Clearly, Evernote Helps with Drowning the Noise

Evernote clearly png  640×240 I'm a huge Evernote fan. The desktop, mobile and tablet apps are used everyday -- personally and professionally. It's my number one GTD app -- get things done. I also am in love with their Clearly browser extension for Chrome. Instead of telling you what it does, I'll show you:

Boston Globe's New Blog About Obnoxious Boston Sports Fans

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The Boston Globe launched a new blog called the Obnoxious Boston Fan. Yes, you guess right. It's all about Boston sports, with a slant towards how obnoxious us fans can be as we follow the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox.

For those of us who are part of this heralded (and hated group), you'll love it. For those who aren't, you'll hate it.

Guess that's the point.

Here's the intro from the fan himself:

Sometimes You Need Side Projects

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I've been blogging, tweeting, status updating, creating videos, etc. for quite some time. And, if you've been following along this magic journey you know that I have this love/hate relationship with social media. I get bored with it after a while. I need to keep things fresh and exciting in order for me to keep generating content, meet new people, try out new services, etc.

I was in one of those ruts a couple of days ago, but over the weekend I started a new side project with a few cool dudes in their own right.

Who Wants Cold Pizza?

Started a side project today called Cold Pizza. It's a blog for dudes, written by dudes and all about food, brwes and stogies (I'm sure there will be some other things sprinkled in there as well). 

I'm looking for writers. If interested, email me at donmartelli at gmail. 

Who doesn't like cold pizza? 

Squarespace iPad App Review

Just downloaded and installed the Squarespace iPad app. It works just like the iPhone app, just with more real-estate. So are it is performing as expected. It allows me to post right to my site, add photos to posts, add HTML, tags, etc.

I can also review posts on my blog and edit drafts or live posts. There are also analytics widgets to check site traffic and other measurement stuff that's important to bloggers

If you are a Squarespace blogger and have an iPad, pick up the free app. It's a no brainer.

iTunes Link

Introducing The Home Chef Blog

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I've been blogging for quite some time. I go back to the Blog City days and if you remember what Blog City was, then you've been in the game just as long as I've been.

Despite blogging being a popular way to connect with your audience, some folks aren't into it. They feel they can't write; don't know how to do it; don't know how to set up the right marketing channels, etc. Basically, it's not something they're interested in despite the fact that they are content expert in some way shape or form.

Take my wonderful wife for example.

The misses can cook her butt off and she always has the house decorated for a holiday or season. She's the type that will take decorations down the day after a holiday and then decorate for the next holiday or season. For example, the Turkey's come down on November 25th and are swapped out with Snowmen, i.e. Christmas decorations.

Her homemaking abilities are emulated by her friends and she's been constantly bugged to start her own blog.

Well, because she has a husband that does this stuff for a living, she's now doing it.

Introducing The Home Chef Blog, a place where you can get cooking and decorating tips that make a happy home.

I encourage you to check out the blog, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow along on Twitter and "like" the site on Facebook.

Feedback is welcomed. Thanks!

Xmarks RIP

xmarsks-rip.jpgAs a writer that blogs for a number of sites, I have to keep a number of bookmarks on hand to navigate my way to dashboards, news sources, HTML help, etc.

As is the case with most of us out there, we tend to work across multiple computers — home, work, laptops, mobile devices, etc.

One of the tools that kept my head on straight was Xmarks — the tool that allowed you to sync your bookmarks across whatever browser you used — Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. I've been using Xmarks since it was called Foxmarks and it was exclusively an Firefox extension.

Having that sense of familiarity was awesome. It was like a nice warm blanket on a cold winter night. Xmarks was always there to keep me warm.

Today, however, I received the obituary email I was dreading:

Dear Xmarks User,

We've always said we won't email you unless it's important; this is one of those occasions:

Xmarks will be shutting down our free browser synchronization services on January 10, 2011. For details on how to transition to recommended alternatives, consult this page.

For the full story behind the Xmarks shutdown, please read our blog post.

Thank you for being a part of the Xmarks community; we apologize for any inconvenience this step may cause you. We believe we have the best users in the world, and we hope your bookmarks find a new and happy home soon.

Asynchronously,

— The Xmarks Team

I will be sad to see you go Xmarks. Now I am forced to use either a Firefox or Google-type sync service, which is just fine (if you are willing to pay $10 a year, you might still be able to use it, according to the official blog post on the news).

The point here is that it's sad to see a good service get tossed aside because it has become obsolete by the efforts of tech giants.

Thanks for the memories.

Article first published as RIP Xmarks on Technorati.

#140Conf: Effect of the Real-Time Web on News Gathering

140conf.jpgAt the #140Conf yesterday, there was a panel that discussed the effect of the real-time web on news gathering, featuring:

It was an interesting conversation because as a former journalist, I can understand their point of view, which was basically that social media has changed news gathering forever and media outlets are working diligently to keep up with what's happening now.

Consumers expect to get news as it happens and they will be forever part of the news cycle. 

As Jeff Cutler put it in his portion of the conference (Deadlines Don't Wait - Social Media Journalism), consumers aren't citizen journalists (unless you have the background and training as one), but rather are citizen reporters. We report the news as we see it, e.g. pictures, videos, tweets, etc. 

The trend of using citizens to gather news content is going to continue and increase, according to the panelists. 

It'll be interesting to see how news organizations embrace consumers' eagerness to be part of the news cycle and if they can formerly develop business models that one, generate actual revenue as a result and two, keep consumers engaged and willing to keep reporting.

What do you think?

Article first published as #140Conf: Effect of the Real-Time Web on News Gathering on Technorati.

Tips for Blogging Apple Fan Boys on the Go

Apple_Fanboy_250x250.pngI'll admit, I'm an Apple Fan Boy. The company can do no wrong in my opinion and all their products kick ass. Yea, I know it's a shallow view of a company and its products, but since I went Mac, I've yet to go back.

As a hardcore blogger, I find their are a ton of apps that help me write, organize and publish my stuff.

Here are some apps that you blogging Mac heads should be using.

Evernote
If you're publishing in various places, you should be using Evernote. The digital notebook is your memory on a device. There's a great app for the Mac and the iPhone app is just as great. I draft all my posts in Evernote so I can tag them, save them and refer to them after they have been published in various places. It's also a great way to keep jotting down ideas and refer to them when you're looking for content to push out.

Things
Check out Things, an app that will allow you to have a synced to do list. The app will help you check off all those posts you need to write or have written and syncs between your Mac and iPhone. It's also a great project manager app.

Dropbox
Any time you need to save an image or a file, use Dropbox. It's basically your own personal server and allows you to grab your items from either your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Comes in handy when you want to transfer images for your blog posts.

Writing Apps
If you're writing for a handful of blogs, check out MarsEdit. It's a great cross-platform app and will allow you to write a single post, then send it to various blogs you've signed up for.

There are also apps for Wordpress, Squarespace and Blogger for the iPhone. Each come in handy when you want to write posts on the fly.

RSS Goodness

Any good blogger subscribes to a zillion blogs to help him or her with keeping in touch on what the blogosphere is talking about. I happen to use Google Reader but specifically use NetNewsWire, which syncs to Google Reader and has an app for the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad. So wherever I am, I can have my RSS feeds at my finger tips.

What tools and apps are essential to your blogging?

Article first published as Critical Apps for Blogging Apple Fan Boys on the Go on Technorati.