Hi everyone! How is everyone’s weekend going? We’re staying home because of the cold weather, but I thought I’d drop in with this post. All this might be old news to some of you, or even everyone… but I thought it might help someone, so here it goes!
How I write mine
Like most blogs out there, I use WordPress as my blogging platform. I’ve been using it since 2007, in fact. And I love it. I think it’s highly intuitive, very easy to set up and customize, plus it’s free! What more could a girl ask for? Well, there’s just one thing: adding photos and resizing them is a *pain* if you have a lot of them. And the writing area could be improved, as well, especially if you want to write posts while you’re offline and store them in your computer. So when I read Centsational Girl’s post on Windows Live Writer I thought to myself, “Hey, there’s gotta be something like that for Mac. You should look for it. It’ll make your life so much easier”.
That’s how I found MarsEdit (well, not really. That’s how I found MarsEdit for the second time. The first time was many years ago and I had no use for it so I forgot about it). I downloaded the trial and thought that, if it was worth it, I’d buy it when the trial was up. So that’s what I did! It was really easy to set up (just need to give your WP username and password and configure a setting in your WP dashboard first). And now, when I want to write a post or have an idea for one, I launch MarsEdit, click on the New Post button and start writing. I can save it as a local draft on my computer and send it to my blog when I’m done. Uploading pictures is really easy, too; and it resizes them on the go if you want to. If you decide to use MarsEdit though, my personal recommendation would be to set the “Post Publishing” default options to Draft (since I always like to check out how the post looks before it goes live) and Comments and Trackbacks open/accept (otherwise I always forget to click on it).
How I read others
Two words: Google Reader. Okay, that’s not news for anyone, I think. BUT. My main problem with Google Reader is that you don’t actually see the blog you’re reading. After a while, and especially if you subscribe to a lot of different blogs, all of them start to blend in. Plus, when I read through the reader, I got lazy and wouldn’t leave any comments even when I really liked what other people were doing. And then… I found this awesome feature: the “Next” bookmarklet. It’s sort of like Pinterest’s Pin it! Button, but what it does, is when you click on it, it takes you to the next new blog post on your subscription list. And it takes you to the actual blog post. So you get to look at the beautiful website designs out there, and it’s easier to comment! That’s what I call a win-win situation. It’s really easy to set up, too: you just go to the settings page in your Google Reader (the wheel in the top right corner, but on the one on the far-far top right corner, the other one that’s bigger), click on Extras, and it’s right there. You just have to drag it to your favorites bar. Then you can start reading all the blogs you like without worrying you’ll miss a post, with a single click.