friday favorites – blogging

thanks for the suggestions yesterday – i will definitely be getting to them all in the upcoming weeks!

today i my favorites are going to be some topics with blogging, because i do love blogging!

blogger friends

as you can see from my 400th post, blogging has introduced me to many new running friends which is so great and this weekend i am also getting the chance to meet more!  i have set up a little bay area blogger get together with some local ladies, hoping that they can find some new friends too through this.  it should be fun, i am excited to meet everyone and i can’t wait to tell you guys all about it!

windows live writer

i have noticed a couple bloggers lately writing posts complaining about posting in blogger.  if you own a PC and don’t have this program to blog on, download it now.  seriously, it will change your blogging life.  i didn’t know about it for a long time, and then it took me a while to actually use it, but seriously it is the best thing ever!  you don’t have the stupid picture uploading problem that you get in blogger, you are able to format things so much easier, and it even has automatic links you can set up (thank you maritza for that one – see i just typed her name and it automatically hyperlinked her!).  there are so many awesome things you can do, and then it just posts directly to your blog!

windows movie maker

this is the program i have used to make a couple of my movies and it’s so fun!  it’s very easy to use too, especially once you get the hang of it.  then you can make fun movies with pictures and songs to post!  i hope to be doing this more often, because i like watching them on people’s blogs and seems like people like watching them on mine!

google analytics

i have always kind of used this program, but thanks for my friend danica i am finally figuring out what some stuff really means.  i have had some extra time on my hands at work and this will definitely keep you busy if you want it to.

i always think it’s funny to see what people search to get to my blog.  there used to be some pretty funny ones, but now it’s a majority of running searches, which is good!  still a few randoms though…

flex those legs, quitting the gym, running arons, run an aron, run some arons… i think someone needs to learn how to spell errand.

google reader

and of course, the trusty google reader.  without it how could i keep track of ALL those awesome blogs out there?  mine is JAM PACKED right now with blogs, but i have been trying to keep up with them so it doesn’t get out on control.  i have everything sorted into folders and categories, so that helps too!

what are your favorite tools to make blogging easier/more efficient?

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last night i got my medium long run in.  i was having a hard time with this one because i was just tired.  i knew once i got out there i would feel better, but ehhh that was kind of the case.  i was just tired through this whole run and it felt like it lasted forever, but i got it done!  the first 8 miles i could even see (daylight), which was a nice change.  got the miles done and sometimes that’s all that matters :)

12.0 miles/1:49:24/9:07 avg pace

happyyyyyyy friday!

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37 Responses to friday favorites – blogging

  1. Marlene March 5, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    FIRST!

    My favorite "tool" for keeping up with blogs is multi-tasking (aka stealing work time, hahaha). :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. objectsevents March 5, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    blogger suckkks!!! downloading windows live writer changed my life. and even now on wordpress i still use live writer most of the time!!

    happy friday!!!!!!!!

  3. Staci Dombroski March 5, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    Thanks for the suggestion of the windows live writer. I will have to check that out later. Have a great weekend!

  4. Marathon Maritza March 5, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Those are all my favorite blogging things too! Live writer has seriously been the reason I have kept up with blogging since I re-started a few weeks ago…it's just so fun and EASY PEASY, as you like to say. ♥

    Yay for group run tomorrow!

  5. Amanda - RunToTheFinish March 5, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    ohh live writer was such a revelation for me!! And of course google reader saves me. I think you pretty much use the same tools that I do

  6. Denise March 5, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    wow, i'm so far behind in technology!! i need to check these out!

  7. Lisa March 5, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    downloading live writer now… thx for the tip!

  8. Alisa March 5, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I NEED to check some of this stuff out for sure!

    Way to get that medium long run in. Sometimes I think of all the bloggers I know that use the Pfitz plan and think that I couldn't imagine doing that plan with all those LONG midweek runs but really I spend just as much time doing all the other stuff I do–though I don't think my legs would be too happy =).

    Way to keep rockin' the training. Excited to see you at Big Sur.

  9. Indi March 5, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I just checked out Windows Live writer and THANKS!! Adds so much to the blog writing process.

  10. Heather March 5, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    I need to check out Windows Live writer – thanks for the tip!

