Monday, October 6, 2008

Crash Course in Mobile Blogging: Blogger

So, my last message was completely from my phone. I learned a couple of things.
  1. When taking pictures for BlizzCon this weekend, I can't turn the camera/phone on it's side or else I get funny-looking pictures.
  2. Blogger's "Blogger Mobile" kind of sucks.
The first point is kind of obvious. I should have thought about that when I was taking the picture. Today's second post (this one) has everything to do with the second point.

There is a help article here that explains how to use Blogger Mobile. Sounds kind of simple, huh? Well, for somebody that didn't grow up texting, it was a bit more of a challenge. First, I had to figure out how to include something other than numbers in the text message To: box. (There's probably another way, but I just added an e-mail address on a contact, and then I could add the address.) But I didn't figure that out at first. So, at the bottom of that page, they say you can send the keyword HELP to BLOGGER (256447), to which I did. And got this response:
Welcome to Blogger Mobile! Text a post to BLOGGER (256447) then claim your blog at go.blogger.com. To cancel mobile bloggging, text STOP. Other charges may apply.
Great! I tried that, hoping to get a claim token that I can enter here. Nothing. So, I work on trying to figure out the go@blogger.com bit on my phone, to which I did. And so I got this response:
You have not yet registered. Send the word REGISTER in an MMS or email to go@blogger.com. By sending REGISTER you are agreeing to the Blogger TOS (www.blogger.com/tos).
I think the link is humorous because you get an Error 404, Page Not Found. Oh, and I didn't mention that these were the successful messages. Meanwhile, I was getting multiple bounce backs from Postgateway@blogger.com. The final message I get is this:
By registering your device, you have agreed to the Blogger TOS (www.blogger.com/tos).
(Again with the bad address.) So, great! I'm registered! But where's my token? I started searching around on the Internet and found this page. The third and final post is what I ended up doing. Basically... blog by e-mail. Which is something I started doing almost a year ago when I couldn't get to my blog directly anyway. So... while I am grateful for all that Blogger does. Fix your links and text messaging capabilities. Or at least fix the page that explains how to do it.

4 comments:

Elinor said...

dude since I'll be there with you you can just use my iPhone. It will be a whole lot faster.

Leiandra said...

Yeah.. umm.. well.. I needed a back-up plan. (And I didn't think about your iPhone. New fangled technology, bah!)

Brian said...

what do i do when i get that send REGISTER thingy?
ive already set up a mobile blog thing.

also i dont get the difference between blogging with my phone using BLOGGR or 'go@blogger.com'


help me out please. i wanna blog so bad lol

Leiandra said...

I never got it to work like they said. But looks like you did. Maybe they fixed it, who knows? Cool picture on your main site though. :)

(Oh, and... you might want to hide your test sites. tee hee.)