According to the recent Pew Report on Mobile [Sept 2012] , more and more people are using smartphones to access the Internet.
And you might be thinking, "Well, Caroline, most people access my blog through an RSS reader like Google Reader and that's already optimized for mobile so why should I even bother with making sure my blog is optimized as well?"
Further, I've written before about what a Cousin Hunter's main goal with a genealogy and family history blog is - to attract cousins [or other researchers of the same family lines] so that you can collaborate with them. And? Not all of these folks - if any - will be coming from the genealogy and family history blog population.
It's nice and can be helpful to connect with other genealogy and family history bloggers, but not all [and I say, "not all" because I have, indeed, connected with other gen bloggers who turned out to be cousins] will end up being related to you. [I mean, what would be the odds of that happening - ALL your cousin connections from gen bloggers?!?]
This is really about knowing who your target audience is ~ anyone who happens to be looking online through different means [Google Search, Social Media Networks, etc.]. That's who.
So let's take a look at a Weebly site and a Blogger blog [both mine] and see what they actually look like when they are NOT optimized for a mobile device.
Also, there are some added swiping features on the Blogger Platform that are really, really sensitive so a reader can go to previous or next blog posts. Now, I don't have 'fat fingers', but when I'm in the middle of trying to zoom and expand the blog posts on my iPhone I always end up on a previous blog post or the next blog post and NOT the blog post I was trying to read.
And quite frankly, nothing you write and nothing I write is worth all that work. It's a big pain. Personally, I've visited so many blogs via a direct link using my iPhone and I've pretty much have memorized those blogs that are not optimized. And I don't click on their links anymore. I move on to the next one. [Think about that. Who else is skipping without reading?]
Here's what both of my blogs look like on my iPhone once they are optimized for mobile devices. I scrolled passed the blog headers in the screenshots so that you could see the blog posts. [Please note that optimizing your blog for mobile devices does not change how your blog looks on a desktop or laptop. It will still look the same with its sidebar(s) as it does now. However, the sidebar(s) are dropped in mobile view when optimized.]:
Now? The How-To with fancy screenshots. ;)
Steps to optimize your Blogger Blog for mobile devices:
Any questions? Please let me know in comments below or Contact Me.