Matt Craven, Senior Vice President, BlogMedia, Inc.
I use NetNewsWire as my feed reader. Right now, I have around 1,059 feeds in my feedreader. About 100 of these are some type of searches – whether they’re about the sites in our network or just general terms like ‘blog’ or ‘blog network’. I find these searches to be an invaluable way to gather competitive intelligence and source great stories that often get missed in the blogosphere.
I tend to skim feeds first thing in the morning – and then in the early evening. As I skim, I double click on any item that interests me as a potential blog topic – and then open in Firefox anything that might be worth reading later on (longer posts, and so on). Doubleclicking on an item in NetNewsWire opens it in NetNewsWire’s internal web browser.
At any given time, I have around 120 or so items open between NetNewsWire and Firefox.
Beyond that, I also open many windows to look at tips that we receive via email at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz or via IM. I usually get 2-3 good tips a day – sometimes it’s some really juicy stuff.
Later in the evening, after my wife has gone off to bed, I sit down and plow through the feeds looking for topics to blog. I generally use the web interface in or Movable Type. I used ecto for quite some time but wound up liking the plain-jane interface that both of these blog interfaces use.
Where I blog from depends on what I’m doing. I work from home most of the time and can blog from the dining room, from the deck (we have two), or from a local cafe. Most of the time though, I blog from my home office (pictured to the right).
The office setup is as follows (left to right):
- Apple Powerbook G4: Mail, NetNewsWire, Firefox, IM
- Dell XPS: Firefox, Quickbooks Pro, Dual 20″ LCDs
- Apple PowerMac G4 (Dual): Firefox, Yahoo Widgets, iTunes, shell windows to monitor servers. 23″ Cinema Display, 19″ Studio Display
I use one mouse & keyboard for all of these computers using free software called synergy. Highly recommended if you’re using multiple PCs/Macs together.
My best blogging though tends to come when I’m offline. Usually long plane flights or finding some time to be offsite without a wifi connection results in some of my best posts. Less distraction I think.
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.