For reasons I have no real inclination to get into at the moment, I haven’t been doing a lot on the web for some time – for a couple of years really. I have several Blogs that I have continued to maintain, but my websites, web applications and various social networks have all been let go and allowed to go to cyberspace fallow.
Hopefully all of that is beginning to change. I have awoken from my slumber, though I’m still in that place where I could easily go back to sleep if I don’t cultivate my regathered interest in all things online where I have a presence. It has been a measured return, taking just small steps and moving towards much larger ones. Enthusiasm is gathering pace and interest is quickly returning.
How things have gone by the wayside though with the time that has passed. Warmly embraced places I called home have ceased to be – Glitch, Accomplish, etc. Others have moved on with great panache, making significant strides into their future and obviously mine as I try to make up for lost time. Such small amounts of time on the Web can mean tremendous change and movements forward, that one can be easily left behind and seemingly struggling to make up the lost ground. Such has been the case with Evernote, my all time favourite app and others also. Of course a whole host of new and amazing social networks and web applications have burst onto the scene as well and I am very keen to find out more about plenty of them.
So for a fresh and renewed start, the Blog here has also been revitalised with a coat of new paint and trim. I am keen to get started again and have a whole wonderful bag of new toys and tricks to check out via my various saved bookmarks, with a good number of them to be added to my Portal home. Some will also need to be cleared out as they have greatly diminished with the passing of time and others have simply died and disappeared into the annals of cyber memory, never to rise again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin’s Portal now has a Blog for posting news about the site. You’ll find posts about those places on the web where I have a presence and those places that I choose to leave. It’s all about where I am, why I am there, when I got there and what I’ll do there – as well as when I leave there, should I choose to do so. It should be an interesting journey.
There is also a page on the Blog that acts as a guestbook for Kevin’s Portal.