JusJoJan — How On Earth?


For today’s Just Jot It January prompt, Linda G. Hill got her suggestion from Pamela over at Butterfly Sand. Pamela gave us the word “curiosity.

Speaking of curiosity, in a post the day before yesterday I wrote, “I blog exclusively from my iPhone.” That statement apparently piqued the curiosity of a few people who read it.

One blogger asked,

“How on earth do you manage to do all your blogging on an iPhone? I think I’d throw it out of the window after about 20 minutes!”

Another blogger wanted to know,

“How on earth do you blog on an iPhone, you must be young and type with your thumbs. I’m somewhat set in my ways and cannot conceive of trying to do it that way, I need a full size keyboard and a decent screen so my two finger typing can progress.”

So how on earth do I blog from my iPhone? Well, I’ll tell you. Before I retired at the end of 2016, I was somewhat of a road warrior. I traveled much of the time. Back in 1997, 22 years ago, my boss at the time handed me a BlackBerry device.

He said, “Fandango, you need to never be out of touch when you’re on the road. This BlackBerry will enable you to receive, respond to, and send emails immediately from wherever you’re traveling.”

And so began being connected to my job 24×7. I became quite adept at thumb typing on the tiny physical keyboard on my BlackBerry device. I could type out an email on it almost as fast as I could on my laptop.

In 2010 I migrated from the BlackBerry to an iPhone. I admit, it took me a while to adjust from the BlackBerry’s tiny physical keyboard to the iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad. But after a while I became pretty good at that, too. So using my iPhone to blog is not a big leap.

It also makes me more nimble. I don’t have to be sitting at a desk in order to read and write posts. I also don’t have to be lugging around a three-pound device that is way too big to fit into my pocket in order to blog. I wrote a post on the bus yesterday while on my way to the dentist. I’m writing this while sitting on the toilet. Actually that’s a lie. Or is it? You’ll never know.

I average, according to my iPhone’s screen time log, about 10 hours a day on my iPhone, about two-thirds of which is on WordPress. I probably spend fewer than 10 hours a month on my laptop.

I admit that touch typing on a full size keyboard on my laptop is probably faster and with fewer typos than using my iPhone’s virtual keypad. But the flexibility of using my always with me, wherever I am iPhone outweighs that. So, it’s just a matter of getting used to thumb typing. And I love being untethered.

Now if WordPress could just stop being so wonky and if Trump would be impeached, everything would be good with the world. My world, anyway.

16 thoughts on “JusJoJan — How On Earth?

  1. Michele Jones January 22, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    I comment many times from my phone. But when I compose it is usually from my desktop/laptop. Since you use your iPhone exclusively, did you try using voice dictation?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 22, 2019 / 2:12 pm

      I tried, but for some reason my mind focuses better when I write than when I speak.


  2. eschudel January 22, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    I can’t even figure out how to use WP Reader, or the WP app on my iPhone or iPad…


    • Fandango January 22, 2019 / 2:14 pm

      It takes some getting used to, particularly if you’re used to working from a PC or laptop.


  3. The Haunted Wordsmith January 22, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I can read and hit like on my phone, or maybe manage a small comment but…my phone’s keyboard is haunted, thinks itsifik is a real word, and the other day thought the letter f was a snake. Out of curiosity, I also checked my phone’s specs against an iPhone and it’s about half the size. So, I guess size does matter…sometimes 🙂

    However you choose to do it – keep doing it. I don’t want to live without my laptop.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hélène - Willow Poetry January 22, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks, I enjoy my keyboard. Kudos to you for doing it all on your iPhone. Spending 10 hours a day on your iPhone, my eyes would be crooked permanently by now. I need large fonts. Probably time I get going on my cataract surgery since I noticed that large fonts are seeming much smaller recently.

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  5. RhScribbles January 22, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Me too. Most is done on iPhone. However, I want to start using my photos so I need to create a space where I can access them from my phone. (Not iCloud)

    Liked by 1 person

      • RhScribbles January 22, 2019 / 2:35 pm

        I want to access several years ago and they are stored elsewhere… I’ll move them to google

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Paula Light January 22, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    I’m the same. Never thought it would happen, but after I wrecked my laptop I had no choice for several months and I grew to love the app. In fact, after I got a new laptop and checked out my blog that way, the reader was clunky and annoying to use and even composing posts was less efficient. I have all my photos and bitmojis here on my phone too. Now I keep my laptop for work and writing, which makes sense. Once there, no goofing off! In theory…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sadje January 22, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    I do that too, use my iPhone or iPad for blogging. One problem though is that the battery drain so fast that I need to carry a power bank with me.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. leigha66 February 3, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    I am starting to get more comfortable using my phone to read and respond to posts and comments, but still prefer my laptop. I guess it is all in what you get used to. … I think it would scare me if I know how much time I was on my phone and laptop each day!

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