Feb 3 11

A Quick Guide to Amateur Blogging

by Emily Benjamin

I’ve only had this blog up and running for about five days, but already I am awestruck at the cool stuff you can do on here. So here’s a few of the things I’ve learned already…

For starters, WordPress! I’d heard of it, seen the logo around, and had many friends comment that they use it. But now I use it, and even in it’s most basic form, it’s fantastic. I’m no tech-head, but there are loads of nifty plugins too, depending on your need. But don’t ask me about those, because I have no idea how to use them…

Next up there is MarsEdit, which I’m using right now to update my blog while offline. I don’t need to be without an internet connection to appreciate the advantages of offline editing – when I’m sitting in a jungle in Laos, without electricity , I’ll be able to write my next blog entry, and put together my most recent photos for uploading. Then once I’m back to ‘civilisation’, I’ll only need a few minutes of the internet to ‘Send to Blog’ and taa-daa! Updated blog with no need to pay for hours of wireless!

And finally, there is Jamie Talbot. My ridiculously talented boyfriend is the tech-head that I’m not. From the very basic setting up of a gmail account a few years ago, to fully synced iPhone/Calendars/Email and domain name, he has been the brains behind this blog operation (blogeration? hmm…). He put me onto WordPress, then one day later introduced me to MarsEdit (and when it wouldn’t work for my computer, sorted out those problems too!) – but all of that is nothing compared to the work he put into getting my photos to display they way they do.

You can get a bit more info on how he did this on his page here, but to put it simply, whenever you see photo formatting like this…Output

…then Jamie Talbot is the one to thank! It might not look like much (sorry, Jamie!) but it means you get to view my photos faster and without scrolling up and down to see large images. And this wasn’t a simple plug in, or ‘click and drag’ like I thought it might be. When we realised there was no plugin or application to do this (no free ones, anyway) then he wrote the code for it from scratch! Rather than spending an hour on each set cropping, cutting and compressing to the right size, I just type in the command and huzzah! Photos formatted! The man is a genius!  If this interests you at all, please check out his site for this and many more nifty tricks.

That’s a very brief summary of what I’ve learned from the world of blogging in the past 5 days. Maybe I should have spent this time packing and cleaning with only nine sleeps to go until we leave… Instead I’ve spent it putting together this blog and finally sharing some of my favourite photos with the world! I hope you enjoy the site as much as I already do.

If you have any thoughts or comments on anything else you see on this site, let me know. Until then, enjoy!

Cheers, Emily 🙂

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One Response

  1. Cristina says:

    Looking forward to reading your updates Emily!

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