Windows Live Writer

Windows has released this desktop app, called Windows Live Writer for writing blogs. I don’t have time to download it now, but I will later today and let you know what it’s all about. In the meantime, go download it yourself and tell me what you think.

Microsoft says:
Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.

So it should be compatible with WordPress and others.

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Published in: on August 14, 2006 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diigo

This is a test post from Diigo.  A neat web 2.0 thing that I can’t quite categorize yet. 

It seems to have a little problem with its wysiwyg editor.  No way to un-link something, kinda like vox.  There’s no edit html source option, either.  But blog writing is not its main purpose, so I’ll let them off on this one.    It seems to be a social bookmarking thingy, like delicious, but with lots more features.

I guess you can click on any of this text and it’ll take you there.

Social Annotation: Seamless Integration of Social Bookmarking, Web Highlighter, Sticky-Note & Clipping


Published in: on August 3, 2006 at 4:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blog visitor etiquette

This was originally posted on my Vox test blog, but I like it so much, I’m copying it here.


If you find something you like on this blog, or something you find useful, please leave me a comment. Even if it’s just to say “Hi, thanks for the info” or “Hi, you’re an idiot.

Now that I’m doing some blogging myself, I realize that it’s just common courtesy to say thanks, or just say you were here when you get something out of a blog you visited. I think it’s especially important if the blog you’re visiting has no comments or relatively few comments. By commenting, you are encouraging the blogger to continue. You are letting them know that someone is in fact reading what they have to say. After all, isn’t that why we’re all doing this.

I am guilty of not leaving comments as much as the next person for several reasons:

  • I can’t be bothered/don’t have the time
  • I don’t think I have anything interesting to say or to add to the discussion already underway
  • I don’t want to have to make the blogger deal with extra text on his/her page.

Yeah, I know that last one is a bit dumb, but I have always felt I was bothering the person if I left them a comment. Now I realize that comments are the lifeblood of blogging. It’s the reason we blog, for others to read and discuss.

I, for one, plan to leave a comment on every blog I find interesting, or get something out of. I read a lot of blogs on web design that have tutorials; tutorials that people have put a lot of work into. They deserve some feedback if their tutorials are being used. The 3 or 4 minutes it takes to leave a quick comment, is much better than having to pay for the information.

So, dammit, I expect to see some comments here, pronto!

Published in: on July 25, 2006 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vox is not ready for prime-time

I’ve been experimenting with the Vox blogging system and while it looks OK, there are two (so far) fundamental problems I’ve found.

  1. You can’t edit your post’s HTML directly
  2. Visitors must sign-in to post a comment

Item 2 is all the more problematic, when you realize that since Vox is in beta, it’s on an invite-only system, so users can’t just pop over to the sign-up page and signup. They have to be invited. It’s just dumb.

I think I’ll keep an eye on it for improvements, but I don’t think I’ll be using it as my regular blog.

Incidentally, I have 1 invite left. If you want to be invited to start a blog on Vox, leave me a comment and I’ll get it off to you right away.

Published in: on July 25, 2006 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

See, I told ya so…

I said it before. I get all gung-ho about blogging when I first start, and then slowly drop off to nothing. Well, I’m not at nothing yet, but I’m approaching. I’ve got all kinds of ideas, but nothing flowing out yet. No time. I hope to have one more post before I go on vacation.

Published in: on July 14, 2006 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jason hits the bigtime on Boagworld podcast

Have you heard the latest Boagworld podcast, #42: Choosing the right design? I’m the guy asking the question about whether it’s ok to be “inspired” by other websites. Paul and Marcus essentially said it’s OK, to a point to get some inspiration — just don’t “copy.” Which is the answer I’d been hoping for. I realize afterwards that what I do a lot is get ideas from several sites at once — maybe a color scheme here, a cool javascript idea there and maybe a neat box or button from a third. I don’t copy those elements, but see how they could fit in with the site I’m creating. It was nice to hear from Paul that while he doesn’t actively seek out inspiration, he does find bits of other sites that could be used, in some form or another (not a copy), in his.

Finally, Paul’s advice was to get inspiration from things in the real world, signs and pictures and things — and that way you can never be accused of stealing someone else’s design.

If you’ve never heard of Boagworld and you’re a web designer or developer, then please go check out his blog and podcast.

PS: Marcus what’s my prize for being the “winning question of the year, so far.” Hey there’s a great idea guys, how about a weekly or monthly giveaway! I’d be honored to be the first.

Published in: on July 10, 2006 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

My love-hate relationship with blogging

I’m a notoriously bad blogger. I love to do it, and I think I’m pretty good at it, but I tend to start strong, posting lots and lots at the beginning and then I slow down to a trickle and eventually abandon the thing altogether. I hope that won’t happen to this blog, since technology lately is making it much easier to blog stuff. It’ll also give you the opportunity to talk back to me, something you don’t often get to do on a regular basis.

Published in: on June 29, 2006 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment