Thursday, July 3, 2008


Yesterday I gave a plug for Google Reader, because it has made my blog-reading life easier. Now let me plug ScribeFire, which is a Firefox plug-in that has revolutionized my blog-writing life. No, I am not getting paid for this.

With ScribeFire, a simple post is just four amazingly easy steps: 1. When the inkling takes you to post something, just click the little orange notepad icon or press F8. 2. Give your post a title (remembering to capitalize all words or your brother gets mad). 3. Type stuff in to the body of the post. 4. Click the publish button.

But what if you want to have a little fancier post? Well, since ScribeFire pops up at the bottom of your screen, and the size is adjustable, you can still surf the web and look at websites while blogging. When you come to a page that you want to link to, follow these amazingly easy steps: 1. Make sure that the page you want to link to is visible in your browser. 2. Highlight the text you want to make into a link. 3. click on the link button. 4. ScribeFire automatically populates the URL box with the page you are currently looking at. Verify and click OK. Done.

Want to add an image? Click where you want the image, click the image button, and then either enter the URL for the image from the internet or find it on your computer. The image is imported and you can resize and relocate the image.

Want to add tags to the post? or Technorati links? You can do that, too. Want to be working on multiple posts at once? (right now this is one of six that I'm working on) not a problem. The posts are saved in "tabbed" format so that if you aren't quite done with it, but have another you want to work on, you make a new tab and come back to the old one later.

Changing fonts,

  • making
  • bulleted
  • lists,

bolding or underlining words, correcting misstaykes mistakes, changing font color,

adding long block quotes from another person or an article that you just read and having it separate from the rest of your text so that people can look at it and know that this is something that somebody else said and now you are going to comment on it or ridicule it or praise it,

all of this is not only possible but incredibly easy. Remember, I'm not getting paid for this, even though it sounds like it. I just love this little add-on so much that I can't help but get excited about it. It is the only reason that I was able to put together such a long and involved Change of Shift recently.

So if you are not using Firefox already, why not? And if you are, go to the add-ons page, and get ScribeFire. You'll be glad you did.

Can millions of people be wrong? (okay, so they can, but not with ScribeFire)

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