1. When inspiration says hello, don't let go
Ideas can come anytime, anywhere; and some even strike your head at the least expected times like traffic jam and shower time. When they do, of course you don't want to miss a single piece of them. That's where the smartphone comes in handy, because you can simply put some key notes on such ideas, or even write the entire blog there right away, before it leaves your heads and leads you to numbers of sleepless nights trying to figure out what was it you came up with that very moment.
I usually use Google Drive to keep my writings, because every file that we store there is within reach from our smartphones, tablets, and laptops; thus it enables us to use our laptop to continue the work that we do on our phone, or the other way around, no e-mail attachment needed. Like they said, "Wherever you go, your files follow". I used to do the work with Evernote, which is also very helpful, but I found that Google Drive have wider options of files to be stored, including spreadsheets and presentation slides. Here is how it looks on my phone and my desktop:
Whenever I write my blog, I usually open some applications or sites to check if I used the right words, or if some data was accurate, and I even open camera and photo editor app in between just to make sure that I'd have a great and related picture to be put on the post that I work on. For an effective multitasking in which a lot of applications and works are performed simultaneously, I found that Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are highly accomodating, because their improved capacity of RAM which is 2GB (in J5) and 3GB (in J7) allow us to run many applications without a slowdown when switching from one application to another.
2. When things got interesting, snap a picture
Our phone's camera is totally useful when we don't have our pocket (or DSLR, or mirrorless, or whatever) camera with us. It's not that I'm one of those people who take pictures of every single food they eat (from every possible angle! Like, first, food only; second, selfie with the food; and third, "could you please take a picture of me with this strawberry cheese cake?") or those who occupy the fitting room for half an hour taking pictures of every piece that they try on; but we can get inspirations even from the simplest things we see today, and even if they might not be quite useful for now, looking back at them in the future could possibly lead us to a story we didn't think of before. Maybe, maybe not, but who knows, right?
Coming with 13MP camera that is completed with f1.9 apperture, Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are definitely our best friends in capturing clear and beautiful pictures, even at night or other low light conditions. Also, the 5MP (on J5) and 8MP (on J7) front camera is surely an answer for sharp selfie pictures.
3. Make a bit of correction (or much) when necessary
Cropping, adding brightness/contrast, or making collages; whatever the effort that your pictures call you to make them look better, a lot of apps have been available in smartphone to do so.
I personally love VSCO and Snapseed to do the job. VSCO has numerous adjustment tools with wide range of accuracy levels, while Snapseed has these "selective" tool where you can choose to brighten or sharpen certain areas of your preference inside the picture to make them stand out. Both have lots of filters options too!
What's cool about Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 is that they have very high resolution screens, which is 1280x720 (HD) on J5 and 1080x1920 (Full HD) on J7. Thus, we would be able to enjoy a clear view of the pictures which would lead us to a comfortable experience when doing the editing. The sharp displays also give us more room for digital zooming without having to lose too many details.
4. Keep your blog life and your personal life linked but still separated
I personally view that we need separated storages between anything that links to us as a blogger, and us as "us", who might someone's mom, or husband, or friend. Of course both are the same person, but each would take different portions of our time and focus for us to live a balanced life.
That's why, for example, I set up a new e-mail account, hence when the notifications pop up, I would quickly notice if it is related to my blog or not. I mean, I subscribe to a lot of newsletters (to be one of the first to know when the discount season arrives, of course!) and by looking at my inbox at the picture below, you will find out how easy it would be to miss one or two or more blog-related e-mails if I didn't separate them from my personal address.
E-mail accounts on smartphone's mail manager
Also, I consciously choose between the time for blogging and for not to. I don't think it'd be pleasant for my husband to come home from work only to find me writing all night, or take me on a date only to have me staring at my phone screen. On top of that, I don't prefer texting while driving, nor walking (Seriously, aren't you annoyed with the people who walk VERY slowly because they are busy texting, while they actually take a huge space in the middle of the mall aisle, and keep you from going through, and do not move even after an "excuse me" because whatever they are writing on their phones certainly keeps them from being aware of their surroundings?)
