Showing posts with label Blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blogging. Show all posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Firing up a blog post with the browser based ScribeFire blogging tool

What's on my PC - ScribeFire – A Browser Based Blogging Editor


After many hours of research and trying all of the advice and procedures out there, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 would not install. I actually could write an article just on that topic. I finally came to the realization that Microsoft Live Writer is now Microsoft Dead Writer and figured, “if Microsoft was serious about keeping Microsoft Live Writer alive, they would not require us to jump through hoops just to install it on a new operating system”.  At this point, I started to look around for another blogging editor and discovered that there are quite a few out there; but, what caught my attention is that most of these editors have not been updated in several years. Is this a sign that blogging is going to the wayside???

What I did come across, that I believe is going work for me, is a blogging editor that is actually a browser extension, called ScribeFire. As a matter of fact, this article is my first using ScribeFire. I like the idea that I can draft an article in my browser and that the extension is available for different browsing platforms (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari browser). In my case I use Google Chrome; therefore, I installed ScribeFire from the Chrome Web Store. The initial setup was very, very easy (and fast). After entering my login credentials for WordPress my recent posts, categories, tags, etc.…; all fell into place.


With ScribeFire you can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. From what I can see so far, everything I need to draft and post a blog article is there. You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize. You can upload images. You can edit visually, or you can use HTML or Markdown. You can post to multiple blogs at once. My biggest obstacle, right now is learning to navigate around.

If you decide you want to save your article as a draft, simply click on “Save Progress”; then go to WordPress to put on the final touches using the WordPress editor OR if you want, click on “Publish Post” and the post will be immediately published.


While I love my Windows Live Writer (I'm using it to write this) I am worried about its future and it's really starting to show its age. There's hope that it has a future, but at this point it's a hope only... (A New [WLW] Hope... This is the blogging app you've been looking for... Well, we can only hope ;)

ScribeFire looks pretty interesting and looks like a nice temp stand-in. There's no add-ins, which for me is one of the killer WLW features, but it's quick, free (ad supported), fast, web/browser based and seemed to work well (I used it to quickly edit a post and in that case, it was faster and easier than WLW ;)


While we all hope WLW has a future, until we hear there is, it's time to keep our eyes open for a replacement... :(

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

"Become a Social Developer" Yes, you! Learn how to become a mini-Scott Hanselman (well...)


In this feature-length production, Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery offer suggestions and advice on how you can get out there, and get involved. Blogging, Twitter, Github, StackOverflow, User Groups and Conferences: all of this can make you a happier, more productive developer and inspire you to take your career to the next level.

You certainly don't have to be social to be better at writing code - but sharpening your skills this way helps you when it comes time for a job interview, a yearly review where a promotion is on the line, or when you want to start running an Open Source project.


What will you learn?

For this production we sought out the people who are very active and well known in the social arena:


We put an immense amount of work into this production and I really think you'll enjoy it. You can watch this video FREE at Pluralsight, and if you like, enjoy our another productions like "The Art of Speaking." ...

Additional Free Reading

If you're interested in learning more about how to give technical presentations, check out some of Scott's blog posts on these topics over the years.


You've seen him present, and if you haven't you're missing out on a great presenter, you've read his blog, listened to his podcasts, now he's going to help you become your own little social juggernaut...

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Free your mind... from worrying about paying for some great images ... IM Free

Andy Sowards - IM Free – Your Supply of Dazzling Free Images

"Earlier this week, I was combing through all sorts of microstock agencies, searching for authentic photos to use in my everyday design projects. It’s never easy, because most stock photos are bland, and those that really caught my eye look very familiar. No wonder they do, I’ve spotted them in countless other places on the web. You’ve probably found yourself in the same predicament many times by now, and spent too much on low quality stock photos. You’ll never have to do that again.

IMCreator is a widely acclaimed site building platform that helps both amateurs and professional designers build excellent websites. This ingenious online software has recently launched a service that overruns the way we used to acquire commercial images. It curates loads of exquisite photographs taken from Flickr. Each of these items belongs to real photographers, who entrust you with their works for free.

IM Free is a miscellaneous body of collections stacked with royalty-free photos, and it’s immediately accessible. You don’t have to create an account or impart any kind of personal information before getting your hands on those treats. The only thing that is expected of you is that you give credit to the authors each time you use one of their items, which is an essential step, because it’s the only way to maintain this costless model.


