Friday, February 17, 2012

5 Reasons for Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists / Groups

  1. Because you can & it is fun
  2. To create an easy to read web location to publish a mailing list communication
  3. To spread information outside your group, to use the blog as a communication multiplier
  4. easy contribution per email without a login
  5. anonymous contribution (over comment field on the blog, sent to mailing list and pushed back as a new post to the blog
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This is the third  post of the series "combinations of blogging and mailng lists" on Qompute.net. The 2008 post "Blogger posting using Google Groups", which was basically a test, is one of the most popular on qompute. In this new series we will look into ways to combine blogging and mailing lists, the opportunities, limits and risks :

  1. Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists - Publishing on Blogger using Google Groups (qompute.net)
  2. Limits and Risks of Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists (Yahoo Groups / Google Groups etc) (qompute.net)
  3. 5 Reasons for Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists / Groups (this post on qompute.net))
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Blogs are popular places. Far easier to read than forum entries or mailing lists. They are great multipliers and spreaders for information. A blog could serve as extension of a mailing list.

Reasons number 4 and 5 are most interesting.

The anonymous contribution is an interesting technique for offering anonymous blackboard postings in a corporation using blogger.com. When using a comment field with the option of anonymous or pseudonyms even the administrator accounts of blogger wouldn't be able to find out who that poster was or what computer the person used.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Quest for the Ultimate Blogger Template

Do you often browse through the templates to simply find the most suitable one? Two things are currently missing:

  1. The definitive guide of Blogger Templates including the features (like shadow effects, round corners and transparency) and the list and description of the configurations of each template
  2. The ultimate Blogger template which would include all potential configurations, like an aggregated template of all possible blogger.com template designer customizations
Therefore we will start the Definitive Guide of Blogger Templates as the first step to the ultimate template. 

The Limits and Risks of Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists / Groups

This is the second post of the series "combinations of blogging and mailng lists" on qompute.net. The 2008 post "Blogger posting using Google Groups" is one of the most popular Blogger posts on qompute. In this new series we will look into ways to combine blogging and mailing lists, the opportunities, limits and risks:
  1. Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists - Publishing on Blogger using Google Groups (qompute.net)
  2. Limits and Risks of Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists (Yahoo Groups / Google Groups etc) (This post on qompute.net)
  3. 5 Reasons for Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists / Groups (qompute.net)

The feedback by blog readers
In order to properly offer blog readers to join the conversation, they should either
subscribe to the group or use a public email address. Or you need to enable to send comments as an email to the mailing list or group.

Side effects
There would be a minor side effect, because the comment is then sent to the group, which sends it back to the blog as a new post. Readers and commenters should be warned of this doubling effect.

Opportunity to hide name of contributors, creating an interesting possibility for anonymous postings
Of course this is also an interesting opportunity to publish posts anonymously. Thereby the comment functionality is transformed to a form for anonymous posts (or simply creating on the spot aliases).

Blogger.com for example does not offer a subject line, thereby it would automatically add the following header.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Publishing on Blogger using Google Groups

This new series explores the combinations of blogging and mailing lists. The 2008 post "Blogger posting using Google Groups" is one of the most popular Blogger posts on qompute.net. In this new series we will look at the opportunities, limits and risks:
  1. Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists - Publishing on Blogger using Google Groups (qompute.net)
  2. Limits and Risks of Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists (Yahoo Groups / Google Groups etc) (qompute.net)
  3. 5 Reasons for Combining Blogs and Mailing Lists / Groups (qompute.net)


The first question is, does it work? Yes of course. Here is how..
Blogger.com allows posting over email using an address convention like: googleaccountname1."secretwords"@blogger.com (seel below)




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Friday, July 15, 2011

Inklings of the new Blogger.com

If you use http://draft.blogger.com instead of blogger.com you will have experienced the new much-improved blogger.com dashboard design.



The improvements are a much nicer interface which is also much more usable and user friendly.

With the launch of Google Plus rumors spread that blogger.com will be far better integrated into the Google services and might even be renamed to Google Blogs. If this move adds new features and usability to Blogger we are all for it. And name-wise, please Google, do as you wish as long a this does not imply degrading functionality of blogger :-)

We can't wait.

BTW check out tickerTXT.org for invites to Google Plus.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More than 100 blogs per user

When invited by another user to a blog, Blogger.com doesn't invoke the 100 blog limit. Therefore:
  1. Use a different Google ID or Google Apps ID to create a new blogger.com blog
  2. Then invite the user ID which has hit the limit of blogs and make that user administrator once you have accepted the invitation 
Tip: best use different browsers so you won't have to switch the ID back and forth 
Why?

Blogger.com limits the number of blogs per user to 100. As many heavy blogger users, we create blogs for every project, many remain "private". We also create a lot of "blogs" as prototypes and we like to keep many prototypes as design archives and ideas for templates.

So hitting the ceiling of 100 blogs is not as crazy and rare as you might think. I hate wasting time to click through those archived blogs in order to delete some and make room for others. We try not to claim catchy blogspot URLs, we use cryptic ones like http://ttxt-design-02.blogspot.com/.

[I was recently asked by a blogger, if I still needed a particular old blogspot domain. Since that was not the case, I handed this over to him by first removing all old posts and then inviting him as administrator. Then we removed my name as admin "et voilĂ ", the old defunct blogspot blog had a new owner.]

Monday, February 28, 2011

Blog Title & Description- Surprising Hidden Font Attributes

Did you know, that you can play with HTML tags to render part or the entire title and description of your blog in
  • italic <i></i>
  • bold <b></b>
  • big <big></big>
  • small <small></small>
  • large <large></large>
  • Line break <br>
  • ...

Here is the example code for the titletags.blogspot.com :


TitleTitle &amp; Description <br><i>using</i> HTML <big>Tags</big>
DescriptionThis is <b>bold</b><br>
That's <i>italic</i><br>
All of the above <b><i>bolditalic</i></b><br>
This is <big>big</big><br>
That's <small>small</small><br>
Did you notice the line breaks :-)

You can add the tags either in Settings - Basic

Or in Design - Page Elements and edit the Header element:



Well, now you know. Have fun.
BTW, (at least using draft.blogger.com), you can now use a lot of new fonts in the template designer... Great stuff.