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May 9, 2015

Gush and Gripe: Mobile Settings


Are You Mobile?


Like a lot of you, my smart phone is an extension of my life. Well my blogger life at least. I get to read, connect, blog, and hop around the sphere ANYWHERE at ANYTIME in one device. It's super convenient and a huge time saver. My favorite perk is my down time is actually MINE because I've done my blogger duties during my work hours (shhh!) by spending my spare minutes reading posts and commenting. 

So I thought I'd share some my mobile adventures with you and hopefully you'll take away something useful today. I'm in no way an expert on this sort of thing, but I think I have something valuable to share with the rest of you that may help you improve your blog in some way.


DISCLAIMER: I'm on Blogger so if you're on a different platform, you might need to consult with other users to help you with the specifics.


I'll start with, are you mobile? Meaning is your blog's mobile view activated? You don't have to activate it, but when one is on a mobile device, a desktop site might be too slow to load because of your widgets and harder to navigate. For example, I can't view my weekly BB&B posts (mobile or desktop view) on my Kindle because my browser crashes from the Amazon widgets I use. You might want to sporadically check your posts especially if there's a lot of images involved just to make sure it's loading properly.

If you are mobile, ensure that your posts are legible. Meaning is your background/font color too dark/light? Is your font size too large/small? It's worth checking for these things just to make sure that your followers can actually read/view your posts without causing blindness, cross-eye, and the like.


There's a lot of templates to choose from. I chose the custom setting so Talk Supe's mobile version is cohesive with the desktop one.


TIP: We all hate capcha on desktop, imagine having to key in the same darn thing on a small device! Please do everyone a favor and spare our days, deactivate your capcha! Below is my comment setting. It's been working okay so far, there are few stragglers but those instances are far and few in between.




Is you are using Disqus (I'm not familiar with the settings) or a different commenting platform, double check if it's loading properly and fast enough. Also it helps when we don't have to keep on entering our names, email, and website EVERY TIME we try to leave a comment. I've also had experiences with select Wordpress blogs I follow wherein I get a JavaScript error (both via iPhone & android) when I try to leave a comment, which is odd because my JavaScript setting is enabled. After much discussion with Julie (Chapter Break), we found out that the error is triggered by a spam filter on the Wordpress comment settings. You might have to ask a fellow Wordpress user for the specifics.






As a parting reminder, please check your mobile settings on both Apple and Android devices just to make sure that you got your bases covered. The goal is: make viewing and commenting on your blog easy, the lesser hoops the better (some peeps are on strict data plans, others have restrictions on their browsers like in work, etc.).

I hope you partook some useful things from my humble post. Again, I'm no authority when it comes to these things, I'm just sharing what I've observed, experienced, and done to my own settings which may or may not be helpful and/or applicable to you. Also, let me reiterate that the objective of this post is to put us in the shoes of our mobile followers. We might not be mobile bloggers but we have "mobile" followers and they're just as important as our "desktop" ones. Every view and comment counts so don't discount the minory. Please feel free to share your best practices and other tweaks that you know of that we might find useful. 







Talk Supe


49 comments:

  1. I do not really check blogs on my phone cos then I have to log in to comment and I am too lazy

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    1. Your settings are okay from a follower's POV

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  2. It's like you read my mind Braine! After seeing the awful stats through mobile phones and how badly my blog looked through Android, I've devoted some time this week to fixing it up. Hopefully it works better for you. I do think this is important, because so many people read things on the go now!

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    1. We got to make sure our bases are covered, right? Ever comment and view counts!

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  3. I confess that I don't really use my phone for the blog, it's really too complicated with mine.

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    1. Still check it on behalf of your followers. You might be surprised with what you'll discover

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  4. OK, I'm following you again on Bloglovin' ;) I never use my phone for the blog, I mostly use it for the... trains ! There's a useful app to see if (when !) my train will be late and which platform it will be on, then I call my boyfriend to start diner without me lol. And my eldest daughter likes to text me a lot. Apart from that... I don't use my phone a lot, I love my good old keyboard !

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    1. Me too! But you have followers who use their phones (me included) to view, visit, comment on your blog.

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  5. I've tried using the Bloglovin' app on my phone, but it always tells me that my password is wrong when I KNOW I've typed it correctly. I love being able to check out Twitter and Goodreads on my phone, but I still prefer browsing blogs on my desktop because I just find it a whole lot faster.

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    1. I do too but at the end of my workday, I'm too bet to blog hop so I try to do that slowly throughout the day thru my devices

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  6. What a great post, Braine. I know my blog is mobile, but I could never have to patience to do any blogging on my cellphone. I do however, check Bloglovin' on my iPad from time to time. But again, reading and commenting is a bit of a struggle for me on there. I still prefer my macbook or my desktop when i do any blogging of sorts.

    I sometimes do my blogging duties at work during lunchtime and downtime (which has been rare, as of late), so your secret's safe with me. Lol.

    Happy Mother's Day, Braine!

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    1. I love bloglovin! It made blog hopping so much easier for me

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  7. I don't have a smartphone so I can't check my own site personally but I have uploaded it on that mobile checker website and it showed my site. So I'm guessing it works fine. :\ Great post though. It wasn't until years later that I realized I had to do something to actually make my site mobile friendly. It never occurred to me since I don't have a smart phone.