As a side note, IM Free is a fast-growing collection of free designer resources that will also be integrated into the website builder’s page editor before long. In other words, IMCreator users gain firsthand access to the finest source of free photos, and no longer have to waste their time searching online markets for top-grade imagery.


IM Free



This looks like an awesome resource for some great images...

Monday, November 25, 2013

No If's here.. Jason Haley Web Appifys his Interesting Finds blog as SPA at

Jason Haley - The New IFReader (

Last month, some of my project work slowed down – so I took the time to redesign and rewrite a useful single page application for reading the Interesting Finds blog entries.

The new site design is now out at (I have also started moving my other sites to the same style … the blog site is next). has been around for awhile, but only provided the ability to see a daily or weekly listing.  The new app, allows you to filter and load more items of any of the sections that you want.  This is something I often want to do – just browse some links for a particular subject instead of all links for only a single day.

The new style uses bootstrap3, so it looks decent on a mobile device too.  I purchased a template from – which I first learned about from one of Shawn Wildermuth’s PluralSight videos (big thanks to him for mentioning it).  Saved me a ton of time.

The Views Count is incremented whenever someone clicks on the link (and yes if you click it multiple times I currently still increment each time).  The view count functionality has been there since the beginning – though now it is tied together using a custom knockout binding.




I think it's a shame that Jason isn't a MVP yet. But maybe with his new SPA push, he can make to Web MVP'dom... And if not, we'll at least be able to follow him along on his journey.

In this case he's doing what I've always suggested to anyone who wants to learn a new dev area, technique, thing. Build around something you are personally interested in. And given how long Jason's been blogging, well...


Related Past Post XRef:
Jason's Spa (err... I mean, Jason Haley's new SPA, Single Page Application, Resource page)

A Feed You Should Read #1 – Jason Haley’s Interesting Finds
You're reading Jason Haley's link blog... right?
Jason Haley - Human Feed Aggregator Extrodinare

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eight tips for the Windows Live Writer Power Blogger...

Jon Galloway - 8 Windows Live Writer tips

Windows Live Writer really is an amazing application. It does one job really, really well. I've been using it on several blogs including this one (running on Community Server, Herding Code podcast (running on Wordpress). I've also used it to manage content in a variety of ways, including posting content to "hidden" blogs which were really content repositories for consumer facing sites.

Scott Hansleman's post last week (Download Windows Live Writer 2012) reminded me that I've been meaning to post some of my favorite tips I've picked up along the way.

1. Change Editor Font Size with a Simple CSS Edit

2. Sync Your Drafts With SkyDrive

3. Export Your Settings as a Reg File

4. Look Up Your Blog Password Using the WLW API

5. Enable HTML5 Features

6. Use (And Write) Plug-Ins

7. Post Drafts To Your Blog

8. Installers


Some awesome tips from Jon on using our favorite Blogging tool...


Related Past Post XRef:
One way to avoid Windows Live Writer "Temporary Post" spam - Use Scott Lovegrove's WLWBackup
Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

Scott's "Type what I mean and not what I type" (aka AutoReplace/Correct) Windows Live Writer Plugin is back...
Cool Windows Live Writer Tip of the [whatever] - Changing the location where your drafts and recent posts are stored with one click...

A story about the web tech used to get a nonprofit up, running, online and all free

Get a little more Live... QFE Windows Live Essentials 2011 update released

Love Windows Live Writer? Wish it did more? Then write a plugin… and here’s some tips for doing just that… (with even some VB in there for flavor :)
Writing Windows Live Writer Plugins, or want too? Then Scott has written an article just for you!
Guide to Writing a Windows Live Writer Plugin in C#

Snag Rick's updated SnagIt Windows Live Writer plugin

Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify URL Shortner Setting Utility OR How to tweak the URL Shortner used by the Twitter Notify plugin without edit your registry
Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and Yep, here’s how…
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter
Scott, Mr Windows Live Writer Plugin, has released the source to his Insert Video Plugin

Thursday, August 08, 2013

10 Years... My blogging is now in the double digits! (wow)

Thanks, thanks and more thanks. It's your comments and support that help me keep going. And it's not easy. Ask any compulsive blogger or  feed reading addict, a good percentage of our day is devoted to our news gathering, scanning and blogging. And we don't do it for the big bucks, that's for sure. We do it at first for ourselves, but later because of you and your support. A person can only yell into the wind so long on their own...

