NOTE: This experiment didn’t work. Instead – the initial post had the headline from my Google+ account but the body was just what you see below – a simple link back to my original Google+ post. So while I tried to be my own Santa – I’m still waiting for it to be under my tree.
from David Cohn @ Google+ https://plus.google.com/109410049853740963142/posts/NwZrdgLo7hM
(What I was hoping would appear)
Headline: If this works – it will be a Google+ public update and automatically create my December Contribution to the Carnival of Journalism on my personal blog.
BODY: For those that don’t know – the Carnival of Journalism is something I re-started in January (coming up on a year!) where a bunch of journalism-bloggers get together and write about the same topic once a month. The question is posed by the host – who rotates.
This month’s host is the Gaurdian’s developer blog and they ask:
“If you are a journalist, what would be the best present from programmers and developers that Santa Claus could leave under your Christmas tree?And, correspondingly, if you are a programmer or developer, what would be the best present from journalism that Father Christmas could deliver down your chimney?”
I go through various phases with my personal blog. When I first started in 2005 it was called “Adventures in Freelancing” and it was about just that – the various stories I was working on our published or other stories I was reading and found interesting.
Since Spot.Us started my blogging has laxed (at best). I use it for occasional big thoughts or announcements. Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, etc take up a much larger space of my “online productivity” and to be honest – I wish there were ways to streamline my efforts.
Of course there is IFTT.com – which is what I’m using to repost this Google+ update to my personal blog. And from my blog it will then automatically be Tweeted. So that’s a start.
But there are things lost in the translation from Google+ to my personal blog and back out to Twitter. (SEE UPDATE ABOVE THIS IS FAR FROM PERFECT OR STREAMLINED – I HAD TO COME BACK AND EDIT IN THE WYSWIG EDITOR TO ADD A LINK, COPY PASTE THE BODY, ETC).
In a strange way I still think what I’m looking for was FriendFeed. What a brilliant site that was. Too bad they were bought (talent-scouted) by Facebook.
So if I had to answer the question succinctly: I want a frictionless blogging platform. Not Tumblr or Posterous (although they’ve done an awesome job). I think there is a way to make something even simpler. A platform where I can save something to Delicious and create the formatting once so that from hence-forth all Delicious links will be posted on my blog the way I want (ITTF does an okay job – but not perfect). A platform where I can post something on Google+ and format it once and forever my Google+ public posts will appear on my blog the way I want (what you are seeing on my blog is probably not perfect and can only contain one URL :(.
That’s my holiday gift ask.