Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

WordPress App Tip: The Difference Between “Phone Draft” & “Draft”

August 30, 2011 5 comments

This is something I learned myself when I started blogging regularly and used my phone to blog when I was out and about – like tonight.

There are two options for saving a draft in the WordPress app for BlackBerry or Android and I’m pretty sure any other version of the app. There’s “Phone Draft” (as seen below) and “Draft” (as seen in the second picture).

You may be wondering what the heck is the difference between these two. Read more…

Blogging From Your Phone With WordPress Apps

August 28, 2011 1 comment

wordpress for blackberry writing screen torch 9800 phone draft

The above is what the screen on my BlackBerry Torch 9800’s WordPress app looks like. Pretty basic interface right?

What my way of doing thing with this basic app is that I will often start the post with a title and pictures and tags and then, usually on the subway, I will load up the post that doesn’t have words and fill in my thoughts.

That’s my tip for all you bloggers using the WordPress apps be it BlackBerry, Android, or iOS. The apps themselves aren’t great especially for embedding pictures and posting around them. The apps also do a bad job of setting up your title for SEO purposes and using the full version to do a quick setup makes things end up looking so much nicer.

WordPress, Blogging, & Archiving – BlogBooker FTW!

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I have mentioned before how I temporarily lost a post I wrote for another, now defunct, blog and then found it in a random file on my computer so I was able to re-post it here. It was when that happened that I realized the importance of archiving my work that I post on this blog and any other blog on my computer or on some form of removable media. Not that I don’t love The Cloud, I do. In fact, my personal Microsoft Word has the Google Docs plugin installed which syncs all my Word documents to my Google Docs account.

So you can be sure that before I hit the “Publish” button on this post I am going to be saving it in Word as a separate document for future reference. In fact, I have decided to move the bulk of my blog writing to Microsoft Word and then copy/pasting the words in to a “New Blog Post” in WordPress. It is then fairly simple to add in all the pictures and go from there.

But what about all the posts I (or you) have already done? Can you get those off of your WordPress account easily and with no hassle? If you google “wordpress export” you will be given as the first hit the WordPress tutorial on how to export your blog. Seems simple right? The problem with the Export tool that WordPress provides is that it assumes that you are going to be using the exported data as part of a new blog. As such, it only spits out an XML file of ALL of your blog’s content. Useless to someone who wants to be able to show all the writing they have done or be able to recover a post later if it gets deleted for one reason or another.

Of course there is the option of manually going through each and every post you have ever written, highlighting all the text, copying it, and pasting it into individual Word documents (or whatever word processing program you use). That is quite the arduous task so I figured there HAD TO BE a better way. Thankfully, I know the awesome tweeps Laura aka @lmmandell and her husband Sam aka @SamTitle. I was randomly speaking about this quandary of mine with Laura when she mentioned that Sam had faced a similar issue a little while back and she remembered he had found a way to resolve it. I got in touch with Sam via the interwebs and he pointed me to an amazing website called BlogBooker at The best part about this site? It is completely FREE! (Although they always appreciate donations!)

Crowdsourcing FOR THE WIN!

What BlogBooker does is it takes the content from a WordPress, Blogger, or LiveJournal blog and turns it into a “PDF Blog Book”. Originally, what I wanted was each of my posts to be individual Word documents but this works just as well in my honest opinion and I can always separate them into individual files later quite easily. For my WordPress blog all that BlogBooker required me to do was download the aformentioned XML file (a whopping 2.46 MB) from WordPress and upload it into BlogBooker. Once that finished, BlogBooker started processing it and within a few short minutes it spat out an 18.6 MB PDF file for my saving pleasure. Fantastic!

The file comes complete with a Table of Contents which is clickable to jump to each post.

It makes each year’s worth of posts into a chapter and each month’s worth of posts into a sub-chapter. Because it is a PDF you also have the option of – if using Adobe Reader – jumping easily between posts with the lists in the sidebar. Truly amazing if I do say so myself.

If you are a blogger and are reading this and realizing that you too never backed anything up from your blog and feel that now might be a good time to start I highly recommend checking out BlogBooker. This blog’s BlogBooker blog turned out to be a whopping 503 pages (even I am amazed by that) and I could only imagine the horror that I would have felt if I ever lost all of that hard work writing. I feel like a broken record here but I really cannot stress enough how much I endorse checking this site out and backing up your blog to a BlogBooker PDF file.

Blogging: To Edit/Delete Or Not?

June 21, 2011 2 comments

Dan Levy blogging at laptop keyboard...OK technically this is a posed picture but that IS my hand and that IS my laptop from where I blog.

I have a quandary which I thought I would take to you folks, the readers of my blog. Thus far a whole bunch of people have read my post from 2 days ago – “Religion of Convenience Doesn’t Count As Being Religious“. I have gotten A LOT of responses from it, mostly off the blog in the real world.

I can’t remember who said it and I am probably paraphrasing the quote but a journalist or artist of some variety once said “If I’m not making you angry, I’m not doing my job.” Maybe no one said it and that can be attributed to me. Either way, I am not in the business here of trying to make people mad. I am not in business here at all as a matter of fact. This blog is being written for fun and for the Challenge of Post-A-Day. That night, that was what struck me.

