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June 16, 2005

Moblogging on deadline day

Stephen Baker

I was hoping to post this entry from my cellphone, but haven't figured out yet how to do it on this Movable Type system. I think I'll have to work with our tech people. I'm supposed to write the story today (though am begging for a 24-hour reprieve), so I'd better figure it out soon.

On the bright side, moblogging on Blogger has turned out to be a snap. I walked into the office of one of my editors yesterday and rudely snapped a picture of him. I fiddled with the phone while he talked for a minute and then gave him a url to call up. Voila. Flickr is also a breeze for posting pics on the go. No such luck on TypePad. The process seems to work, and my phone gets a message that the post went through. But it doesn't show up on the blog. Any suggestions?

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Have you guys thought about putting posts like this on a separate or maybe personal blog?

I'd like to give you some feedback, without sounding overly negative as some people are on blog comments. Quite often your posts are related to "blogging things" that you don't know how to do and trying to figure out the technology. It doesn't seem like this particular blog is the right forum for that.

I find that the other, more relevant, posts that you make are usually quite interesting. However when I read these posts that are just general blog posting/technology questions, it really affects my opinion of the blog overall.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

Posted by: Rebecca at June 16, 2005 12:50 PM

Don't really have any help/advice but I've found that something like Blogger where it is truly a simple blog (title, text, pic) it's relatively easy. If you get into the others like MoveableType, ExpressionEngine, etc., it's a little more involved setting up the master MoBlog templates as they are far more flexible/robust and can handle far more detailed posts (they've grown into Content Management Systems). Also, the phones don't make it easy, they each seem to send messages in a different way/format so they need to be filtered/processed.

Posted by: PXLated at June 16, 2005 01:03 PM

Hey Rebecca,

Thanks for the comment. Steva and I will talk this over. (He's at lunch right now, otherwise, I know we would address this question right away.)

Posted by: Heather Green at June 16, 2005 02:01 PM

A separate blog...or do you have Instant Messaging (AIM)? You could set up a chat room, keep it open and get instant answers.

Just another thought (usually random in my case).

Posted by: PXLated at June 16, 2005 02:49 PM

I'm not sure about Typepad, but in MovableType (owned by the same company) you have to actually include an "img" tag for the file you uploaded; it doesn't automatically display your photo by default, like Blogger and Flickr do. In MT your mobile uploads are stored in a folder called "img" within your "archives" folder, so the code would look something like the following (substitute brackets for the parentheses):

(img src="yoursite.com/archives/img/yourphoto.jpg")

If you run such a line at the top of your entry itself (in MT, anyway), the image you uploaded through your mobile device SHOULD appear.

Posted by: Jason Pettus at June 23, 2005 09:17 AM


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