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Word Warrior Warren Writes On !

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Word Warrior

Warren Writes

On !

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

My “Sam I Am Blog” on Word Press became my first and primary blog site. In the past month, there have been some type of unknown cyber glitches that have made it extremely difficult to post an article on the site.

My solution is to post on the sister site at Blogger, “Samuel Warren The Writer.” The Blogger site at blogspot seems to load more quickly and the embedded editor in Blogger seems more resilient and quicker to accept editing changes, Blogger understands you need photos for stories; Word Press, in my experience, always wants to challenge me over every photo I try to use whetHer I run it as a thumbnail or extra large.

I write my articles in Open Office. Once they are written, edited, spell checked and formatted, I copy and paste to Word Press and Blogger.

I love Word Press’ “Tag” over Blogger’s “Label” function; however, in the battle of blog editors – I give Word Press the desk in the basement because it enjoys being the rebel teenager that questions every thought out decision about writing and layout.

My Word Press site does not like already formatted text, Blogger nods and calls to the electronic copy boy to take the copy to the guys and gals in layout.

Logging on to Word Press has become a nightmare. I set up my account in the United States. Then, my wife, Christy, and I moved to the Republic of the Philippines.

Trying to log on to Word Press from Leyte, is like throwing an empty wine bottle with a note in it in the Pacific Ocean and wondering if it will ever wash ashore on a beach in California.

Logging on to Blogger from Leyte is “No Big Deal.” It takes a couple of minutes, but my bamboo pole satellite signal shooter in the yard seems to know the satellite to shoot the signal to.

My Satellite Signal Shooter — The steel and bamboo pole in the yard contains the Bayan Tel gadget that seems to know which satellite to shoot the signal to to allow me to log on to the Internet and make an easy connection with Google’s Blogger. Unfortunately, trying to log on to Word Press from Leyte is like trying to log on to Atlantis. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

I am a FREE subscriber at both sites, so I am sure the customer service computer “geeks” aren’t going to loose any sleep over my concerns and issues to make things simple and keep posting easy.

I like Blogger because when it comes to layout it is easy and quick to change the template – their “widgets work.”

Word Press is “too geeky” because the blog platform is on Word Press.com, which has no plugins. To use plugins, you have to go to Word Press.org to download and install the plugins. I have never been able to get a Word Press.org plugin to work on my Word Press.com blog site.

I have gone to the Word Press layout section and tried their widgets – some times they work on my blog; some times they do not. I have even copied code for widgets and followed the instructions from Word Press.com, Word Press.org and the site with the gadget and I usually end up with garbled code copy on the main page that does nothing other than look ugly and out of place.

I believe I am a smart human. I did not go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but, you should not have to be an “MIT graduate” to post copy and photos to your Word Press blog.

The day-to-day hassles of trying to post to Word Press has convinced me to make my “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog my primary publication, while her sister blog the “Sam I Am Blog” remains on comatose life support in Word Press cyberspace.

All Things Considered, in the immediate future, I will keeping checking my “Sam I Am Blog” for comments because I love to hear from cyber surfers and my readers. My literary hospital visits will be to check for comments because until Word Press transplants a working blog system or initiates the birth of a reliable, easy, fun, system it makes no sense to endure the frustrating pain and suffering of geekitis just to post an article and photos to a daily blog.

Thus, for the immediate future, “Samuel Warren The Writer” will become my “Hot Off The Presses ! Page One !” blog.

My “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog is at http://www.samuelwarrenthewriter.blogspot.com/

Ramon

 

“Welcome Aboard, my literary Starship Of Life. You will not always agree with my articles and photos, but I should always give

you something to think about. If you are up for the challenge, then, please take a seat.

“Ramon, maximum warp. Cyberspace, here we come!”

Sam

What Blog Editor Application Do You Use ?

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By Samuel E. Warren Jr.

In the good old days, you put pencil or pen to paper and wrote down your thoughts. Alas, it seems the days of Louisa Mae Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ernest “Papa” Hemingway are past.

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To write you still put pen to paper, but writing for books, magazines, newspapers or the local church newsletter has evolved to electronic writing.  Publication, in 2012, is often electronic.Writers and bloggers rely on their Blog Editor application to “get them in print.”  The big question is “Do you like using your Blog Editor application ?”  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Unlike Thomas Wolfe, it is doubtful any editor would puzzle over your handwritten pages in the apple crate and then try to organize them in sequence for book publication.

Blog Editor applications can be as frustrating as trying to take a hammer and chisel and pound the characters into rock.

