Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jet Lag, Blog Redesign and Internet Access

Last night I stayed up till 6a this morning (midnight EST). Slept till noon today. Still on US time.

I used the time to redesign the blog and catching up with posts.

My original plan was to use Twitter, Facebook and Blogger separately with an actual website as a portal to each of the three and then I would experiment with each of the social networking tools.

Blogger is normal blogging where you can post extended comments and pictures as well as include "widget" applications to incorporate other features such as weather.

Twitter is micro-blogging which only allows short "tweets" of 140 characters or less and are useful for live status updates. (e.g. "Going to park now" or "Going to Eiffel Tower")

Facebook is more social networking but I was having a hard time figuring out how to use it. I created a "business" page but never did any more.

It didn't take long for me to realize that this plan unworkable and that it was best to center everything around the blog and simply use a Twitter widget to show my twitter comments in a side column.

I dumped Facebook as unworkable for now for a project like this.

I pointed the domain name of the website -- http://www.11weeksinparis.com/ -- to the blog (11weeksinparis.blogspot.com) so now everything focuses on one site, with little "tweets" thrown in.

The problem I am having is that I expected to have pretty much unlimited wi-fi or internet access throughout Paris and that hasn't happened (yet), which makes it impossible for me to provide the kind of live updates I had planned.

I am still working on it though.

Without unlimited internet access, Twitter is pretty much useless and my live GPS feed at the bottom of the page doesn't work so good either as it depends on my iPhone having a constant connection to the internet.

I am largely stuck with making blog posts back in the apartment, which is where the GPS always shows me located even though I am not always here.

Bummer.

Well, first order of business is to try to re-sync my body clock with Paris and not the US. It is only 6:46p EST but almost 1a here so I'm going to bed.

Tomorrow I am going to solve my internet problems I hope.

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