Thursday, July 7, 2011

Activate Blogger mobile format

I should have done this a while back for all my "Blogger" bloggers who don't keep up with the techy times.  Blogger announced at the beginning of the year that they would be implementing some new ways to view blogs and some new tools for bloggers.  One of the things I was most excited about was the new mobile format.  A while back they issued it in draft and now it is available for all 27 of the new templates right from your settings!  Even if you still use an older template it will automatically reformat your blog into a smartphone friendly format.

Here's the deal:  mobile formatting works with your present template, you do not have to change your template at all in order for it to work.  In fact, activating the mobile blogger template is simple.  From your dashboard click the settings tab and then click email and mobile.  At the top you will see the section to activate the mobile template and preview it.

Enabling the mobile template will allow easier access to readers who view your blog from a smartphone.  Like I said, no drastic steps necessary, just a few clicks of the mouse and Blogger does the rest.  Your mobile readers and commenters (like me) will thank you for it.  

If you usually use a feed reader to view Blogger blogs from your smartphone, you should take the time to bookmark those that you read and would like to comment on once they have activated the mobile template.  Clicking on the link in your reader is not going to have the same effect.  Usually it gives you a goodle-reformatted page that isn't as friendly as the blogger mobile template.  Plus, you can easily see the comments on the post that you normally miss in a reader.  No longer are you prevented from commenting by busy webpages that bog down your browser.  Congratulations!  Now you can get in on the conversation while you are on the go :) 

We now return you to your regularly scheduled (and hopefully more edifying) programming.

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