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After a long day of fiddling. 

Posted on March 6, 2015, 8:59 pm

Donald Brown

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I think (hope) I'm posting pictures resizing with correct orientation!

Let's see if this works.

Posted on March 6, 2015, 8:50 pm

Donald Brown

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Displaying Pictures on Twitter

If you can view the twitter "card", you'll see the picture attached to this page. If not, you won't. I could just add the picture to the tweet, but twitter cards are really simple. So what do you all think? Cards good? Or do I need to add the picture?

BTW, this is a picture of Odis, making the leap from cat tree to cupboard. Odis is no longer with us.

Posted on March 6, 2015, 4:05 pm
Last updated on March 6, 2015, 4:06 pm

Donald Brown

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Rethinking RSB comment philosophy

I may have made a serious design error in RSB, but I'm not sure I can reverse it. Let me explain what I'm tryin to do and why.

One of the basic goals of RSB is making it maintenance free. You can bookmark the New Post page, go to it when you want to write something, maybe get sent through Twitter to authenticate you, and post it. And that's it. Yes, you can go back and edit old posts if you want (well, that part isn't done yet, but it will be).

So much of the BS of other web blogging systems I've tried revolves around comments. Most of that is dealing with spam, but even without it, you've got to do something to see the new comments that come in, interact if you want, etc.

So I had my brilliant idea. Turn Twitter into my commenting system. Auto-tweeting posts was always a plan (and I've worked with the Twitter API in the past, I like it). Turns out it's ridiculously easy to have people click on a link and add a reply. I'm already reading my twitter feed so the comments will show up, Twitter deals with the worst of the spam and any jackasses will be revealing their identies and can be blocked. And it's easy for my readers too - most will see the tweet of the article, click the link to read it, and can just click the link to add a reply. If I reply to their reply, it shows up in their feed. Clean. Brilliant. Win/Win/Win! (the third Win is for Twitter who gets more interaction with their site, not that they need it.)

Except... if you use a twitter application instead of the browser, you may well not be logged in. You click the link to add a comment - and are presented with a window asking you to enter your twitter account and screen name. Yes, it looks like it's from twitter, URL has twitter, but dodgy people are clever. I hope people don't consider me dodgy, but dodgy people sometimes hide their dodginess.

So there's definitely some friction there. If there was a way I could determine if they came from a twitter client and send them back, would be great, but I don't think there is.

That said, I'm going to continue this path. The friction is bad, not happy I didn't think it through (though I use apps for twitter, Socialite on Mac and official one on iPad, I'm always logged in with the browser). But the alternatives are worse. I really don't want to add the comment BS into my nice clean system, and I don't want to give up comments.

But I'll be thinking about it. If anyone has any advice, happy to hear it.

Posted on March 5, 2015, 12:05 pm
Last updated on March 6, 2015, 6:18 am

Donald Brown

It lives! It lives! My RSB LIVES!!! Mua ha ha ha ha (Please check it out)

This is the first real actual post from my new blogging system. I call it RSB because I'm trying to keep it a Real Simple Blog.

There are things to come - for one thing, no RSS feed (yes, it is coming, Dave!) and I want the ability to upload one/a couple images (which would then also get posted to Twitter), among others. But it's not wordpress/blogger/medium/tumbler, it won't become those, and I don't want it to become those. I want an easy way to post longform stuff in a place I control

UPDATES: RSS feed is now enabled. Also, much better integration with twitter, displaying summaries.

As you probably got here from Twitter (and I really hope you followed the link) - not only does it autotweet all entries, but I'm using Twitter as my comments/discussion system. It also is used to log into the admin area - at present, it's locked into my screenname, but one thing I am looking at adding is multi-user support.

And yeah, it needs to be prettier. That will run into my limits as a graphic artist, but again, I don't want to be Medium.

BTW, in addition to twitter, thanks to the CKEditor people, I use it for the body entry/editing.

Posted on March 3, 2015, 7:02 pm
Last updated on March 6, 2015, 5:37 am

Donald Brown

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