I thought I would make a blog post about my experiences with the different types of blogging. So much has developed over 2008 for me and more and more great free online tools are available and getting better.
It used to be that when I wanted to send a mobile pic or a message to my mates I’d use email with GSM data on my mobile phone. The ability to take a photo and send it to multiple recipients in one data push was much more cost effective than using MMS which was running at about 50p per pic per recipient. Then we had the ability to run MSN Messenger on our phones, and again this was a great way to keep in touch when I was out and about. Both of these started to become redundant when i got into flickr.
In August 2007 flickr and digital SLR’s rekindled my love of taking photo’s and more importantly sharing my images with others. I wanted to keep up with comments and write comments on the move on my Internet enabled mobile phone/pda and even when in the caravan I could upload new pictures using a laptop and PCMCIA datacard. Flickr also accepted images sent via email from a mobile phone, so these crappy resolution images started to creep into my once immaculate photostream.
In 2008 things changed. Firstly I converted all my blog posts dating back to 2002 over to Google Blogger. Originally my blog was a static HTML based site where I hand coded every page locally, but by using the Blogger FTP method I had the best of both worlds. The ability to blog using an online interface with auto save to their own database and the publishing of the files to my own server where they can operate and be backed up even if Blogger is down or goes bust! Having the files on my own server means I can also run my own detailed statistics program and control Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics for the whole site.
Also by using the free Google Docs, I can write blog posts offline utilising Google Gears and publish to Blogger once an Internet connection is established. Once online all my Google Docs can be made available to any machine I decide to use; Work, Home, Portable Netbook or Internet cafe.
I found out about Evernote through twitter and this again changed a few ways of working. A small application loaded onto my phone meant I could make voice recordings, notes or instantly upload pictures into the Evernote cloud. With the ability to log on from anywhere, this soon became the place to keep my thoughts for future blogs.
I had already been frequently updating my status on facebook for a while before I ‘found’ twitter in July 08 (thanks to @StuartBennett) a lot of things changed for me. I found that I could listen and find out about cutting edge technology and converse with like minded people. It is also a place where uploading pictures and blogging is common place.
Using twitter is like a fast flowing river, once you jump in you will get swept away with the flow – and along came 12seconds.tv (my 12seconds.tv blog post) I found that I could take 12 seconds of video with my mobile phone, WiFi enabled Sony PSP or laptop webcam and upload it directly or email it to 12seconds.tv at home or on the move, the resulting video would then be tweeted with a link. It’s not full on Vlogging, but it’s a start and an important first step in getting in front of the camera.
Technology changes at such a fast pace I get excited when things come out to make blogging and sharing life experiences easier. Tools are constantly developing to handle online flow for work or for just fun. The recent launches of netbooks have opened up the opportunity for me to send my high res SLR images to flickr while on the move. Other free tools such as Google Picasa can even handle my RAW SLR files and convert them to JPEG ready for the flickr uploader, that automatically resizes images before upload so bandwidth shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Blogging with the netbook is going to obviously be a lot faster than typing on a screen keyboard in the pda.
I recently got the 3 Mobile Broadband Starter Kit 12GB which lasts for 12 months or until you use 12GB – then you just top-up. This was £97 in total for the dongle (with MicroSD slot) and data (Saving £200 on data charges) and I’ll never worry about going over my data allowance and being charged extra. So I hope for more mobile blogs to start appearing during the summer.
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Free web-based word processor and spreadsheet, which allow you share and collaborate online. With offline support.
With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file.
Qik enables you to share your moments live with your friends, family and the world—right from your mobile phone!
12seconds is the best place online for video status updates. It’s a super easy way to share what you’re doing with your friends and family using short video clips. You can use your web cam or mobile phone.
Flickr – almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.
TwitPic lets you share photos on Twitter.
Ping.fm is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap.
We created Blogger to give you an easy way to share your thoughts — about current events, what’s going on in your life, or anything else you’d care to discuss — with the world. We’ve developed a host of features to make blogging as simple and effective as possible.
Brightkite connects people based on the places they visit in the real world. With Brightkite you can see where your friends are, what they’re up to, see what’s going on around you, and meet real-world friends.
feed your blog to twitter, identi.ca or Ping.fm.
Tweetburner lets you track what happens with the links you share on Twitter.
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be.
Vimeo is a thriving community of people who love to make and share video.
Seesmic provides anyone with an innovative way to communicate and connect online through video conversation. It’s so easy: record a video directly on Seesmic’s website, mobile phone or upload an existing video straight from your computer or link to a video posted on a social network.