So thank you (I think... LOL ;)

BTW, it's you and your support that has helped me expand to beyond this little blog and into a number of other blogs and podcasts too.

Check out these other opportunities you've all helped me become part of;

One last thank you and let's see about another 10! (That kind of hurts even thinking about that...)


Related Past Post XRef:
Nine years just flew by... Today is my Ninth Blog-aversary!
Seventh Blog-aversary!
Six years just seemed to fly by… It’s my Sixth Year Blog-aversary!
Five Year Blog-aversary, and 500K+ Visit Milestone
Four Year Blog-aversary
Three Year Blog-aversary...
Two Years and Counting...

Three million thank you's!
A million [visits] in review...
Two million... visits... Thank you!
My own countdown (well count-up) to watch... Hitting two "million..." visits this week
“One Million…” visits… Thanks!

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Sponsor - Infragistics

Just a quick note to thank and welcome my new blog sponsor, Infragistics. We're starting off with a banner (see it there on the right?)...


... and then who knows.

Why Infragistics? I've been a fan of their products for about a billion years (since using Sheridan VBX's... yeah, see, told you, a billion years). Plus you know I blog about there stuff every so often. So when Josh from Infragistics reached out to me it, well, it seemed like a no-brainer.

That said, I'm, of course, going to keep my ad's from Developer Media. I've been with Developer Media for a few years and really like them, their service and revenue return. Best of all is that through them I've been offered a number of additional opportunities. For example, in the very near future I'll be doing my first hardware review (hint: Haswell is swell! :)

Anyway, please join me in welcoming Infragistics. They were cool before, but now, well, cool++!

(No, they did not pay for, or even request, this post, I'm just doing it because I was excited and wanted to give them a shout-out ... ;)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

[Bucket List item checked off] I'm the DZone Featured MVP of the week!


How cool is that? I'm the Featured MVP of the Week! Thank you DZone and thanks to the DZone curators who have been picking up my stuff recently (Does that make them Curators++? :P ) Here's more info about the DZone MVP program.

Man, I really need to update that picture... lol

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Nine years just flew by... Today is my Ninth Blog-aversary!

Nine years ago today I started this blog (yeah, wow). I won't make this a long post, I just wanted to say it's all your fault! It's your comments, feedback and support that has been my blogging rocket fuel and has been keeping me going all this time. :)

All kidding aside, thank you all and let's see about another nine years! (OMG, kill me now... just kidding... :)


Just for fun, here's my way back snap, using an old HTTrack grab, of what the blog looked like then.




Related Past Post XRef:
Seventh Blog-aversary!
Six years just seemed to fly by… It’s my Sixth Year Blog-aversary!
Five Year Blog-aversary, and 500K+ Visit Milestone
Four Year Blog-aversary
Three Year Blog-aversary...
Two Years and Counting...

Three million thank you's!
A million [visits] in review...
Two million... visits... Thank you!
My own countdown (well count-up) to watch... Hitting two "million..." visits this week
“One Million…” visits… Thanks!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Three million thank you's!

Just a quick note to say thank you.

There are fewer things more fulfilling for a blogger than to know their stuff is being read and maybe making a little difference in the world... Why the sudden thank you? Just a bit ago we, you and I, hit 3,000,000 page views (and 4+ million visits)!


I'm not going to belabor this point or become a gushy on you... I just wanted to say, thank you.

Related Past Post XRef:
A million [visits] in review...
Two million... visits... Thank you!
My own countdown (well count-up) to watch... Hitting two "million..." visits this week
“One Million…” visits… Thanks!
Five Year Blog-aversary, and 500K+ Visit Milestone

Monday, March 12, 2012

Curators Unite! "The Curator's Guide to the Galaxy" (think "Common curation scheme and code")

The Atlantic - The Curator's Guide to the Galaxy

"How do you avoid being a jerk on the Internet? (Beyond, you know, all the obvious ways?) When you post someone's words or images on your blog or your Facebook feed, what's the best way to make clear that it's someone else's words or images? When you pass along an idea on Twitter, how do you show your followers that you're sharing, rather than creating? How do you maximize the generosity ... and minimize the jerkery?

