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Not An Expert…But I Have a Lifestream


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This is what happens when you spend the better part of the day in bed, sick. You find ways to either complicate or simplify your life.  My hope is that I ended up on the simple side.

Back in early 2009 I read a post by @rahsheen about a service called  I consider Rahsheen a professor and he happens to be a member of my Twitter Hall of Fame so I signed up for it.  I didn't exactly know what it would be good for.  It seemed like it could be social, to connect with other users.  I could blog on it, manage contacts and post status updates from it.  My excitement for it lasted for about a month. I linked some sites to it and forgot it and moved on to which didn't really workout either because all my feeds wouldn't work properly and I wasn't ready to pay for a premium site.  So I asked a couple of questions:

What am I trying to do with my content?
Do I want all of it in one place?
If so where and what do I call it? What is it called?
Do I want to pay for it?

The decision was that I wanted one place that aggregated my content only.  A place that I could send people to that shows content that I've written and content that I shared and THAT'S IT!   My Twitter stream, and Facebook is really social and having all of that in the stream was really messy. That said I did want the remainder (my blogs and Google Reader shares) all in one place (which answers question 2).  What I wanted was a Lifestream, more specifically a shared content stream.

I read about Lifestreaming and about moving to the "lifestream" since blogging is "dead" and all, but for me and plenty of non-technical folks who just write and share, blogging is far from dead. d. One way for people to get a glimpse at your work, and other items of interest to you in the webosphere is to aggregate it. I decided to head back to one more time.  I didn't even remember nor have record of my password and after resetting that, deleting and re-ordering my "services" I'd like to introduce to some and re-introduce to others: .

I could have used Posterous or Tumblr or even WordPress to aggregate my content but is so simple.  You just pick a name for your site, complete your profile, add services and you're done.  No expertise, only content required. has a pay service in which you buy the site, I decided against it for now.  Who knows one day I will eventually learn WordPress and put it all there but as long as is up and I can stream content there without touching it, I'm good.

Do you Lifestream or have an activity stream of your web activity/content? If so I'd like to hear from you.  Let me know what works best for you and of course, since I'm not an expert, let me know about the level of dificulty in using your recommended service.


Not a Tech Blogger is Getting Her Money’s Worth

As a budget minded consumer who a)likes the iPad but doesn't have iPad dough and b)could afford a netbook but thinks they are hideous in the face of a sleek tablet I still do all of my writing on my Toshiba Satellite at home. However after studying my own phone use habits I realized that I do more computing on my phone than talking, so…

The budget minded non-tech person that I am has decided to run her iPhone until the wheels fall off. I am still new at this iphone thing. As a converted Blackberry abuser I bought the cheapest iPhone model possible at the time (12/09) a 3G and have been pleased with the phone but not the service.

Since June I've loaded a bunch of apps and been pleased with one and woefully disappointed in others which I guess would be the case with so many to choose from. Now I've got them narrowed down to the most used. What I was missing was a mean to publish longer form blog posts by phone. The first experiment is this post right now via the free (of course) Typepad app.

Why Typepad, why first? This blog was originally hosted on Vox, which shuts down 9/30/10. I planned to convert to Posterous but couldn't get it to work. The Typepad conversion was instant, maybe because they are both Six Apart products.

Some folk may scoff at writing full on posts by phone, I'm good with it though. The way I see it I'd much rather strike while the creative or story iron is hot with the most readily available tool then chance losing the thought on my way to the laptop.

Do you blog by phone? What apps do you use?

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