The dual-SIM card Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 are very helpful in linking-but-separating both lives, because they allow you to have 2 contact numbers in a single handset. With this feature, you can give one number to your blog site's partners and keep the other to your family and friends only, without having to bring 2 phones everywhere. We hate it when we rushingly dig our purses to reach our phone when it rings, only to find that we pick the wrong device, don't we?
5. Keep it full tank
One point to remember: keep your smartphone charged. Remember, you don't wanna find it dead when you need it!
Picture taken from We Heart It
But hey, Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 have come with an innovation called Ultra Power Saving mode, on top of their long lasting battery power, which would help to reduce your battery consumption, and enable you to use your smartphone even longer. What a good news!
That's from me about 5 ways to use your smartphone for effective blogging activities, and how the advanced technology on Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 would give even a more pleasant experience for us bloggers. Click here to see the full specifications of Samsung Galaxy J5 and here for Samsung Galaxy J7.
Label : Competition
I feel really lucky that we now live in the era where we can do (almost) everything online using our mobile phone or laptop.
Like couple of days ago; I was at the clinic for a medical check up and I had to wait for an hour before the result came out. Hence, I went to the clinic's coffee shop and had some breakfast there. After an hour, I decided to approach the cashier to settle the bill, and guess what: I didn't bring my wallet!
I panicked and immediately called my husband who already arrived at his office that moment (I don't know why I called knowing that he couldn't help much since he was 7 kilometers away, working). He calmed me down (well, that's the why) and told me to order a ride through an online app for our house guard, to send the wallet from the house to the clinic. I called my mother-in-law to help finding my wallet in my room (thank God we live with her!) and pass it to the guy before I ordered the ride straight away. Problem solved.
It’s that easy! I mean, I remember making my mom upset back in school days because I sometimes accidentally left my books, or homework, or wore the wrong clothes (I’m still wondering why there had to be 4 types of uniforms for 6 school days. Jeez.), and my mom had to drive back and forth to send them to me. Fast forward to 10 years later, here we are being able to enjoy such a simple life delivering things we need only by using our handset.
On top of that, shopping has been made easier with online shopping platforms all around us. I was sick and had to be laying on my bed last week, yet I knew that I would need some make up for an upcoming event. Thus, I watched some make up reviews, checked out some online stores for price & quality comparisons, before I made a payment on the payment portal using my credit card, and voila! The order arrived at my door only 2 days later. Even on my healthy days, I enjoy buying things - especially groceries - online, for it saves me a lot of time! I mean, doing it online means that I wouldn't have to dress up, drive through Jakarta's traffic, find a parking lot, nor make a queue at the store.
Of course I also realize that there are a lot of online shopping's downsides, especially the increase on fraud risk - which happened a lot more lately. Hence, here are the 4 safe ways in doing online transactions that you need to remember:
1. Purchase from trusted online shops only
It's not recommended to share our password nor data on an untrustworthy site (seriously, people can make huge money simply by using our data!) and I'm quite happy that a lot of trusted sites already partner with credit card companies and provide a secured gateway for online transactions, through which the payment can only be done upon the key in of a verification code that is sent to the customer's registered phone number.
2. Make online transfer securely
Some online shops require us to pay by making a transfer to the company’s or the owner’s bank account. Should you use m-banking or e-banking service to do such, it's highly recommended to log out upon every transaction. Also, do not share your password and try to avoid keeping it in the same device that you use for the transactions.
3. Always use your own device
Many public computers keep cookies to their browsers, which means it also saves usernames and passwords. Hence, always use your own laptop or mobile phone for every online transaction.
4. Keep track of your transactions
It's always a good idea to check your electronic statements regularly and compare them to the documentation of your transactions, to see if there is any fraudulent charges on your cards or banking accounts. Make sure to immediately call the bank or your card provider if you found any.