I’m posting this to test out Poster, an app that lets me post to WordPress blogs from my Palm Pre. I can add images, bold text, underline, and italicize. Also, add links like this: Don’t Be Stupid. And that’s it – will be interesting to see how useful it is. So far seems easy enough to [...]
This morning I launched The Writer’s Technology Companion, a new blog covering the tools of the writer’s trade. This is a project I’ve been working on for several months, now — I wanted to make absolutely sure I could keep it up for the long haul with everything else that’s on my plate. So a lot of planning went into the site, with several dozen posts written and “in the can” so I don’t have to worry about running short on content anytime soon.
The old design of this site was getting a little too crowded for my taste, so I’ve updated the whole site to a drupal theme called Ad Agency, based on an Open Designs template by Collin Grassley.
I may futz around with the header image — I’m not sure a hummingbird says all that much about me — and I’ve done some minor changes to the stylesheet and some of the template PHP files, but overall I think it’s a gorgeous design. There’s certainly more room for everything to “breathe”.
Hopefully you agree.
Simpleology, a courseware provider, is offering a blogging course free to people who link to their site. It looks like they’re beta-testing it to see whether they can sell it. I figure, I’ll try it out and see what it’s all about. What’s the worst that could happen?
Update after the break
Here’s what they think I should say:
I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.
This blog started in political disappointment. I started blogging in the days running up to and immediately after the 2000 election that essentially destroyed America. I hated seeing the Democrats going after the staunchest defenders of progressive values in attacking the Nader campaign, I hated seeing Bush take the White House despite his clear lack of an electoral mandate (losing by a loophole in the rules is even more unsatisfying than losing outright!).
I’m mulling the idea of starting a new site devoted to writing and technology. I’ve got a name, a likely domain name, and am building a nice chunk of content to launch with. The idea is to discuss the particular technology needs of writers (of all sorts) using the web to promote their work and develop their audience.
The question is, am I better off starting a new blog devoted solely to that niche or to start integrating that content into this site?
The advantage to posting it here is that I already have a decent amount of traffic, I have a good position in Google, and I wouldn’t be splitting my attention and time off to yet another project.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what direction my career is headed in and whether I’m happy with that. At the moment, I have a kind of split career. In one career, I teach college students about important stuff like race, class, gender, and culture. In the other career, I write for several websites and other outlets, including some commercial writing. Both make me happy while I’m doing them, and both are incredibly rewarding.
I’m starting to regret having built this site with Drupal. Don’t get me wrong — Drupal is amazing software. But it’s a little bit overkill for my humble blog and portfolio, and I’m not sure I can easily maintain it as new releases come out.
Wordpress I know much better, having used it for various projects for years, and I know how to do complex stuff like moving it to a new server or re-importing the database.
While searching for some other files, I came across copies of two posts I made at the very beginning of my blogging career, back in November of 2000. The first post I ever did has been lost to the vagaries of history, but the second and third posts are now up here in the November, 2000 archives. I started blogging because I was upset at the way the 2000 elections were going, and these posts reflect that.
The funny thing is that there wasn’t really any blogging software back then, so the pages were hand-coded. I can’t imagine what I would have done once I had dozens of posts to keep up with, but I wort of fell out of blogging for a while and didn’t come back until 2002, and by then there was Blogger.
I spent the last two days at BlogWorld Expo, here in Las Vegas. It was pretty cool, though I spent a lot more time on the exhibition hall floor than in sessions. First of all because my schedule is so hectic, and second of all because the sessions — at least the ones I was in — weren’t all that interesting (or, rather, weren’t that interesting to me).