More about the situation has since been explained to me but there is a lesson in there – perception is KEY. Don’t leave information out, no matter how trivial you think it is when you are asked a very specific question. People can get the wrong idea very easily. In fact, it turns out that that person DID speak to their local rabbi and the rabbi DID say that it is completely OK to take the Mezuzas when they left the house.

But here is the quandary I am left with. That post angered some people whose opinions I value. They really, really, REALLY did not like that I wrote that post. Sure, I got some great feedback from other people and it opened a lot of discussions about religion – I even got someone who wanted to write a response blog post on my blog. But here is my question to you, dear readers:

Is it OK for me to remove that post?

Does the fact that I already wrote it and published it mean it should stand and be untouched? Do I even have the right to remove it from the online discourse once it has been entered into it? I obviously know I CAN remove it from my blog. I obviously have the ability to just edit it into nothingness with a few clicks of a few buttons but is that intellectually honest for me to do?

Please – let me know what you think. I will take all your opinions into consideration.

Social Media & The Shrinking World

June 13, 2011 2 comments

You may remember that I mentioned in my March 28, 2011 post “Review: The Thank You Economy By @GaryVee & An Open Letter To Gary“. In the open letter portion of the post I began by saying:

Really enjoyed your book as it goes in-depth with a concept I have been espousing for quite a while. In fact, I even wrote a blog post about it – although, as I said, not near as in-depth as your book. However, I think the over-arching idea remains the same and that is of the changing nature of the market (due to social media) back to what it was before the 20th Century. I wrote the post long before your book came out and, honestly, before I had even heard your name…although probably while you were writing the book.

The blog I mentioned was taken down and I thought I had lost the post but I didn’t! I found a copy of it on my computer and as such have posted a copy of it below. I have included screen shots of the Properties for the file which is really the best I can do to prove that I wrote the document well before Gary Vaynerchuk‘s book “The Thank You Economy” came out.

The post below has been posted directly from the Word document I had saved on my computer. I have made a few minor edits to it to be honest but I have not inserted any new ideas just changed a few words around to make it flow better. Remember when I mentioned tips for writing and editing? Well, this post was originally written in September so I’ve had 9 months to ‘forget’ what I wrote and now I am re-reading it with ‘fresh’ eyes.

Now back to your originally scheduled post! !!

Social Media & The Shrinking World

Ever since the advent of social media we have made a shift back to the old days of marketing. Read more…

Writing & Editing: A Little Time Makes A Big Difference

June 4, 2011 1 comment

Writing regular posts to this blog in the Post A Day Challenge has driven home a lesson that I learned in an OAC (Grade 13) Canadian History class a long time ago during the summer of 1998 at Earl Haig High School in North York, Toronto:

The more time you leave after you write something the better you will be able to edit it. Try to leave at least 24 hours after writing a paper before you go to review/edit it and then hand it in. If you can leave longer that is even better.

God, I wish I could remember the name of the teacher who taught us that.

That lesson has been one of the lessons that has really stuck with me over the years being the kind of person who almost always wrote his papers and essays at the last minute in school. My educational career’s essay writing experiences and attitude could be summed up in a quote from one of my high school friends:

The best minute is the last one.

I would tell you who it was but I don’t know if wants to be quoted on that and he is a twin so I don’t 100% remember which one of them said it – although I am somewhat sure I know which, but I digress. Read more…

Daily Blogging And Laziness

May 28, 2011 Leave a comment

One thing this whole daily blogging post a day challenge thing has taught me is that I can’t be a lazy bastard. Sure, I have had my long days before, we all have. Heck, last night when I got home – – OK fine, it was this morning – I was so tired I forgot to plug my phone in before I went to sleep. Yes, me, über phone geek extraordinaire  forgot to plug in his phone. I think this might be the first time this has ever happened to me. Sure, I have been with a dead battery before but that was only because I hadn’t been back somewhere that actually had a charger available. This, however, is a first.

Now, back to the whole laziness thing. I try and I try to create good readable content for all y’all to read but sometimes it is HARD! I am not even out tonight on a Saturday night because I am feeling so tired right now – although that may change in the next little bit. But the way I see it much as I want to go out tonight I have to be at my cousin’s wedding tomorrow afternoon, I have to drive my grandma to a hairdresser appointment at 9:30 AM tomorrow morning (I didn’t even know they had a 9:30 AM on Sundays) and I know if I go out now I’m not coming home until like 3:30 AM.

Nonetheless, here I am pouring out my random thoughts onto a screen to be posted and published for you folks to read. I admit, this isn’t my finest work. I won’t be surprised if you, my readers, call me on my lack of creativity in the comments. Call me on this crappy post. But I really have absolutely nothing to write about tonight. It isn’t about writer’s block, it is just more about a general feeling of malaise right now. Maybe it also had to do with me drinking this afternoon at a family luncheon today.  Then, I was supposed to go to the opening of a new St Louis Wings courtesy of @clickflickca but I thought I could totally take a nap at 3:30 PM and be awake to be downtown at 7 PM…I was wrong.

Well, anyway, like I said above I had to write something tonight and couldn’t be lazy about it so here it is. As usual I endeavor to be honest with the readers of my blog so this is me being honest about having nothing to write about.

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