Post To Your Blog Directly From Google Docs

When you’re a web worker, time is money.  Here at Web Worker Daily, we’re all about helping you efficiently use your time.

In order to have some of the Word Processor features in my blog editor, I often compose my blog posts in Google Docs, then paste them into my blogging software.  Well as bavatuesdays has pointed out, Google Documents now features the ability to post directly to your blog software.

To use this quietly rolled out feature, type in your Google Doc as you normally would and hit the “Publish” button.  One of the options is to post to your blog.  You’re presented with the following screen:

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As you can see, the window asks for your blog type, username, password, and blog name.  The support a large number of blog engines including WordPress, Blogger, Moveable Type, and more.

Once you’ve set up your blog information, you can easily post the Google Doc to your blog.  In my testing, the result was plain looking posts that appear just as they do inside Google Documents.

MarsEdit Update Kicks Your Blogging Up A Notch

MarsEdit

I’m not one to get excited about dot-update releases from a software vendor, but a tool that was mentioned in my “must have” postMarsEdit – has just updated from version 2.0 to 2.1, with that “0.1” adding far more than a tenth of new features.

One of my major complaints about the previous version has been the horrendous preview feature. While you could connect MarsEdit up to your site CSS style sheets fairly easily, rendering of your entries was always slow and buggy. The new preview feature is fast, responsive and (so far) bug/crash-free. This makes creating entries more fluid and enables you to trust what you see locally rather than having to preview posts on your site before publishing.

One other great, new feature is the ability to search your posts locally. If you contribute to a number of blogs (public or private) or just post quite a bit, this can be a great way to go back and see if you’ve already hit upon a topic before. It can also be a great way to gather support materials for a new post. Since you can use MarsEdit as a note-taking system (you don’t have to post drafts to a server), this can also be a fantastic way to organize small bits of info you keep promising to find a place for.

Finally – for Movable Type and WordPress users – authors have the ability to do free-tagging instead of picking from a list of defined keywords. I’m a huge Drupal fan, and Drupal does have free-tagging support, so perhaps Dan will read this humble post and work on interfacing with the Drupal API’s.

MarsEdit is not free, but it’s a bargain at $30. Dan is very responsive in the ME forums and both he and the app have a presence on Twitter (when Twitter is actually up, that is).

If you have any good/bad experiences with MarsEdit please drop a note in the comments and if you have alternative blogging client/post organization suggestions let us know as well (always good to hear from those three ecto users out there).

How to Get Rich by Blogging

Alex Iskold writes on Read/WriteWeb that there’s no money in the long tail of the blogosphere. What he means is: if you’re trying to make decent money by selling advertising on your niche blog (i.e., your blog that caters to the needs of a few in the long tail) you’re going to have a hard time of it.
But you can earn money because of your blog instead of with it. Blogging can be the centerpiece of your professional promotional and networking activities, leading indirectly to new money-making opportunities. Plus, blogging offers psychological riches — through the opportunities for personal expression and social connection it brings you.
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Peter’s Principle: Absolute Openness

Fortune magazine recently ran a feature on PayPal alumni that includes folks like Slide CEO & Founder Max Levchin, the YouTube boys and David Sacks of Geni.
The star of the story, however is Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal and now a hedge fund investor non-pariel, who manages billions of dollars and is an ultimate contrarian. His investments include Facebook (stake worth over a billion dollars), LinkedIn and Slide. Amusing as it might be, the story has one nugget of information that most start-up founders should at least attempt to copy.

His hallmark management MO at PayPal (at least, pre-IPO) was the all-hands open-book session. Customer logs, revenue flow, fraud losses, burn rate: He’d display it all for every employee to see. This access to information, coupled with the lack of offices, created a flat structure where any idea could win the day.

Also watch my video interviews with Max Levchin and David Sacks, on the GigaOM.TV website.

It’s a Camera Phone World

Long dismissed by the popular media, camera phones have become the hottest commodity this side of IPod and MiniPOD. (Three cheers for Alan and his brilliant Camera Phone Report!) Any this morning’s piece in the Wall Street Journal confirms that it is a camera phone world after-all. Too bad for Moto though.

Nokia captured the top spot with a 14% share. It was closely followed by Samsung and Sony Ericsson with 12% each. Rounding out the top five were NEC and Panasonic at 10% each, who both thrive off the large Japanese contingent with camera phones. Have you seen when a movie star gets spotted in Tokyo, it’s picture mania, writes Loop Capital’s analyst team and quips, “Some are even calling the camera phone today’s digital autograph.”

So what’s next? Megapixel cameraphones, which first hit Asian markets, are going global. At least seven additional megapixel handsets had been announced at the end of last week’s CTIA show. As a standalone device, megapixel cameras signify the impending demise of low-end, standalone digital still cameras, predicts ABI Research. As a network connected device, megapixel cameras have the potential to push imaging more into the realm of “tool” than “toy.” According to ABI Research, these devices
increase the profit potential across the value chain, by boosting IC content, raising handset ASPs, and increasing data ARPU, operators’ long standing goal, as voice ARPU declines.

In short, just the kind of good news the telecom and cellular phone business needs. The research firm expects nearly 70% of all handsets to be embedded with cameras by 2009, with a majority shifting to multi-megapixel resolutions by the end of the decade. “Even Motorola, long criticized for falling behind in the race to deploy high-end handsets, is showing signs of a turnaround,” explains ABI Research analyst Kenil Vora. “By integrating a megapixel camera, an MP3 decoder, and Bluetooth in a CDMA 1X handset, the Motorola V710 demonstrates solid consumer-focused product development.”

The final element to this equation is the operators, who are poised to benefit from subscribers sending larger, higher resolution image files across the network. Enterprise customers, who have long ignored imaging functionality, will now begin to see the benefits of cameras as image quality improves. With larger files and more subscribers using the cameras, the net result is a two-fold punch to increasing data usage driving ARPU.

That is not the only thing. Look at all the start-up activity around the camera phones. From guys like ScanBuy who are turning camera phones into scanners to little companies like TypePad, a moblog hosting service, camera phones are opening up new opportunities we did not see. Last summer I wrote a cover story on the cellphone being the “real next big thing,” and it is nice to see that things are working according to the plan.