If you're not entirely sure, you're not alone. Linking -- in the narrow sense and the broader one -- is not as simple as it seems. The Internet is still incredibly young, and it's grown up organically. Because of those two things, its users haven't yet come together to determine a fully standardized system for attribution. We're making it up as we go along. Which leads to a lot of experimentation (the hat-tip and the via and the RT and the MT!) ... and to a lot of confusion. On the web, the line between sharing and stealing -- between being a helpful conduit of information and being, on the other hand, a jerk -- can be frighteningly thin.

That could be changing, though. This weekend, Maria Popova (whom you may know as an Atlantic contributor, or as the author of Brainpickings, and either way as one of the web's foremost experts on the art of curation) is launching The Curator's Code, a system -- and, she hopes, a movement -- to "honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web." The new project offers both a code of ethics and a common standard for borrowing and sharing. It aims to provide a framework for celebrating curation by way of formalizing it -- or, as Popova describes it, of "keeping the whimsical rabbit hole of the Internet open by honoring discovery."

The code is based on two basic types of attribution, Popova explains, each indicated by a special unicode character (along the lines of ™ for "trademark" and © for "copyright"):


Why attribute?

One of the most magical things about the Internet is that it's a whimsical rabbit hole of discovery – we start somewhere familiar and click our way to a wonderland of curiosity and fascination we never knew existed. What makes this contagion of semi-serendipity possible is an intricate ecosystem of "link love" – a via-chain of attribution that allows us to discover new sources through those we already know and trust.

A system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery

While we have systems in place for literary citation, image attribution, and scientific reference, we don't yet have a system that codifies the attribution of discovery in curation as a currency of the information economy, a system that treats discovery as the creative labor that it is.

This is what The Curator's Code is – a system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, the celebrated norm. It's an effort to make the rabbit hole open, fair, and ever-alluring.




Given I seem to have fallen into a curators role, I've been thinking for a while about writing up a "Curators Code of Conduit" so I want to take a close look at this...

The cool thing I guess is that I've been doing this, the "via" attribution, since I started blogging [looks like I started using it in 2004] as I'm a firm believer in giving people their due, attributing them and their work. Not sure I'm going to go with the whole symbol/unicode thing, but maybe... :)

(via Jason Haley - Interesting Finds: March 12, 2012)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bloggers don't let bloggers blog until they've written 20+ posts... "Why You Should Write 20 Posts Before You Launch Your Blog"

Problogger - Why You Should Write 20 Posts Before You Launch Your Blog

"This guest post is by Aman Basanti of

If you have not yet started a blog, stop. Write 20 to 30 posts before you launch.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but this strategy may just be the thing to help you succeed as a blogger.

It stops you from quitting

Here is the number one reason most bloggers fail: they lose the will to continue.

Anyone who has ever started a blog will tell you that it is downright demoralizing to start a blog. When no one visits your blog, no one accepts your guest posts, and advertising proves too expensive to make a viable traffic generation strategy, you feel lost and destroyed.


It helps you build and maintain momentum on your blog

Guest posting is one of the most powerful ways to build your blog. It allows you to get your name on established blogs, and gives you a taste of what it would be like to have a popular blog—not to mention attracting high-converting traffic to your own blog.


It helps you get paying gigs

Finally, posting on your blog and writing guest posts for other blogs may even bring you paying gigs.

When someone is paying you good money to write posts, you need to able to deliver high quality content under tight deadlines. This means you need a lot of practise before you start. Writing 20 or 30 posts helps you build your writing ability.


I know, I know... two days, two Blogging posts! It's like I'm a blogger or something! LOL


I thought this great advice. Too many blogs come and go and when they go the blogger seems to feel guilty about it. Well this advice lets you test your blogging gene to see if you have it in you before you even start. It lets you "fail early" but in a good way... :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Charles Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival"

Problogger - Charles Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival

"This guest post is by Tom Treanor of the Business Blogging Telesummit.

Blog readers have a myriad of reading options for almost every topic you can think of. In fact, within your niche, potential customers may be enjoying blog posts written by your competitors while they ignore your blog like the plague.

So what do you do about this dire situation? Do you hire ghost writers to create more content? Do you promote your content more via social media? Do you get better at SEO so you can attract more search traffic?

