Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

The Origins of “My News Clips” Blog…..


I have finally made it.

When I first started My Week SF blog I was forced to use and could hardly do anything of good quality.  I had to improve my skills with and made an auxiliary blog so I could experiment with the interface and learn the   What I had not expected was that in time both blogs matured and stayed until moved to  (, (

It didn’t take a long time to outgrow the and now I was forced to migrate to  Everything I had been told about was true including its unfriendly user interface. This time I figured out what to do to master the interface quickly:  I created this news article blog on to use interface actively and become proficient.

Today, I have  come  to like my news article blog so much that I update it daily. And I have finally learned enough to go back to  Week in San Francisco blog again after a hiatus and continue posting.  This time I am on the powerful platform of and should stay here for a long time.


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Zemanta now helps you write e-mails

Zemanta, a very useful utility that makes blog posts easier to write, is now setting its sights on Web e-mail. Its browser plug-in, which works with both Firefox and Internet Explorer, has been updated to do the same thing in both Gmail and Yahoo’s Web mail.

Once installed, you just hit a button in your Web mail client and the tool goes through what you’re written for related links and content worth adding. It’s very fast at doing this, even if your message is on the long side. In my case, a three paragraph e-mail took less than five seconds to be processed, and Zemanta came up with ten different suggested links that could be automatically added to my message.
The images that you can insert into your e-mails come from various places, but I found the most helpful option to be Flickr. You can plug in your user name and it goes through any shots you’ve taken (assuming you’ve named them) and lets you easily insert them. For instance, in my e-mail I had referenced going to the de Young museum in San Fransisco, and it pulled up both photos from the Web and my Flickr shots from the weekend in question.
I look at this as a fantastic way to make e-mails to friends and family a little more accessible. If you don’t feel like going back after writing to plug in links for things that might need explaining, there’s a good chance the tool has already prepared them for you.
Here’s a demo of how it works in Gmail. There’s also a video of it working in Yahoo mail after the break.

Blog Schmog: The Truth About What Blogs Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Business

by Robert W. Bly
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“Blog Schmog is for the most part a general guide to blogs for the novice. It is a common kind of primer but Blog Schmog has a great angle on incorporation of blogs into business marketing. The writing is clear and the information is both accurate and well-presented. The bulk of the book involves the basics of blogging but the few chapters that analyze blogging as a marketing tool make the book valuable. And, the text is fit for several audiences besides the novice. Overall, it is a good book to read and I recommend you read Blog Schmog.

Blogwild!: A Guide for Small Business Blogging

by Andy Wibbels
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“A blog is basically a web page that constantly grows in length as new information has been added by the blogger and possibly others. The readers of the blog can make comments after each blogger entry thus having a dialog with the blogger and other readers. The blogs are popular mostly because of the ease of setting up and updating by even the least skilled technical person. The simplicity of using a blog makes it unnecessary to spend much time learning to become a blogger. Blog Wild may be all you need as a business person to become an effective blogger. The book is pocket-size, and written in an easy-to-understand language. Most significantly, Andy Wibbels succeeds at putting together a text that shows how to define, create, and promote your blog. I very strongly recommend you to spend the 20 minutes it takes to read the 165 pages and get greater results.”