Kevin’s Portal: Overhaul Completed – Normal Blogging to Continue


The overhaul of Kevin’s Portal is now complete and it has been a massive work. The site has increased in size tenfold plus – and that’s a big plus! I hope the site is even more useful to visitors and a help to those interested in my online activities.

What’s to come now that I have this overhaul in the bag? Well, I will continue to add new social networks and web applications to Kevin’s Portal as I discover and begin to use them. I don’t expect there to be any major changes to the site now for the the foreseeable future – phew!!! I am thinking about some additional content at some point – being mainly a page about the software I use to create my online presence, such as Internet browsers, HTML editor, etc. That is down the track however.

Visit the new look site at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

 

Diaries: What to Do?


I was for quite some time bewildered as to what web application I could use for a private diary or journal. I carried out web searches and tested a few different applications (as well as software). I just couldn’t find anything that set out the journal in a way that I liked. The other thing was the fact that I like to test out web applications. So I just had to test out as many as I could. In the end I couldn’t settle on anything that I really liked.

Penzu seemed good – and it is. However, it didn’t have enough formatting options for me and I would have liked more ability to customize it also. But I didn’t want to let go of Penzu – especially if it improved over time and more features were added. Of course, there was always the concern about a web application suddenly closing down as well. What to do?

Suddenly it occurred me – what about WordPress.com? I love WordPress and use it for pretty much all of my Blogs – though I also have other Blogs that I use on Tumblr and Posterous for example (I love testing web applications remember). If there was a private option on WordPress.com than that would be brilliant – and there was. So that was the answer for me – use WordPress for my journal.

So I use both Penzu and WordPress, posting the same entries to both platforms. I like to use Namo WebEditor to write and format my enteries first though, just as I do for all of my WordPress Blogs. It gives me much more control that way. Of course Penzu is still limited in that area.

I thought I’d share that on the News at the Portal Blog because it could be a useful way for people to write their own diaries or journals should they wish to. Don’t rule out WordPress.com as an option – it’s great.

Visit WordPress.com at:
http://wordpress.com/

Visit Penzu at:
https://penzu.com/

 

Kevin’s Portal: Latest Update


I have been tinkering with the web applications and social networks listing on the page. I have decided to add links to all of the sites I use so that any interested visitor can check them out for themselves. I am identifying those sites that I have a public profile on and that I have linked to elsewhere on the page with a simple * at the front of the link. The list is not yet 100% completed – and will end up quite large as I do tend to test and use a large number of sites for one reason or another.

 

Bundlr

I have just started to use the Bundlr social network/web application this evening. This could be a great little tool that will allow me to bundle (hence the name) resources from around the web into collections of curated content. I should hopefully be able to embed this information into other websites in the future. It should be a great tool for some of my other sites and I am already experimenting with it for the kevinswilderness.com site. Links to my Bundlr profile and to Bundlr itself have now been added to Kevin’s Portal.

Visit my Bundlr profile at:
http://gobundlr.com/u/kevinwmatthews

 

Evernote

One of the tools I use a lot is Evernote and a link to this tool will be added to Kevin’s Portal tonight also. There are no public profiles for Evernote, though there is the ability to have shared folders and to share individual files with others and other sites. I will use Bundlr to form a curated page for Evernote also so that I can promote this brilliant tool. Evernote is my favourite tool in the cloud and it can be used on all manner of mobile devices and computers.

My Bundlr Evernote page will be at:
http://gobundlr.com/b/evernote