Saturday, 17 October 2009

Weekly Geeks – Tools Of The Trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookish Ruth – ask us this week..

Book blogging, as a concept, is essentially pretty simple: If you have Internet access and an opinion about a book, you can be a book blogger.

However, actually maintaining a book blog is much more complicated -- our blogs are labors of love that require a lot of time, energy and devotion. For this edition of Weekly Geeks, I want to focus on the little things that make your blogging and/or reading life a bit easier.

Do you use sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari to organize your books? Do you swear by Book Darts? Couldn't live without your Book Buddy? Love connecting with other bloggers on sites such as Twitter? Tell us about what makes your blog tick. Is there something specific that keeps you organized or inspired?

 

First let me say A big YES – blogging is so much more complicated than it seems by just looking at any blog. I like to term the complicated bit as the back end of my blog – the bits you don’t see me slaving away at, the bit you don’t here me moan when I lose an entire file or the bits that open me and my blog friends to a while lot of spam and sometimes worst.

When I started blogging – I did my research, so I knew from day one that blogger was the blog for me and I would be using others sites for storage. In between then and now I have dipped my fingers into a lot of pies, some I’ve stayed with and some the novelty wore off in five minutes if that.

 

 

My main piece of kit for blogging is WINDOW LIVE WRITER  -I can’t say enough about this piece of software – I have written about it before, but I will say it again, if you want an easy, well thought out, no nonsense piece of kit to get your blog post up and looking professional – look no further.. WINDOW LIVE WRITER . I have a few blogs on difference outlet and I have never posted directly from their post page – WLR is able to  accept any number of blog and their theme and make the whole process streamline ad as easy as ever.

 

Goodreads – Yup, I use this alot and I tend to have more reviews sitting on that library as it is so easy to use, the functionality of it is easy and I have have met a fantastic amount of people there as well.

Shelfari – I do have one and I love it for it’s uncluttered feel.  I am not as religious to it as I am to Goodreads as I have little issues with the vast of amount junk email that this site populate.

LibraryThing – I have had my in’s and out with LibraryThing – I initially joined LibraryThing so I could read Elise Rolle reviews – at work… and I still use it and I have fun using their widgets a lot.

Twitter – This was a none starter before I even began – I have a Twitter account for the obvious reason of driving traffic to my blog – which I do through the twitter feed program. other than that I don’t have time or the inclination to type 140 key strokes to keep up  a conversation.

Facebook – Yup have that one as well, also another social network site that I don’t keep up with.

Ning (Groups) – I use this alot, Not only is it a great place to just browse away – but some neat discussion and arguments happen their.  I also love the fact that no matter what your interest is there is a group there for you to get involved with..  

I must also mention my followers and friend here. I have never come upon a problem or a situation that  I feel I could not post on my blog or just drop an email and there isn’t someone to help me out.. These people more than another of the above mention are the biggest tool for me…

 

Bottom Line

As much as I don’t actively use all the tool mentioned above – I am glad I am able to access them if needed as they all have something invaluable to offer – whether it’s widgets, blogs help, networking or just storage – they are worth having. I am a reader by nature and quite organised so I swing toward the more uncluttered and less chatty sites or the sites that have options to  close off some of those options.

I didn’t highlight it above but I use quite a lot of the blogger widgets as well, they are there, they get the job done so why fluff around with anything else…

The more I am involved in blogging – I have to actively do time management to ensure I don’t spent too much time on my blog – because if it’s not tweaking or updating pic’s and other material , there is email to check (You don’t want to see my inbox after a day away, with a name like Erotic Horizon, just imagine the amount of mail I get) and just sitting down to touch base with blogs I love is like a chore in itself…

Over time a few bloggers that I follow have gotten used to not seeing me for a few day up to a week and then I jump on to their blog and start commenting on every post that I missed.. but I do try to visit as much blog as I can everyday – I have to try to do better with comment though … as much as I visit, I don’t leave alot of comment…

 

What are the tools that you are using for your blog – or recommend a new one. I am always on the lookout for new things to make blogging easier…

 

If you have not hear – another 24 Hrs  Read-A- Thon is on it’s way – October 24-25 is the date..

Are YOU taking part…

If not WHY NOT……

 

12 Speak To Me:

Wendy on 17 October 2009 at 19:43 said...

Terrific post - I had no idea about Windows Live....and have gone ahead and downloaded it to try out! Thanks for the recommendation :)

taraSG on 17 October 2009 at 20:48 said...

Great post! I had never heard of Windows Live Writer and have now downloaded it. Thank you! I posted about it and linked to you in my Weekly Geeks post :)

Tara SG
25hourbooks.com

Erotic Horizon on 17 October 2009 at 21:11 said...

@Wendy..

You are in for a treat with WLR - this is one of the best thing that Microsoft has come up with in a long time...

Have a great week my dear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 October 2009 at 21:12 said...

@Hey Tara

Thanks for taking my advise and taking a chance on Windows Live...

You will see the benefit quite quickly...

E.H>

pussreboots on 17 October 2009 at 22:28 said...

I do my posting with dreamweaver. I probably should have mentioned that in my post. Oops. I am not doing the 24 hour read-a-thon because it sounds like too much reading. As much as I adore books, I can't imagine trying to do that for 24 hours. Also all that posting! It's not for me.

My WG post is here.

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] on 17 October 2009 at 22:58 said...

Enjoyed this post. I've been going back and forth between Dreamweaver and using Blogger's HTML tools but I'm going to give Windows Live a try. It sounds like a wonderful tool to have.

I'm like you, also a member of all the sites you mention but I don't actively use them all. Well, there is only so much time in a day that you can dedicate to these things. So I use the easiest, like Goodreads and Twitter. :)

Kerrie on 18 October 2009 at 00:54 said...

Thank you for revealing all. It is interesting to visit people's blogs and see what they are mentioning for this Weekly Geek task. Your blog is looking good BTW!

Erotic Horizon on 18 October 2009 at 08:56 said...

@Pussreboots -

Do you know I didn't realize you could post through Dreamweaver...

I must look at that....

The 24hrs read-a-thon is how you want to make it - i did the entire 24 hrs last time... but this time I am going to slow the pace and enjoy what everyone else is reading...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 18 October 2009 at 08:58 said...

@Donna..

Yup I understand exactly what you mean - only the easiest after a while is worth it...

Please give WLW a shot it might just surprise you...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 18 October 2009 at 08:59 said...

@Kerrie..

I agree, I have learned so much already - I love things like this as it makes my blogging life so much easier with every little I learn...

E.H>

gautami tripathy on 18 October 2009 at 14:26 said...

I do have Windows Live Reader downloaded. However I can't use from Sidux operating system. Alas!
:D

Weekly Geeks: What Tools? What Trades?

Erotic Horizon on 18 October 2009 at 14:58 said...

@gautami tripathy

I have to check out that operating system - never heard of it...

pity about that - as it's a neat piece of software...

Have a great week my dear...

E.H>