Well. These may work to a degree. You may see some minor bumps with more Tweeting, Facebooking and catching more long tail keywords in Google. But, it’s a long and slow process if you’re using these brute-force tactics.

There has to be a better way. And there is.

Like Darwin’s finches, which evolved different beak sizes over the generations to better suit their differing environmental conditions and to survive, your blog has to become better suited for your audience’s needs over time. You need to develop more “evolved” blogging strategies that are more effective at differentiating your blog and attracting and keeping the readers that you target.

You don’t want your blog to end up on the wrong end of Natural Selection, do you?

Here are 12 ways for your blog to survive and thrive.



Some interesting ideas and rules... Funny how your POV impacts your thoughts on these. If you're looking to be a professional blogger, these might have more meaning than if you're just using your blog as a full text searchable remote, because your brain is getting full, memory store... :P

But no matter why you blog, it doesn't hurt to check these out. Seems silly to invest your time in your blog if you don't want it to "succeed" and all that.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Snag Rick's updated SnagIt Windows Live Writer plugin

Rick Strahl's Web Log - SnagIt Live Writer Plug-in Updated

"Ah, I love SnagIt from TechSmith and I use the heck out of it almost every day. So no surprise that I've decided some time ago to integrate SnagIt into a few applications that require screen shots extensively. It's been a while since I've posted an update to my small SnagIt Windows Live Writer plug-in. There have been a few nagging issues that have crept up with recent changes in the way SnagIt handles captures in recent versions and they have been addressed in this update of SnagIt.

Personally I love SnagIt and use it extensively mostly for blogging, but also for writing documentation and articles etc. While there are many other (and also free) tools out there to do basic screen captures, SnagIt continues to be the most convenient tool for me with its nice built in capture and effects editor that makes creating professional looking captures childishly simple. And maybe even more importantly: SnagIt has a COM interface that can be automated and makes it super easy to embed into other applications. I've built plugins for SnagIt as well as for one of my company's own tools, Html Help Builder.

If you use the Windows Live Writer offline WebLog Editor to write blog posts and have a copy of SnagIt it's probably worth your while to check this out if you haven't already.

In case you haven't, this plugin integrates SnagIt with Live Writer so you can easily capture and edit content and embed it into a post. Captures are shown in the SnagIt Preview editor where you can edit the image and apply image markup or effects, before selecting Finish (or Cancel). The final image can then be pasted directly into your Live Writer post



I'm a somewhat recent SnagIt convert, using it every day, throughout the day. Also I'm a heavy WLW user (No! Yes! Really! ;) and also have an interest in WLW Plugins (having written a couple myself that I use every day too). So needless to say I think this is cool.

And the coolest thing? Rick released his source too...

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

It’s going to be quite around here for a bit…

Just a quick heads up that it’s that time of year again, time to take a some days off, relax, regroup and reset. In short, its vacation time.

We’re heading back to Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island. If there’s anyone there who’d like to meet up, drop me a line (my contact info is on the main page, top left,“Connect…”) and we’ll see if we can connect (I doubt it, but can’t hurt to try! ;)

Posts will be very few and far between for a bit (If not my wife will kill me… lol).

See you when we get back…

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Channel 9 Wiki Markup and Query Param Quick Reference

This is just a quick write-up for the current wiki markup supported in Channel 9 posts, as well as the supported Channel 9 Silverlight video query param's.

This is a much a means so I can find this in the future as anything. If it helps other Channel 9'er's too, well that's cool too!  :) The credit for this information goes to Clint Rutkas and Duncan Mackenzie, I'm just the OCD guy that felt a need to write it up... lol

Channel 9 Wiki Markup


Description The code markup will apply source code formatting rules, such as coloring, scrolling, etc, to a given selection.
Markup [code]
Attributes lang|language
Sets the layout/formatting language.


Channel 9 Post Editor
Notes a) Keep an eye on the line breaks. Sometimes the finally rendered html line breaks don't match up with the lines in the edit body. So preview your posts and if needed, add a break (<br>) at the start of any lines that don't seem to break right (i.e. are appended to the preceding line).
You can see this behavior in the above VB example (note the "Dim FullPath..." and "workPath ..." lines. To fix this, I'd add a break at the start of those two lines and it would then all layout as expected.

b) If you're using a tool like Windows Live Writer to author your posts, be careful how you paste in your code snips. I've found this it's easier to paste the code into notepad and then copy/paste from there into the actual post. This strips all formatting, etc. (which the Paste Special, remove formatting doesn't seem to for me).