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  8. Very professional advice and well structured to boot. Pity I'm not on blogger :( Happy Mother's Day, ducks!

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    1. I'm sure there's a setting somewhere in your platform where you can check stuff

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  9. Oh good reminders! I "think" mine are set right for the blog. I know I had an issue when I changed my template last time because I forgot to change the mobile ones to the new color scheme.

    My issue--that I know of--is that my shareaholic for some reason refuses to show on mobile and I can't for the life of me figure out what's causing that.

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    1. I was supposed to include shareaholic in this post but it's too long. I decided to do it in a different post instead

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    2. I really wish I could figure out why mine won't show on mobile. I have all my setting right but it just will not show through on those. Drives me crazy.

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  10. I use my android phone to comment all the time and agree this is an issue I come across frequently. I have a post on Tuesday about comments.

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  11. I use my android phone to comment all the time and agree this is an issue I come across frequently. I have a post on Tuesday about comments.

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    1. I look forward to that post. You do get tons of comments, share your secrets!!! Lol

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  12. This is such an informational post! I don't have a phone with internet, so I only visit blogs on my computer. I also spend my whole day behind my computer, so I don't really have need for a phone with internet. But this means I never have a clue how my sites look on tablets or phones, my Lola's Reviews site has a responsibe theme, so that should show up okay? I had to activate a mobile version of the theme on my Lola's Blog Tours sites, but I think most fo the design get's lots on mobile devices as it isn't a responsive theme, which is a shame. I do have some spam filter plugins, not sure if they cause an issue on phones. I'll have to check it out once. It's interesting to hear your point of view as a mobile follower as I usually don't think about how my sites looks and work on mobile phones. Great post and it's certainly an important topic to think about!

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    1. Thank you!

      Your book blog is fine on mobile. No issue there.

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  13. You reminded me that I should the mobile site on android! Will do that asap. I just found out or footer looks weird on a dektop so I have to fix that soon too. But working on mobile is definitely a big deal because a lot more people check blogs on mobile now (myself included). And captcha! Ugh I hate that damn thing. I mean, why are the images so blurry?! Great topic Braine! Thanks for sharing, I'm not in Blogger but I'm sure this will be very useful! Sometimes bloggers forget about the mobile aspects of a blog.

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    1. Yeah, I mean I've started using my phone more and more when my laptop's wireless nic gave out. It's been an eye opening experience so far

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  14. My blog used to look like shite when on a mobile/tablet! But now that I am using the Genesis Framework, it's been great because it's pretty much built in to be mobile responsive. Everytime I go on my blog using my phone, it looks fine! I don't usually use my phone for blogs, though. Typing on a phone, even a smartphone, is too time-consuming for me haha

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. That's great. I hope non-blogger users read this comment, that's a great tip!

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  15. I only visit through my computer, but you make good points. I'm not sure how Shari has our blog set when it comes to mobile settings.

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    1. It's always good to know your product from different angles...

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  16. Yep, my site is mobile friendly from what I can tell, as I've never had any feedback on it otherwise, and I use my phone to check in with blogs occasionally too. But I prefer to use the desktop or tablet pc instead.

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    1. Desktop is always the best. Being mobile is convenient when you're trying to max out your time, you know what I mean?

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  17. This is helpful. My phone is an old iphone so I can't do much with it but when I get my new galaxy, then I am doing all my comments on it. :)

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    1. I love the convenience. I don't have to be stuck for an hour or two at the end of the day doing my blog duties. I can squeeze it in my day

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  18. My blog is still going through the changes, but I will double check them when I'm done! Great post Braine!

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    1. Yours is fine, Disqus just loads slower on mobile

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  19. I love how easy going mobile is with Blogger, especially since search rankings from Google are now taking into account if there is a mobile site available.

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    1. Oh I didn't know that! That's awesome!

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  20. Good stuff, Braine. I'm pretty sure my blog is working okay on mobile but I do use Disqus for comments and I don't know things like do you have to keep filling in your name. I'll check it out. :) I *do* know that your blog has always been easy for me to visit from my phone, though.

    Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, my friend!! Enjoy your week. Oh, and I'll post pics from RT. :)

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    1. Oh thanks for that feedback! Disqus can load slow sometimes and it relies of cookies so when you clear out your deck, it'll ask you to sign back in.

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  21. Thank you for this! It drives me crazy when I have to try to read a blog that's not mobile friendly.

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    1. The desktop version on mobile is so "sensitive". Like one mis-swipe and the page jumps to the next post or you're redirected somewhere

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  22. I always seem to have a problem with some WP blogs as far as commenting goes. Sometimes I have to sign into WP account to comment and how irritating is that if I don't have one or don't want to create one. But our blog is mobile friendly (thank good gravy) and as a big user on my phone especially t work..this post is very informative.

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    1. Oh yeah, the constant loging and fill in the blanks irritates me too! Thanks, Sharonda!

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  23. Great post! I've recently changed my blogger template to one that is mobile responsive, so far it has worked on all of the devices I tried, but I'll be checking for a while to make sure it's still running smoothly. I did have to remove disqus though since it wasn't updating after the Google api update, don't know if I'll add it back at all yet.

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