For the past few months, I've been using RocketPost, an offline blog editor for Windows. I tend to experiment with tools like these - I'm also trying out QumanaXP beta - as I search for an ideal editor. So far, RocketPost has been a great tool. It's powerful and simple to use with an interface that is easy to understand. It offers some great features and I thought it is indeed the best such tool out there on the Windows platform. Until now. Earlier this week, RocketPost checked online for … [Read more...] about The trouble with RocketPost
If you use the TypePad hosted blog service, you'll likely find TypePad Hacks extremely useful as a resource to figure out how to, well, hack TypePad. You'll undoubtedly find the 40 ways TypePad could rock even harder very useful in seeing the things you'd love to be able to do with TypePad but just can't. The man behind TypePad Hacks is John T Unger, and those 40 things are part of the reason why he's a man with a mission: [...] I believe that blogs have the power to change lives, and … [Read more...] about A mission for TypePad
Some interesting moves going on with the free WordPress.com hosted blog service in the area of ease of use in design and layout that adds to its attraction as an alternative to TypePad, the hosted service you pay for. Coming this week are WordPress Sidebar Widgets, functionality that lets you click-and-drag elements around in your blog sidebar in as easy a fashion as you already can with TypePad Typelists. I'm especially interested in this as I've been experimenting with Sidebar Modules for … [Read more...] about More choice with WordPress widgets
One of the things I continue to find a bit tricky with WordPress and the customized K2 theme I have on this blog is tweaking the sidebar to include or exclude elements on certain pages. Until now, I've been digging into the code in the sidebar PHP file and, through trial and error (and mostly luck), have ended up with results I've more or less been happy with. No dreaded parse error messages after my tweaking nor major display disasters. All this has been fine for what displays on this blog's … [Read more...] about Excellent hack for K2 WordPress theme
I like the new Technorati Favorites, the new service where you can add blogs and other sites to a list of favourites that others can also access. It's the sharing aspect of it that I like most. Others can see which sites I regard as favourites and I can do the same with others' favourites lists. Adds some more dimension to what you know about people. Here's my current favourites list on Technorati. There are three easy ways to get sites into your own favourites list: Click on the little star … [Read more...] about Sharing your favourites
Just before I launched this blog, I noted that my Technorati ranking had disappeared beyond the solar system as I started from scratch here. As inbound links started coming in as the blog was discovered by people (before I said anything about it), I began to question my trust in Technorati's information as it continued to show no connectivity. Kami Huyse explained a little about how and when Technorati data is updated, so that helped understand a bit about discrepancies in information. So … [Read more...] about Up a million steps in one go
A week ago, I started this new blog in preparation for moving house, so to speak, from NevOn where I've been blogging since mid 2004. As I mentioned in the first post here, I will be completing the move soon and be blogging only from here (during the coming week is the plan). Given that I made no announcement or commentary on my current primary blog regarding this imminent move, it's been interesting to me in seeing how quickly this new blog was discovered by other bloggers, all of whom made … [Read more...] about How much trust do I give Technorati?
Talk about starting from scratch! I just set up this blog with Technorati, made the claim and added the code so that it is listed as a blog that belongs to me, is included in my profile and enables it to be found in Technorati searches. It's humbling - although hardly surprising - to see where Technorati ranks it right now: Contrast this with how Technorati sees NevOn, the blog on TypePad I've been writing since July 2004: So I have 1,106,895 steps to climb to at least match the … [Read more...] about Things can only go up