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I Got Freshly Pressed

I have been using WordPress for quite some time now as the centre of my online world. I started out self hosting but after a couple of years of updating and tweaking every weekend, it made more sense for me to just take the platform as a service directly from WordPress themselves. I have not looked back since and these days I can concentrate on just creating content for my blog rather than spending time maintaining the blog server itself. It is truly liberating.

Now to be honest, my blog is not the most popular online destination for most people. On a typical day I can get 10 or 20 real visitors. Some may leave a comment but most wont and it hasn’t brought me internet fame and fortune just yet. But it is a place where I can share stuff. Where I can point people who know me to as a jump point to other destinations. So there are links through to my online photo albums as well as contact details and links to my profile on Twitter and Facebook.

But then it happened.

Each day, those nice people at WordPress pick a handful of new blog postings and feature them on the WordPress front page. This feature is called Freshly Pressed

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So last week having just come back from Amsterdam I posted up a handful of photos from my trip that I thought stood out and would be nice to share. They must have been good because they caught the attention of the crew at WordPress who pick the Freshly Pressed sites and I got chosen. I got Freshly Pressed.

So apart from the honour of being picked out from a crowd of 350,000 new posts, I got to discover just how much hard work a busy blog can be.

First of all there is the increase in traffic

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Yes that is over 1500 hits per day compared to the usual 10 to 20!

Next are the comments.

My single post got 90 comments in the space of 48 hours. You soon realise that trying to moderate that volume of comments is a full time job.

I also got a lot of spam. Sure the filters caught a lot of it but there was also a lot of shameless self promotion. To be honest, others trying to get their own blog noticed whilst adding a nice comment doesn’t bother me that much but some of it was obvious with comments such as:

Nice photos, now come and visit my blog at http://www.getrichquick.com to learn more Smile

But there were lots and lots of genuinely nice comments as well. I have tried to visit the blogs of all the people who left nice comments and have in turn come across some really great blog posts on all sorts of subjects ranging from a great recipe for mango salsa to great travel blogs and loads of great photography.

So to the WordPress crew, thanks for choosing me. It really was an honour.

For all the 3000+ people who visited over the 48 hours especially those who left comments, thanks also. I am glad my pictures were of interest to you.

And finally, the second your Freshly Pressed link drops back onto the second page, the traffic stops. As you can see on the graph above, the traffic went away as quickly as it came but it really was fun whilst it lasted.

Apple Hasn’t Killed The Hard Drive Market Just Yet

There has been a lot of talk in the press this week about the new Apple iCloud announced at the Apple WWDC.

But it is this article in the Register that prompted me to comment.

Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

Now this article goes on about how if all your documents, music, contacts etc etc etc are in the iCloud, you won’t need terabytes of local storage thus the comment about the demise of the hard drive market. Read more

Look at the beauty you can create when you join up the online world

I am a big fan of TED because of some of the truly inspirational speakers you can find there. Indeed once you have found it, you will spend many hours watching people who you may never have heard about before speaking on subjects you have never had an interest in before.

So here is one such inspirational talk that made me stop dead on a Sunday afternoon.

Eric Whitacre is a composer. Have a look at his website and see the sort of thing he does however it was his talk on TED that caught my attention.

Simply put, over 2000 people from all around the world have recorded their own part of Erics composition and this has then been edited together to create a Virtual Choir. The result really is amazing and shows that sometimes, a connected and joined up world can create something truly beautiful.

Here is the finished result but please, view the TED talk first as it just makes the whole experience more special

Enjoy

This is THE game changer for Google Docs

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Google Docs however I have to admit from time to time, it can be a little clunky. In my opinion, the one area it has always fallen short is the whole document or file upload capability.

Well today this changed and Google have introduced two game changing features to Docs.

Firstly you can now upload FOLDERS!

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That’s right, you can select a folder and everything inside it (including sub folders) will be uploaded as is. Straight away, this makes moving your legacy file system to the online world sooooo much easier.

Secondly, assuming you are using a browser that supports HTML5 such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari, you can now drag and drop files straight into the browser window and they will upload. No dialogue boxes, no file explorer prompts, just select the collection you want to upload into and drag the file into the window. Job done.

For me this has now solved what was the only real failing within Docs and I suspect will see me moving to Docs as my PRIMARY personal document repository over the next few weeks. Even upgrading to 20GB of extra storage is only going to cost me $5 so it’s not as if space is an issue.

Full details can be found over on the Google Docs Blog

A Microsoft Vision Of The Future

Still on a future gazing theme, this is a video produced by the Microsoft Office Labs team laying out their vision of what the not so distant future may look like.

The good news is that these guys also think that you will be able to chat with your granny from your kitchen worktop so perhaps we are all heading to a common future after all.

 

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