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How to Publish a Post on Blogger using Email



Even though blogger boost of a very rich text editor and an interface for writing and publishing posts, there are periods when you might be on the move and an idea will just pop in for you to write an article on. It might even be a news or a discovery. The need to publish any of these as soon as possible could be there.  Convenience might just be another factor, especially if you are away from your PC. You can use the alternative – a mobile phone or tablet to put down this idea. How will you use that? Mobile phones can be discouraging to use with blogger post writing interface. You definitely need an alternative idea that will work better and help you achieve the task of publishing that post. Only a few of us have discovered that you can publish your posts to blogger from anywhere using an email-supported mobile device. Therefore, in this post, I will take through the steps you need to publish posts to blogger using your email while on the go – maybe travelling, in a party with friends, at a colleague’s home, etc.

Blogger mail


One thing with information is that it must be timely. This results in the competition of being the first to update your clients. This is even more crucial if you are working on a news blog where you have several other blogs publishing posts on trending topics. When caught up in this kind of scenario the only choice you will have is to post immediately and I recommend using an email app on your phone to do this. If you have access to a PC and internet connection that might not be necessary. However, for the knowledge of it and unforeseen demands to do so, it is advisable to know how to do it.

Meaning


Publishing a blogger post through email has to do with you creating a post using an email client like Yahoo or Google Mail. After the creation of the email, you send a copy to your blog’s email address and automatically, blogger publishes the post for you. The email address of your blog is different from the google address you use as the login details to blogger. It is slightly different due to the addition of an identifier and @blogger.com domain ending it. This is extensively discussed in what you must do section. Instead of publishing automatically, you can choose to save it as a draft.

This method removes the need to login to Blogspot before creating and publishing posts.

Benefits


Google did not include this method for fun. It has its own usefulness. Hence the inclusion. Among the benefits of email post publishing, I see three cogent ones you will like and definitely prefer.

1.            It is a faster and easier way to publish posts


With this method, the need for a PC and several login processes are removed. You have to open an email client on your mobile device and click new email to get started. For starters faced with the challenge of using blogger as the initial stage, this method provides an easier way to publish your post. Once you are good with creating and send electronic mails, all that remains is to write and send. Blogger will simply do the rest for you.

2.            It's more convenient as that can be done with mobile devices such as phone or tablet.


In an age where everything is going mobile, this method fits in very well. Whether you are on a journey, on vacation, with friends or at a party, you can keep publishing your post once you have a mobile phone with you.

3.            You can publish urgent post focusing on the contents and later update the posts to meet up with expectations.


When using blogger, you might be tempted to add graphics, site attractions, colour codes and so on. This can technically draw your attention from the content you are creating. I am not saying that graphics should not be used; focusing on the content is a better idea before graphics can come in. You can equally add graphics to your post in an email client. My take here is that creating an email helps you to focus on the yardsticks and theme of the content without interrupting the writing flow.

Challenges


In using this method you might be faced with any or a combination of the following challenges:

1.            Poor internet connection can hinder you from sending the email. This can be frustrating if you are urgent about publishing what you have created.

2.            Damaged or stolen mobile phone can hinder you from using this method and resorting to the use of a computer.

3.            A smaller user-interface giving rise to typos and proofreading difficulties which might affect the clarity and decency of your post.

4.            Slows typing speed thus, increasing stress and require much time to create a post, especially if it is a post with many words.

5.            In cases where mobile phones are used, you might be distracted by calls, messages and notifications from social media apps on the phone.

6.            You will not be able to add slugs, image properties, permalinks and labels or tags to the posts.


What you need


To get started with this method of publishing post to blogger, you will the following in place.

1.            Functioning mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) that is internet-ready and has optimum battery capacity to avoid failure or obstruction at dire periods.

2.            An email client. If you are using a smartphone, no need to worry. Modern smartphones come with email clients or applications that enable you to create, receive, send and save emails. You can download from popular online stores like google play.

3.            An email service provider account. This is required, except you will prefer to use the account of another person which, of course, is not safe, inadvisable and unreliable. That can be used by a third party to publish jargons to your blog. Create an email account with google mail, yahoo mail, etc.

       

What you must do first


This method does not just kick off automatically. You have to first configure how you want the posting to be done in your blogger account before it can work. Sometimes, you have this feature disabled by default. Now, I will take you to blogger to get a glimpse of the settings for this. Remember that you also do this before commencing, else it will be a total failure trying to post to your blog without the configuration. It isn’t a hell of a thing to do. First, I show you how to make it a draft instead of direct posting, then the direct posting will come immediately.


Saving as Draft


To set blogger posts sent from email to draft just follow the steps I have provided below.

Step 1

Login to your blogger account providing the authentication details. In case you have more than a blog linked to your account, select the right blog.

