Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mobile Blogger, Is It Usable?

Is it really possible to write a blog post on an Android phone? Maybe.

The photograph isn't relevant to the topic, but it is on the phone, so I can use it. It appears that Picasa isn't directly accessible. It places the photo after the text even though it was the first thing I did for this post.

The Blogger app shows five formatting buttons: a B for bold; an I for Italic; a link for creating a link that requires selecting text; a camera that opens the phone's camera; and an obvious photo graphic for inserting a photo. I don't see any placement or sizing options.

As far as SEO goes, I can create labels but there's no obvious way to create a description meta tags, nor can I add title or alt text to the photo.

So, before I hit the publish button I'd say it's not fully functional. At least the Blogger app from Google is free, and for a quick post to edit later, or for writing a draft I'd say it is definitely okay but not superior.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Show Is Over, Now What Do I Do?

You've done it. You did a Hangout on Air, you've clicked the bright red "End Broadcast" button, now what?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why You Need To Be On Google+ Now

If you are a food blogger, or for that matter if you are in any sort of business at all, you need to be actively engaged on Google+, and it needs to happen right now. Let me tell you why.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

It's Showtime!

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You decided it's time to do a Hangout on Air (HOA) and created the Event page to publicize it. Now it's the day of the broadcast and you realize you aren't sure exactly what to do. No problem, I've got your back.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What Does "Joining" a Hangout Mean?

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People new to Hangouts and Hangouts on Air (HoA) are often confused about what it means to "join" a Hangout. It's no wonder, since the meaning varies with the context.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Publicize Your Hangout With An Event

Hangout logo
Events are the most useful tool for publicizing your Hangout on Air available on Google+. There are a couple of ways to create Events: you can go to the Events page by clicking the Events button on the left side of the page; or for Community Events you can locate the Events topic and create the Event there. The second method is Best Practice for all Community-linked Events.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Five Can Chili - Live Demo

This is an example of what can be done with Google+ Hangouts on Air. The Event was streamed live here, on Google+, on YouTube, and was also available on Twitter and Facebook. For free. This is just one reason why Google+ is so powerful for food bloggers and anyone who wants to reach an audience.