I’m in the process of writing an extended article about WordPress the blog management system that I started using predominantly. It makes blogging much easier and is helping to keep me from being chained to the computer, allowing me to do what I really like: write!
There are three cool things that WordPress does to make my blogging life easier:
- Future Posting – Until I switched to WordPress, I would have to decide when I wanted to publish something, then go to my compute, get online, log in to my blog interface, and manually publish my new posts. Anyone who has blogged for a while knows that keeping a regular publishing schedule is very important to the success of their blog. You don’t want to put everything you’ve written out at once (overwhelming your readers) and then follow with a long dry spell. Before WordPress, if I was on the road or otherwise unable to get to a computer, I couldn’t put out posts. With WordPress, I can choose what day and time I want to post something and set it to appear at that future date. This is a massive time saver, allowing me to write when it is convenient and keep me from having to baby sit the blog. I’ve now got a long list of posts saved and ready to appear in the future.
- Twitter daily posts – I use Twitter as a mini-blog, a personal blog within my main blog. WordPress will pull all of my little Twitter posts (called tweets!) and assemble them into a daily post of what I’ve been up to–kind of a nice personal touch. The fact that this is automated is very cool and a big time saver.
- del.ico.us daily link posts – I constantly find stories online that may not warrant a full blog post from me but are certainly interesting. For the past few years I have bookmarked these stories with a service called del.icio.us for future post fodder. I’m now having WordPress pull my bookmarked posts and post them. I can even make little notes about each link, and del.icio.us will copy that into the post. This is a really cool way to let folks know about interesting stories online without adding to my daily workload.