Step 2
Blogger Settings

On the side Menu, click Settings and then Email.

Step 3

On the Email tab, locate the Email section with Posting with email field. On the input field provided, enter a word or an identifier that you can easily.
Enter identifier

Let’s assume the email to your blogger account is myblogmail@gmail.com and your chosen word or identifier is send, then the posting email to your blog will be myblogmail.send@blogger.com. You will use this email address when sending posts to this blog.

Step 4

Under the input field in step 3 above, select Save emails as draft post.

Step 5

Save your settings by clicking Save Settings at the top right corner of the window.



“When you select Save emails as draft post, the emails you send to this address will not be published. Instead, they will saved as a copy among your post from where you can work on and later publish. Only use this if you do not want to publish posts automatically”


Settings for direct publishing


With the above, I want to believe that you have an understanding what the next setting for direct publishing should be like. Yes just as you thought. But for better understanding and to eradicate any lingering confusion, let me take you through the process. First, ensure that you are logged in to your account and you’ve selected the right blog if necessary. Now, follow these steps:

Step 1

On the menu lists at the right, click Settings and then Email from the sub-menu.

Step 2

Next, having entered the required detail in the input field, select Publish email immediately. Note that if you have used an identifier before, there is no need to change it again. You will use that same address for posting the email.

Step 3

Save the settings.

Now you have done what is required and necessary from the blogger end. So let’s move on to writing and sending the emails from email clients.


Writing and sending the mail

Writing the content

The next thing is to access you mail client. As I earlier stated, you must have an account with a mail service provider. It is not necessarily one of the big companies. Any account that allows sending and receiving of email is enough to get you going.

In this post, I am using Yahoo account with the new interface. Gmail, Hotmail, etc. As usual, login to your account providing the required details – username and password. Next click Create or Compose Email or whatever button allows you to create a new email.

Enter the subject of the email. Note that this subject is the title of the posts. Therefore, consider writing a title that will capture readers’ attention. Whatever text you enter into the Subject field will be published automatically as the post’s title.

Note that you are sending this as an email to your custom blogger email that has an identifier. Under To, enter the required email address. You can refer to Saving as Draft to review how to generate this custom email. E.g. To: myblogmail.send@blogger.com If you intend to send a copy to a friend or to another of your email, just include that under BCC or CC.

Now, type your post where you would normally type the content of your email. Depending on the type of text editing interface you are using, add formatting of your choice. Common formatting you can include are text colour, font size, listing with bullets and numbers, alignment, font weight, underline and italicise. If the need to add a link arises, Yahoo, Google mail, Live mail, Hotmail all provide a means of adding a link. If you are using a keyboard on a PC, highlight any text you want to use as the link object and press Ctrl+K on your keyboard to access the link creation box. Enter the web address or link as needed.



Once the typing is over, take a little time to review your content. Using mobile devices can result in a high percentage of typos. Consider revising spellings, grammar and vocabulary, while paying attention to the overall tone of the post to ensure that everything is in harmony with the title. When you are satisfied with the content you have created, hit the Send button to publish your posts.

I knew you never expected it to be that simple, but it is. Once you have done the required settings on blogger, the rest is about creating and sending emails for publishing. Now you can publish articles anywhere anytime so long as you have the required devices and tools.

“If you have set the blogger to publish automatically, try removing signatures from the emails you compose. If you leave signatures with the content you have written, the signature will be published alongside everything written.



Before I wrap this up. There is one more thing I will like you to consider and that is cleaning up your post. Yes! You have to clean it up to the required standard to add quality to it, both in appearance and content.

Cleaning up the post


Posts drafted with emails might not be as neat as you had wanted them to be, especially in the aspect of appearance and graphics. For this reason, you will need to clean up any posts published via email by accessing the blogger panel. There are few things you will like to add your post to spice it up and complete the publishing the proper way.

Adding labels


Labels, also called tags, are used to organise posts into categories and subsequently used to display related posts. Having publishing your article with email, at a convenient time, visit blogger and add the appropriate labels or tags to your posts.

Adding pictures


Though you can add pictures in the email composed, the pictures will lack layout controls and SEO tips like alt value, title and if necessary caption. Except you don’t need to include pictures and graphics to the posts then you can let it be. I do not advise people to create textual posts alone without graphics. Adding graphics to sustain readers and not make it boring to read through. Hence, consider adding relevant images. Clean up the images by adding alternative text value and title. Equally, determine the layout and size it will occupy.

Adding slugs and Permalinks


Slugs are short expressions used as part of the permalink of a post. Permalink refers to the permanent web link or address of the post on the blog’s server. It is unique. The concluding part of this link is usually a slug if you added one. This might not be that necessary, but consider adding relevant slugs.

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