  11. Susan March 5, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    i love windows live writer!! sooooo much better than using blogger. :)

  12. Chic Runner March 5, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    I love analytics and I'm glad you are understanding it now! :) YAY for blogging, blogging friends and writing about our lives ha ha. Have a great weekend and I'm jealous of your meet up. Say a group prayer for my 20 miler in the morning HAHAHA

  13. teacherwoman March 5, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks girl for all the tools! I will have to look into that windows movie maker!

  14. Lisa March 5, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks for the Live Writer tip.

    I sent you an email…can't make it tomorrow because my daughter has a basketball game :(

    Maybe next time if there is a next time. Have fun.

  15. onelittletrigirl March 5, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I would be lost without GoogleReader! And Lacey had mentioned Live Writer before and now that did too, I think I will have to check it out.

    Oh, and the aron/errand thing…too funny!

  16. Karen March 5, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks for the tip on live writer! I *just* caught on to google reader – one of those things that makes you wonder why it took so long.

  17. Jamie March 5, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Googlers reader is such a Savior! Now I need to figure out analytics :) thanks for the tips!

  18. Ironman By Thirty March 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Ditto on Windows Live Writer, Google Reader, and Google Analytics. I have yet to find better blogging software than Windows Live Writer – it just kicks butt.

    Some of my funny Google Analytics search terms are "batman wetsuit", "electronic motivator", "funny reasons for doing a triathlon" and my favorite "trisuit using the bathroom"

  19. runner26 March 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    very nice post! and thx for the windows live writer–i'll have to check that out!

  20. Tara March 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I need to get on the live writer train so that I can be a more efficient blogger :) Can't wait for tomorrow! Great job on getting your run done even though you weren't feeling it.

  21. ShutUpandRun March 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I'm downloading the program and hoping for the best!

  22. Meg March 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Thanks for the tips, great ideas!

  23. Adrienne March 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    This live writer…. I must check it out!

  24. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal March 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestions!! :)

  25. lawmonkey13 March 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Congrats on the 400th post! I'm going to try out Live Writer also!

  26. runnernic.com March 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    wow i must be living in the blogging drark.. i didnt know there were programs you could download to blog better…. um FAIL! thats why i switched to wordpress…. cuz blogger always messed up!!!

    great medium long run hun!

  27. Amanda March 6, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Wow I'm definitely going to check out Windows Live Writer, it sounds really helpful. Lol at running arons:)

  28. sideofsneakers.com March 6, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    I definitely love Live Writer, but mine seriously always crashes!

  29. k March 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I've been meaning to check out google reader for a long time…I guess I'll have to get on that.
    I'm "a mac" so I can't get on the Live Writer train (I don't think) but I've heard there are some decent Mac based programs out there…I just need to look into them :)

  30. Amanda March 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    It was such a beautiful day today, I would have loved to be running that trail this morning! Hope you ladies had a great time. :)

  31. The Jesse March 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    i recently started using live writer and i love it! i didnt know about the auto hyperlinking, i'm going to have to look into that! AND i LOVE google reader!!! hope you are having a GREAT weekend :)

  32. kristen March 7, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    I just posted using windowws live writer!! So. much. better. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  33. Lisa March 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestion of Windows Live Writer. I posted my last post with it. I think I am going to like it. Sometimes the spacing seems a bit goofy though (it makes the paragraphs an object or something) But I definitely think it will be an improvement over Blogger. The preview feature alone is enough to get me to switch.

    I recently uploaded an app on my Android phone that lets me blog from my phone. It seems to work well. I don't need to blog from my phone often, but it might come in handy.

  34. The Running Knitter March 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    I love Windows Live Writer. I am going to have to look into that google analytics.

  35. lindsay March 8, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Too late for live writer I have a mac now!! :) does sound like something I shouldve used though in the past. I never seem to get fun hits on analytics :-/

    anyway I gotta go run some arons now ;-)

  36. Stuart March 8, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    I love Snagit for screenshots it makes life very easy!

    Live Writer is awesome too!

  37. trialsoftraining March 9, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    I've heard of live-writer but have never looked into it. I use wordpress, which I think (?) is more user-friendly than blogger…but seriously, automatic hyperlinks?! that's AWESOME! ha

    On another note – *obsessed* with Google Reader. I could never keep up with all my blogs any other way. :) LOVE IT

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