My Mobile Blog Reading Wish For 2010

Posted by: on Feb 7, 2010 | 22 Comments

As some of you know, I am a bit of a road warrior and a Mobile fanboy.  To keep on top of my blog reading, I often find myself reading my blog list on my iPhone.  In fact I even wrote a blog post about stealing time for Blog reading and Social Media.  Most of time I am using Google Reader to catch up on my blog reading, but sometimes as I find new blogs I read the blogs directly on the blog website and not using Google Reader.  While the mobile Safari Browser on the iPhone is great, it is even better when blogs have a specific mobile site.

For those of you using WordPress to maintain your blogs, there are 2 great plugins that will automatically create a version of your site for most mobile phones.  The plugins are WPtouch and MobilePress.

Here is an example of my Blog using WPtouch:

Here is an example of the HR Think Tank blog using MobilePress:

As you can see the mobile plugins reformat the site to fit within the mobile browser window so that you do not need to pinch and zoom to see the actual blog post content.

So, my mobile blog reading wish for 2010 is that everyone who maintains a blog will install a plugin to enable mobile reading.

22 Comments

  1. Adowling
    February 7, 2010

    Adding that to my to do list for tomorrow. I love the look of it, it makes commenting a lot easier too.

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Looking forward to you adding a mobile plugin to your site. Yes it definitely helps with commenting.

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  2. Lance Haun
    February 7, 2010

    I am a big fan of WPTouch too. I wish for every site on the internet to be mobile enabled. It would make virtually every appointment more productive when I am forced to wait.

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  3. Deirdre
    February 8, 2010

    That is really cool. How do images do on it? Do they load ?

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Images load just fine, but they will probably end up above/below the text so the mobile formatting works correctly. The mobile plugins create sites optimized for the specific device/OS (iPhone, Blackberry, Android etc…)

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  4. Bill Kutik
    February 8, 2010

    Great looking post, Mike, but get a life, willya? I assume you’re reading these blogs while driving through the drizzle and mist of Portland. When else would you have the time? Can’t people be alone with their own thoughts for five minutes, anymore? Or have five minutes to do so? Of course, I’m just being a jealous Luddite. I still get my blogs via e-mail: may Feedburner and Feedblitz never die!

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      I get my alone time with my thoughts on my flights between Portland and Denver when I am in the air. However, all that time waiting to board and deboard the plane is used to catch up on my blog reading. I think in 2009 that the HR bloggers determined that there is no such thing as work/life balance so I no longer have to worry about getting a life!

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  5. Ben Eubanks
    February 8, 2010

    Already using WP Touch, hot rod. Now get to reading. :-)

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Hot rod? LOL. You are the first to call me that and I will wear it as a badge of honor!

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  6. Joan E Ginsberg
    February 8, 2010

    I looked at these but didn’t understand them. Come to Detroit and install this stuff for me. Bring a dog or two.

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Good idea. My dogs are pretty good with WordPress plugins but how about I just call you instead.

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  7. Beth N. Carvin, Nobscot Corporation
    February 8, 2010

    Both of those programs look to be great recommendations. (Very nice displays.) No doubt the iPhone and others similar technologies are disrupting the way large numbers of people do business and keep up with their industry.

    We HR vendors would be wise to stay on top of this and be sure we are providing ways for our clients to be easily interacting with us and our products via their mobile devices.

    PS. I’m glad you are keeping up with your reading regardless of what device or pieces of paper you use. Question for you – do you find that you concentrate more, the same or less when reading over the phone, computer or hard copy report/magazine?

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Yes, be wise. Please be wise. I can’t tell you how many people I see these days with a mobile device doing much much more than using it as a cell phone.

      Excellent question on concentration. In reality I actually concentrate the most when reading hard copy, followed by computer and then iPhone. However, as I spent more and more time keeping up via my iPhone, I am slowly starting to prefer using my iPhone. In fact, I probably spend more time reading tweets via TweetDeck on my iPhone than TweetDeck or HootSuite on my computer. The ability to scroll through tweets or blogs post by swiping my finger up and down on my iPhone is a far better user experience than using a mouse to scroll. The touch interface in my iPhone has dramatically changed my “workflow” to be less hard copy time and less computer time.

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      • Beth N. Carvin, Nobscot Corporation
        February 8, 2010

        It’s interesting, isn’t it, that the user experience for the hand (and eye?) is more important than the user experience for the brain? Looks like our brains are going to have to catch-up!

        I think I both envy and pity the young. They will be completely adapted to computer/phone reading and comprehension (envy) but miss the enjoyment of paper (pity).

        Funny how things change. I posted some tweets to links with old advertisements for office equipment. The ads talked about the amazing productivity gains to be had from…….a pen! An adding machine! A water bubbler!

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  8. Lisa Rosendahl
    February 8, 2010

    Set me up on Squarespace will you?

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 8, 2010

      Squarewho? Seriously thought, let me check and see if Squarespace supports mobile sites.

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  9. Deirdre
    February 9, 2010

    I like Joan’s comment. Come to DTW. Then the @pdxmikek fan club can meet and we can hang at the cottage with our dogs and have some serious fun. And talk about plugins. :)

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  10. Tammy Colson
    February 9, 2010

    thanks for the mobile tip, Michael.
    I’ll be adding it to my websites.

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  11. Sarah White
    February 10, 2010

    I love having the mobile access for my blog – great reminder for how easy it is for the great blogs that don’t have it already!

    #hoodielove

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  12. Jason Davis
    February 10, 2010

    Relevant post Mike, and thanks for showing HR Think Tank – much appreciated! In looking at this, I might have to switch over to WPTouch, really like the look of that.

    Towards the end of my road warrior days, an interesting thing happened: I stopped carrying a laptop all together. This meant I was 100% reliant on my blackberry, and even if the browser was as good then as they are now, I probably wouldn’t have spent much time on the blogs if they weren’t mobile enabled.

    Great message here for vendors and really any company out there – mobile sites are a great idea. People are increasingly mobile and a focus on having your site, or even better your apps, work seamlessly with mobile technology will be a significant competitive advantage.

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    • Michael Krupa
      February 10, 2010

      You are welcome. I actually like the look of WPtouch better but I think the functionality is about the same. I have not stopped carrying around a laptop in my travels but I spent way more time on iPhone than the laptop these days.

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