Before I leave for work each day, I make sure that I update the New York Times on my phone. I also make sure that I update my google reader app. I actually look forward to my subway ride in the mornings because I have daily built in reading time. After reading through the Times and my blogroll during my morning commute, I feel up to date on current events and ready to start the day.
Since I’ve started doing my newspaper reading on my mobile device I find myself preferring different sections than when I was reading the actual paper version of the newspaper. My favorite articles come from the ‘Most E-Mailed’ section, where I like the variety of stories featured and I like knowing that what I’m reading is being shared and discussed by other readers. My new favorite section of the Times doesn’t even exist in the traditional, physical paper.
I also find my taste in blogs has shifted since I’ve started to do most of my reading on my small mobile screen. I prefer shorter posts that are to the point. I hate to take up an entire subway ride on one post, in fact if a post is too long I’ll usually just skim it and move onto the next item in my RSS feed. I also find that if I’m early for a dinner date or waiting in line for coffee I’ll pop onto my phone for something to keep me occupied and entertained while I wait. I want to look at something that will distract me for a moment and nothing too daunting.
How often do you read articles or blog posts on your phone? Do you think your surrounding environment influences what you like to read?
A very exciting publication developed by the EdLab, New Learning Times, was designed and created with the mobile user in mind. The content is captivating and consists of articles, reviews and visualizations focused on the entire learning landscape. New Learning Times tends to be forward-thinking compared to other publications; it focuses on current and future learning trends and is made for mobile viewership. Check it out on your phone, ipad or tablet. As reading on mobile devices becomes the norm, does this change the way you write blog posts?