Inveterate dabbler in business, travel, gadgets & life

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a plugin

Experimenting with the Blackbird Pie Plugin . What should appear is Sally’s latest tweet!

[blackbirdpie id=”15314138607652864″]

Worked very well indeed! Just some confusion initially as there are no setup options: Just click on the Blackbird in the WordPress editor. Clicking on the Blackbird enables you to search for Twitter by Username, URL or tweet ID

Impressive little plugin!

1001 posts!

Welcome to my 1001 blog post, or so WordPress thinks! I started blogging in 2002, using Dave Winer‘s Radio software. This is a screenshot of the first posts that I can find:-

Radio Userland Posts July 2002

Interesting about the post on the real inventor of the telephone. Tonights talk at Biosoc was given by Nick Franks which he started by explaining who the real inventor of anaesthetics was a Crawford Long not William Morton who got all the publicity.

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Three strikes and you are in….

Fred did an interesting post on Zemanta “One of my favorite VC quotes comes from Bill Kaiser of Greylock. He once said, “when I hear about a company once, I often ignore it, when I hear about it twice, I pay attention, when I hear about it for the third time, I take a meeting”…. ” Zemanta is a blogging tool plugin that provides a set of advanced services for finding related content (photos and related posts). It also provides something I’ve wanted for a long time, a way to do a tumblr style reblog in typepad.”
Zemata edit screen

So I downloaded the self hosted WordPress plugin. This puts an attractive column alongside the main editing screen in WP . Every 300 characters it displays new links and images based on the words you type. As well as filling in your tags and link fields.

Not entirely clear what relevance the image of a young geisha writing a blog is! or a large building in Sacramento!

The links and tags seem better.

There are also options for entering in your amazon affiliates name. So I guess if you recommend a book like Black Swan it will automatically add my affilate name.

Thats way cool, by adding the words “black swan” to this post , suddenly images of them appeared in the side bar!Image via Wikipedia

Sorry for the pun I know in California its three strikes and you are in prison!

New beginnings

After 2 years of procrastination I have finally transferred this site over to WordPress . My first WordPress site was for the Our Social World conference in September 2005, which I think is just about when WP was released to the public.

Geoff trying to smileSince then I have set up quite a few WP blogs for friends. Ellee’s being the first and more recently Sally’s

I have been very impressed at the rate of development in the WP community and the huge range of plugins available. WP also seems very stable and forgiving of novices like myself.

If you are interested in WP then a good blog to read is Lorelle on WordPress where she offers tips and advice.

Please let me know of any broken links (all links take you to the home page – no 404’s here!) or unexpected behaviour.

Looking forward to see how the change affects my google ranking for Geoff and Geoff Jones.