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July 2, 2010

When Blogger And WordPress Trade Places (Audio Blogging?)

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A long, long time ago in a place not so far away the Google overlords decided that it wasn’t enough that the BlogSpot faithful could upload text and images to their blogs. Something needed to be done to make their Blogger baby distinct from the masses.

So after much thought they unleashed their geek powers and created AudioBlogger, which allowed BlogSpot disciples to post audio clips from their phones upon their blogs for the low price of free.

Unfortunately the service became “too popular” and thus the Google overlords struck down AudioBlogger to the horror of podcasters everywhere.

Now it seems as if WordPress is helping making audio blogging popular again by introducing the service to their users for free. read more

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June 23, 2010

Will Blogger’s New Video Player Challenge WordPress’s VideoPress?

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After taking cues from YouTube, it looks like the boys and girls at Google have decided to update the Blogger video player in order to make it user friendly.

We also introduced a new video player that’s based on the YouTube player. The new Blogger video player allows full-screen viewing — now visitors can watch videos that you published on your blog in full-screen mode. The new player also features a better user interface, such as animated seekbar (the red bar along the bottom of the video) and bigger buttons. You can also right-click on the player to see more information about the video, such as playback performance (“Show Video Info”) or network speed (“Take Speed Test”). Note that despite the new video player, the videos you upload to Blogger are still only visible on your blog, not on YouTube. (Blogger Buzz)

While the video service is still not HTML5 complient, the UI is much more professional than when they first introduced video uploading for Blogspot users in 2007. read more

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June 11, 2010

Blogger’s Template Designer Goes Public

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After releasing the template designer upon Blogger in Draft (which is Blogger’s eternal beta site), Google has decided to drop the beta for BlogSpot’s theme feature and release the tool for the masses to try out.

Since the launch, we fixed many bugs and added even more themes and background images. But the Blogger Template Designer has only been available on Blogger in Draft, which is why we’re excited to announce that the Blogger Template Designer is now available to everyone. [...]

With other platforms, users have to define every color in their blog separately, making changing the color theme of your blog a tedious task. The Blogger Template Designer lets you change all the colors in your blog at once, by changing the Main color theme. (Blogger Buzz)

This latest move should help Blogger maintain its lead against WordPress (the latter who has been busy announcing new themes almost weekly), as well as inspire a few BlogSpot addicts to make their Blogger blogs a little more aesthetic.

Thus far Blogger has a little under two dozen official themes total, although the ability to alter each theme with hundreds of customizations should help the world’s largest blogging platform remain viable in the foreseeable future.

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May 26, 2010

BlogBooster To WordPress Fans: Don’t You Wish Your iPhone App Was Hot Like Me?

WordPress fans take note: it looks like we now have an iPhone app that may remove the pain from blogging upon our iDevices without resorting to “the way of the geek.”

BlogBooster has released an iPhone app that allows you to not only insert multiple images, but also includes a formatting bar allowing you to italicize, embolden, underline as well as strike through text without having to manually type in the coding. You can also manually insert hyperlinks as well (another plus!).

Although the app seems geared towards WP fans, BlogBooster also supports Blogger, Typepad and Tumblr, with more platforms on the way (not to mention an upcoming iPad app!).

Priced at $4.99 USD, some may wonder if the app is worth it, especially when their are less expensive rivals like BlogPress (not to mention free official alternatives for WordPress, Typepad and Tumblr).

So before you hit the buy button, here is an in depth review highlighting the good, the bad and the awesome regarding this new blogging app. read more

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May 6, 2010

Watchout WordPress! Google To Add Blogger To Google Apps

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After receiving numerous requests from clients, it looks as if the search engine king will be adding Blogger to Google Apps suite (which is used primarily by businesses and schools around the world).

9 of the top 20 requests from Google Apps customers are for their accounts to work with more services from Google, not just for the core suite of messaging and collaboration applications. Later this year we’ll dramatically accelerate customer access to innovation, and give users the convenience of using any Google service allowed by their administrator from a single account affiliated with their organization.

For example, coworkers will be able to publish their organization’s blog on Blogger, share project images with Picasa Web Albums, track industry news in Google Reader, advertise online with AdWords and much more, all without switching back and forth between multiple accounts. (Official Google Enterprise Blog) read more

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March 30, 2010

Blogger Improves Photo Uploading (Catches Up To WordPress)

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It looks like the boys and girls at Google have just enabled multiple photo uploading for Blogger fans via flash, as well as the ability to pull images from their multimedia gallery on Picasa.

(Blogger In Draft Blog) We recently updated the photo uploading interface in Blogger in Draft’s post editor with a few new features:

Multiple photo upload. If you have Flash installed, you can select multiple photos at a time in the file picker, and all of them will get uploaded at once.

Picasa Web Albums integration. You can now select from any of the images in your Picasa Web photo albums and insert them into your posts.

The ability to post images from your Picasa gallery is a feature long overdue, although it does help make blogger more competitive against rivals like WordPress.com and Typepad.

This latest move should help compliment Blogger’s launch of blog themes and pages, which should make the platform more appealing for serious bloggers.

This feature is currently only available upon Blogger in Draft (which is Google’s eternal beta for Blogger which users can access by visiting draft.blogger.com in their browser.

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March 15, 2010

How to Get a Blogger’s Attention

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Smoke signals. They were effective in ancient China when soldiers needed to communicate over the Great Wall. But send one up today and your message will go up in – well – smoke. Getting the attention of a blogger you would like to work with or for is no easy task. Life feels like one big cluttered inbox. Here are a few ways to cut through the noise.

1) Write about them. Bloggers are not a vain bunch, but they do check their referring traffic on a regular basis. Insult them on your Website and they will defend their honor. Compliment them and they will be thankful.

2) Ask them for help. It’s a generalization but I’m going to go there anyhow; people love to hear themselves talk. read more

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March 11, 2010

Blogger Rolls Out New Template Designer

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I’ve never understood Blogger. In my humble opinion, it is a cumbersome blogging platform that has always dragged way behind the competition. Even under the Google umbrella, the novice CMS has failed to impress. But perhaps there is hope…

Starting today, Blogger is rolling out the Blogger Template Designer, a tool that will give users much greater control over how their blog looks and operates. read more

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January 24, 2010

Blogger Kills FTP Support

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Beginning March 26, 2010, Blogger will no longer support FTP publishing. This means that if you are one of the .5% of Blogger users utilizing an FTP service to publish a blog to your own domain, things are a-changin’.

Citing a drain on their “engineering resources,” the Google-owned platform has made the decision in order to concentrate on new features and improvements in 2010. read more

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January 19, 2010

Write Your Blogging Acceptance Speech

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So most of us bloggers are not rich and famous…yet. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get to enjoy the self-aggrandizing, masturbatory ritual known as the award show acceptance speech.

It’s actually not a total waste of time… read more

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