By Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.com
Lots of RVers keep Blogs. Lots more would do so if they knew how easy it is. Here at Geeks on Tour, we think that the free Blogger.com platform by Google is the easiest way to create and maintain a blog. It can be like a personal journal, or it can be a club website, a small business, or just a place to write what’s on your mind. It’s already drop-dead simple, but if you turn on the setting to allow posting by email, it’s even easier.
Set Up Posting with Email
Go to Blogger.com and log in to your account. Click on Settings, then Email and one of the options you will see is “Post Using Email.” Here is where you create a special email address. In this case, the email address starts with odie123, then you fill in some text of your choosing and type it in the space where it says, “SecretWords.” For example, if you type rvusa in that spot, then the email address would be “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
There are also options for what should happen when you send something to that email address. Do you want it to become a published blog post immediately? Or, do you want it to be a draft that you have to revisit before it gets published? I set mine to publish immediately.
So, here’s how it works
I use Gmail and compose a new email. The email address is email@example.com. I type whatever story I want to publish. I add photos by using Gmail’s insert photo button and accessing all my Google Photos. Gmail also has formatting features like bulleted lists, fonts, links, and emojis. Whatever I create in this email becomes a Blog post when I click send.
It is so quick and easy, I feel like I’ve been given a magic wand! I remember trying this feature years ago but I couldn’t get it to work. I had no problem this time. I even composed the email on my smartphone. For more on how to create and manage a Blogger.com blog, see our Blogger Learning Series.
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983 and owned a Computer Training Center called Computer Savvy from 1983-1996. She has been a Fulltime RVer, popular seminar presenter at RV Rallies, and regular contributor to RVTravel, for many years.