I’m a writer.

I like to write.

I don’t want to have to try and guess if my computer and the application is going to place the words on the electronic page. The early days of Desktop Publishing should also be past.

I did my years of typing up headlines on photographic film to have them cut and pasted to large galley sheets for weekly newspaper publication. I survived the whiz wheel calculations era to determine if the picture would fit in the space on the page. My pica pole is no longer needed to determine the length and width of columns of type on the printed page.

But, I am still a writer, who loves to write.

I love to post articles to my blog.

Unfortunately, blog editor applications are not always as advertised. In the early days of desktop publishing, working with Ventura Publisher and Aldus PageMaker on the floppy disks, I had to endure the learning curve and divide my time between learning and actually writing newspaper stories. Even then, the magic letters were WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get..

Today, in 2012, Blog Editor applications are like politicians’ promises, “What You See Is What You Get ?”

When I play with a computer; I play with a computer. When I get all geeky about an application or piece of software – then I get all geeky.

 

BLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672But, when I go into my Mark Twain or Stephen King mode – I’m ready to write. When I’m write to do My Great American Novel and go for My Pulitzer – I don’t want to worry that my blog editor application is an Artificially Intelligent Entity that has decided it has determined the best layout for my words.

Therefore, is there any reader or blogger who has a blogging application that allows you to write without getting a doctorate in the latest fad computer language ?

I want an application that installed knows my computer setup and network setup.

Some programs tell you to talk to your Internet Service Provider, which is like commercials that tell you talk to your doctor. How many people really get to sit down and talk to their doctor about a pill they might want to buy ? How many people are really going to call up their ISP and ask them for information like server addresses and geeky technical stuff ?

I want a program that installed has default picture and layout options that are pleasing to the eye and if you make a change then the application understands it ?

I don’t care if the application’s language is Pearl, Ruby,Suzie Q or Mandarin Chinese.

I want a blog editor application that has a quick learning curve. You install it and it works.

Some programs have all these server questions, FTP questions, email client questions of POP or whatever. If I wanted to be a Systems Administrator for a business network, then, I would go back to school for it.

Your blog editor application should not have to be an electronic diplomat that has to present its’ credentials to every device on the Internet and get an Act Of Congress blessing just to be able to electronically publish.

Diplomacy is for the Real World. Cross platform compatibility of blog editors should be like sunshine as in global and unrestricted. Think about it. The sun doesn’t care about “No Fly Zones” and the ocean doesn’t give two raindrops about “Territorial Waters.” A few things in life are still universal.BLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672

I have used Post2Blog, which I loved as a blog editor. Then, I upgraded my Firefox and my Post2Blog quit working.

I installed Chrysanth Web Story. But, a box came up with a series of geek questions that took longer to fill out than a US Passport Application. Exit program.

My initial examination of Blog Desk and Bleezer also activated the instant geek boxes that wanted me to fill out all the data. Exit Program.

I have tried Deepest Sender, but the version I tried did not offer many blog services to post to and my super duper version of Firefox is apparently too sophisticated. Exit Program.

I have used the Word Press editor, but it doesn’t seem user friendly to me and it does not always post to my Word Press blog the way I expected.

For now, I use Windows Live Writer 2011, which I like. It seems to be fairly smart for a computer program. It has many geeky plug ins that allow you to do a lot of geeky stuff.

My biggest glitch is some times it seems the program adds more spaces between the lines than I had intended.

I’m an old newspaperman, so I like “the creative use of white space,” but when the white space seems like the program is adding a half page or a page between one paragraph and the next, then, I think, “wasted space.”

Blog Editors do not always seem to understand pictures. You have to grab the box and drag. Or you click Large and it seems like the program is counting picas andBLOG EDITOR PHOTO_9672 pixels like a coupon shopper at the supermarket. I click Large I want a Texas response,”Head’em up ad move ’em out.” Some programs you click Large and you get the April 15 IRS response – two more pixels here and two more pixels there

Blog Editors seem to think cutlines or captions under pictures are the illegitimate children of text and photos. Some programs want to automatically default back to the body text and with the word wrap it seems that the program can’t decide if the caption text is a leper or a suicide bomber because the program can’t decide how close the text should be to the picture, especially, beneath photos.

Is there a blogger or writer anywhere on the planet that has a blog editor application that really does do What You See Is What You Get ? If you do have a useable blog editor that you like, please, send me an email at samuelwarren55@gmail.com with the name of the program.

Thank You Sam.

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