We live in a day where most people think they cannot live without the internet. For those of us who work at least part of the time online that is a pretty true statement.
I don’t know about you but I seem to find myself where there is no internet or internet is not easily accessible much of the time.
If you have read my post In My Other Life… then you know that my job offline is to drive a school bus.
I not only drive my route twice a day but I also drive quite a few trips. Sometimes it feels like I spend a good share of my life on a school bus without internet. There are times when I will go and find a coffee shop with free internet if I am going to be somewhere for an extended length of time but most of the time I just sit on the bus and wait for the kids to play their game or do what ever it is they are there to do.
Being without the internet when I have comments to reply to, posts to write and commenting on others posts to be done, is a real hardship for me and I am sure for anyone else who finds themselves in a similar situation.
I have been looking for ways to be able to do some of these things off line. This would solve a lot of problems.
I have found several ways that work very well to do my blogging chores offline .
Commenting On Posts While Offline
Figuring out how to read posts and write comment off line was the first chore I set out to solve. I have been doing this for about a year now.
When I first started reading posts and commenting off line I would go to every post I needed to comment on, copy the entire post, paste it in an email and email it to myself. Then I would open the emails on my iPad while I had internet. This allowed me to access the posts when I did not have internet. I would then read the posts and write a comment on the post in a reply to that email. When I was back to where I had internet the reply would automatically be sent to me. Then I could get on my computer, go to the post for the reply and paste the comment in the comment box.
This all worked very well but was quite time consuming coping all of those posts.
Pocket is great because I can use it on my computer, iPhone and iPad. It is very easy to use after it is set up. I can right click on any link and save it to Pocket. Then later on when I am on the bus I just pull out my iPad or iPhone, open Pocket and there are all of the posts I want to read. This saves me so much time collecting the posts.
I am still writing the comments in an email on my iPad and that works really well.
Writing Posts Offline
I had mastered reading posts and writing comments offline but one day I needed to work on a post while offline. This proved to be more challenging as most of the apps I found for the iPod required an internet connection to write a post.
After some research I found the iPad app BlogPad Pro. What a lifesaver this is. This app is compatible with WordPress.com and selfhosted WordPress.org sites. I can compose my posts, read comments and reply to comments while offline. It is very easy to use and works great.
What about you?
Are there times you wish you could write a post or comment on someone else’s post but there is no internet? Do you have more suggestions as to how to blog when it is not always possible to be connected to the internet? Maybe you have other suggestions about blogging that would be helpful.
Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. I love to get comments and would love to hear from you.
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