Video (Channel 9)

Description Embeds a Channel 9 video, with player, into the post
Markup [c9]
Attributes videourl
Sets the video to be embedded. Use the given Channel 9 video's main/normal url (i.e. copy from the address bar)
Example [c9 videourl=""]

Channel 9 Post Editor None (that I am aware of)
Notes Be careful when pasting in this tag. I copied it from an email, pasted it into a post and it wouldn't work. The issue was that the "paste" included a good bit of formatting that wasn't easily visible outside the HTML view. Once I made sure I was pasting in very plain text, it worked like a charm.

Video (YouTube)

Description Embeds a YouTube video, with player, into the post
Markup [youtube]
Attributes video
Sets the video to be embedded.
Example [youtube video="nGeKSiCQkPw"]
Channel 9 Post Editor image
Notes Easiest way I've found to use this is to take the video URL from YouTube and paste it into the above dialog. It will parse out the information it needs from that.

Video (Vimeo)

Description Embeds a Vimeo, with player, into the post
Markup [vimeo]
Attributes video
Sets the video to be embedded.
Example [vimeo video="4044623"]
Channel 9 Post Editor None (that I'm aware of)
Notes I've not used this at this time...

Channel 9/Silverlight Media Query Params


Description Indexes into a Channel 9 video at a specific minute/second.
Param time
Value ##m##s
Example #time=11m05s
Channel 9 Post Editor None (that I'm aware of)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Embed Excel spreadsheets and charts into your web pages/posts, not as static tables but as "live" data via Excel Web App

Microsoft Office - Embed an Excel spreadsheet on a web page

"With the Microsoft Excel Web App, you can embed spreadsheets on websites and blogs and make them interactive. Check out the examples on this page to get great ideas for how you can use the Excel Web App




Here's detailed steps on doing it, Embed an Excel workbook on a web page, as well as how you can tweak it, Customize how your Excel workbook is embedded.

What I thought cool is that the embedded sheet is not just a static table, not just html pasted in, but a "live" view. Whereas you can select cells, use filtering, sorting, etc, etc without any plugins!


And what's also cool is that you can do this inside your firewall too... If you have SharePoint 2010 and installed the Web Apps, you can embedded private, inside the firewall, data into your internal communications/emails, pages, etc. Adds a whole news dimension to sharing spreadsheets...

Not sure if this will work for those picking this up via a feed, but below is a copy of a weight chart I've been maintaining for the last few years, embedding the entire sheet (via an iframe) (and yes I'm working on getting that line to go back down... ;)

And here's just the chart;

Monday, April 11, 2011

Micro-monetizing “extra” blog content? Paul presents some real world numbers from his experiment at doing so…

Paul's blog@Wildbunny - Blog micro-transactions – a viable business model?

“If you’re a regular reader, you make have noticed that my technical articles often come with source-code that you can buy if you would like to have a concrete implementation of the ideas I talk about in each article. I’m not sure if this is a new idea or not (probably not) but my decision to try it was based on necessity more than anything else; I’m rapidly running out of money since our game PuzzleShare didn’t take off the way we’d hoped it would (as described here).

The idea

The idea is simple; write a technical blog-post which contains a thorough description of the technique, diagrams, code snippits and working examples directly on the page and then provide the source code for the working examples at a small cost.

I always make sure that the reader has enough information given in the articles that they could implement the techniques described without buying the code, but can save themselves some time if they do – rather like in social games where you can buy more coins instantly instead of slowly earning them!

I think that its very important an article give as much to the reader as possible in terms of value before asking for anything in return; again very like the free-to-play model itself.


I’m always very grateful when other articles reveal actual hard numbers to illustrate business concepts, so now its only fair that I do the same here. …”

As I said in "Physics engines for dummies", I thought Paul’s approach to micro-monetizing his blog post’s “extra” content pretty interesting and bold. I appreciate it even more now that he’s taken the extra step and shared the results of his experiment.


Related Past Post XRef:
"Physics engines for dummies"