Driving While Blogging

Once concern people have with starting a blog is whether they will be able to keep it fresh and updated. One partial solution to this problem is Utterz. My friend Chris Heuer introduced me to this service, which he uses quite frequently on his blog.

The audio post is one I did on the way home from the Rochester Airport last night. One drawback, as I mentioned, is that adding text like this, or links, or a title like the “Driving While Blogging” above, requires you to still go to your blog and edit. You can set some default categories for your Utterz posts, but tags also have to be added manually.

I’m going to experiment some more with Utterz, using a picture uploaded from my camera phone to combine with the post. I guess you can have video, too.

Maybe I’ll suggest Utterz to my daughter, who seems to have trouble keeping The Borg Blog updated.

And no, I’m not typing this part while driving…I’m editing the orginal post while riding the bus to work on Thursday morning.

Mobile post sent by leeaase using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Cold Weather + Lousy Record = Cheap Ticket + Souvenir Baseball

My Visit to AT&T Park in San Francisco. I did this post using Utterz. The matching up of my emailed photo with the cell phone voice message didn’t work so well…so I had to upload manually from the Utterz site.

I will be doing a review of Utterz as a 200-level SMUG class.

Mobile post sent by leeaase using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Exploring in DC

What do you do on a Saturday night in Washington, DC? If you’re a geek who happens to also be a basketball fan, maybe you do what I’ve done: watch a couple of NCAA basketball games while checking out some newer social media sites and services.

I’m not quite that pathetic. I did take a ride on the Metro this evening after the conference to go see the cherry blossoms on the Mall. It was beautiful:


But after that, I did come back to the hotel to eat and watch UCLA put away Xavier, and for the last couple of hours I’ve been multitasking, checking out some social media sites, services and applications while watching a closer contest between North Carolina and Louisville.

I may be doing some reviews of these after I get a little more experience with them, but here are some initial impressions.

I like Twhirl, a desktop client for Twitter. I think it can help me have more of the real-time experience of Twitter that would be more helpful. Twittermail looks like a good service, too. Dennis McDonald shared his Twitter rules this week, and I agree with most of them.

One thing I’d like to know is whether I can get Tweets from only selected accounts via SMS. I think I’ve tried this, by signing up for one user’s Tweets. This would be particularly helpful if I could have a high-priority class of Tweets (e.g. family members) that came to me by SMS. Does anyone know whether this works?

I also signed up for Utterz, having seen Chris Heuer use it. My profile name is leeaase. Pretty original, huh? I’ll probably use it to do some blog posts, and then may give it a review.

Probably the coolest thing today is FriendFeed. It pulls in data from 33 other services, including Twitter, YouTube, a blog, Flickr, LinkedIn. Again my account is leeaase. I’ve read a bunch about this and look forward to getting more experience with it.

So what has your experience, if any, been with these services?