Saturday, December 21, 2002

Short entry


Some bloggers are also into Wikis, apparently - as in this one - Twiki - don't know if it's any good, but perhaps worth a look.

I discovered a feedback tool at blogback and maybe there are more - will investigate later.

Activity will dampen down a bit now, as even this almost anonymous writer will have to buy Christmas presents, and may not have so much time to log on for a few days.

Maybe!

Friday, December 20, 2002

Further info....


OK - so now I know a bit more. It seems, according to those who know, that the pitas.com is a basic site, even though it has fancy coloured templates. I'm guessing that it doesn't yet have tools like w.bloggar (see last post), which make it quite easy for users to create text off-line, and then upload.

The article at blogware gives a very comprehensive overview of different tools which work with different blogging services. Excellent!

I also found blogbib and blogging your life away. Then I found a useful e-zine and finally blogs: get your words out.

All a bit sad, isn't it - but not if you are a blogger!




A breakthrough



Now I have discovered that I can edit the pages for several weblogs (including blogger) using downloadable tools.

Currently I'm testing out w.bloggar, which has been used to make this posting.

The tool has an interface which is similar to HTML Kit or Coffee Cup Editor, but knows enough about the blogger software it links to so that it can support publishing direct to the blog. I also seems to do sensible enough things with spaces, so that I don't have to do the more tedious HTML - definitely an improvement.

I found this software by a circuitous route. First I found a useful table of blog tools, and this pointed me to a comparison table. Then I looked at an articles about authoring using weblog tools, and another one.

I had a look at radio weblogs, and the newer infoworld, and then weblogtools.

I also found weblogs for Ben Hammersley, and
Andy Oram.

Then I discovered the online version of Essential Blogging,
and chapter two led me to w.bloggar. I probably should also test out blogBuddy, which is discussed in section 2.4.

Anyway, this seems like quite a breakthrough, getting the text directly into the blog - though this doesn't help for the pitas.com site - so I suppose I'll have to look at the comparison charts!

Also, note that this tool (w.bloggar) has a reasonable spell checker. It's not WYSIWYG, but it's a lot better than the web interface.
The Preview mode works fine, though if the links are checked it's necessary to go back to the Editor (which keeps the text intact), and then Preview again.

Let's just put the logo for w.blogger in - to keep them happy for this posting at least!


Day 5


Still finding my way around - having made major improvements to the pitas site, which now has return email, and a longish list of web sites and other tools down the LHS. Now I should try to tart this one up a bit too.

Soon - maybe! Well, I have updated the blog details, so this is now public - it probably won't do any harm!

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Day 4


The day after the BIM Christmas meal/blowout. Still in one piece though, so back to thinking about communications modes etc.

More later. Modded the template file to turn on the email and also to cross link to other blogs and got this working - perhaps - still checking!

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Day 3



Still finding my way around these blogs - there's maybe a better tool at 1do3.com

I don't have much time today, so more later - or not. Christmas party time dominates!

This one is OK, but really is pretty well HTML only - you have to know HTML in order to get it to work. Even the daily headings need to be formatted. Talk about creating work! Still, I suppose that it allows more powerful systems to be set up - though not so good for casual use. Pity!

Oh - BTW - my other blog is at Dave2002.

Even if these things are a bit of a pain, it's quite interesting seeing how they work, and what the problems are. Probably worth sticking with them for a week or two, before either


  • giving up, or
  • starting a new one or two.


Also, I'm guessing that it might be necessary to edit after making template changes in blogger.com - but not sure yet.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

This is Day 2



I need to check how this works.

Can I have a heading? Should I use HTML or something else?

Usual problem when updating - have to remember to refresh the page - otherwise old version is displayed.

Not really sure - it's quite a pain having to use HTML when using these tools - as on pitas.com. It's absolutely necessary to remember to put the "http" in - I'm not sure what happens if I just put a URL in without using HTML - e.g http://www.ibm.com - will this work? Answer: No!

All rather a pity! I suppose I won't get a blank line either - let's check! At least that worked OK - that's something!

It's not really too easy to use - particularly when compared with Wikipedia etc. It is all rather silly - how can this be the state of the art? I'm guessing that David H's system is significantly better!

Monday, December 16, 2002

[12/16/2002 10:34:05 AM | David Martland]
This is the second post - still testing.

[edit]

[12/16/2002 10:21:36 AM | David Martland]
This is the first post - not the Last Post!

I have wondered how these weblogs actually work, and I this is the second attempt I've made to use them creatively - the first being at Pitas.com. I'm just testing to see if they are easy to use, and after 5 minutes on this one I'm still not sure. There are some really good weblogs out already, though most are nothing special. I suspect that the best ones might actually prepare HTML off line, and then insert the resulting text into a weblog, such as this one. Others also work with a simple markup language, but this one doesn't seem to support such a thing.

OK - that's enough for the first post.
This is the second post - still testing.
This is the first post - not the Last Post!

I have wondered how these weblogs actually work, and I this is the second attempt I've made to use them creatively - the first being at Pitas.com. I'm just testing to see if they are easy to use, and after 5 minutes on this one I'm still not sure. There are some really good weblogs out already, though most are nothing special. I suspect that the best ones might actually prepare HTML off line, and then insert the resulting text into a weblog, such as this one. Others also work with a simple markup language, but this one doesn't seem to support such a thing.

OK - that's enough for the first post.