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Dispatches From Blogistan
by suzanne stefanac
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voices that matter series
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from the book
> table of contents
 
> chapter 2 history of open discourse
 
> chapter 6 history of journalism
 
> 10 blog design tips
 
> what is this long tail?
 
> trackback demystified
 
> blog ethics primer
 
> glossary
 
> resource hotlinks

interviews

> cory doctorow

> farai chideya

> bruce sterling

> denise caruso

> craig newmark

> jamais cascio

> laura lemay

> christian crumlish

> jon lebkowsky

writely definitely worth checking out

08.20.06 @ 11:25:51 pacific

ver the past few months, I’ve off and on been using Writely, a web-based word processor that is elegant, fast, and free. Google acquired the app and it just relaunched. I’ve been playing with it a bit and here’s what I like best about the newest version:

* full-featured word processor (styles, colors, tables, images, comments),
* files can be accessed from any browser window,
* offsite backup every 10 seconds,
* can save and download docs in a variety of formats (html, pdf, rtf, odt or Word),
* can compare and revert to previous versions,
* collaborative editing in real-time with whomever you choose,
* folksonomic tagging support!

I’m sure there’s more and yet the app doesn’t feel like it’s succumbing to a deadening “feature creep.” The only piece missing (and perhaps I just haven’t discovered it yet) is outlining. I think and write in outline format and have had to tease some of my work on Writely into a fake outline format, but that is fairly simple. You can even post directly to your blog, which is what I’m going to do with this post. If you use Writely, let me know what you think.




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  1. 10.14.06 @ 04:28:39 pacific

    Even though I don’t have too many fears about this, I wonder if most people just won’t feel comfortable doing the bulk of their writing on a web application rather than a desktop application for privacy and security reasons. Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out!

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    1. Ron G
      04.29.07 @ 12:31:43 pacific

      I purchased a copy of your book from Writers Digest book club & I love it! I was looking at doing both an email newsletter and blog for the flower shop that my wife and I own. I’m not sure which will surface first. I feel that many people buy flowers online to save time, but have no idea what to buy or the pitfalls.

      I have been playing with Writely since it came out. Most of my experimentation has been bouncing novel plot ideas off friends and relatives. Since I plan to publish anyway, I don’t mind the online potential security issues. I do like to collaborative features and probably won’t put the entire manuscript online until I am ready for first readers and their feedback.


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    1. Neil says:

      Even though I don’t have too many fears about this, I wonder if most people just won’t feel comfortable doing the bulk of their writing on a web application rather than a desktop application for privacy and security reasons. Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out!

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    3. Ron G says:

      I purchased a copy of your book from Writers Digest book club & I love it! I was looking at doing both an email newsletter and blog for the flower shop that my wife and I own. I’m not sure which will surface first. I feel that many people buy flowers online to save time, but have no idea what to buy or the pitfalls.

      I have been playing with Writely since it came out. Most of my experimentation has been bouncing novel plot ideas off friends and relatives. Since I plan to publish anyway, I don’t mind the online potential security issues. I do like to collaborative features and probably won’t put the entire manuscript online until I am ready for first readers and their feedback.

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