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Where can you post by E-mail? Well this is the easiest of crossposting methods (especially if you use Blogger). There are lots of plugins for wordpress or movable type that can send out your full post as an e-mail to another address. In most cases you would send this to your own e-mail address so you had it for reference. What about sending it to another site entirely? What if that site could send it to another site? You can see how this chain can work. If you are using Blogger then you can send out your post to ten e-mail addresses. This means that your post can replicate like bunnies. What are some of the sites that can receive e-mail posts? Let’s get into that.
The original Creeva’s World was hosted on Blogger at creeva.blogspot.com. This is where I started writing and I didn’t want to abandon it after migrating over to wordpress. This was the very first site I crossposted to from my wordpress blog. Crossposting allowed me to not abandon my site and any readers that may go to that address, but I could enhance my own experience while keeping theirs the same.
Lifelogger is the “cooler” blogging service, at least that’s what they say. I’m not going to use any blogging platform again that I can’t customize to the fullest extent. WordPress has spoiled me. Though I do maintain a site there.
Evernote is unique unlock some of the rest of these sites, Evernote is a notebook service. It allows you to e-mail in snippets (or use the desktop applications) to send in information that you can then share with your friends. You can e-mail in text notes, audio, or video.
Busy Thumbs is a simple moblog site that accepts posts via e-mail.
Twine is similar to Evernote, but it’s about collections and community. Think of it as sharing what you have with your friends.
Google Groups is a spot that I used to use as an online backup for my blog. I have a private google group that only handles my own blog posts. No you can’t join, not like you would want to.
I’ve just recently start crossposting to an old Yahoo Group that I used to moderate. Mostly this is because I can share my thoughts with my friends that are still in that group, but that group is essentially dead. So this is the only thing that it’s around for to keep me from pulling the complete axe on it.
Multiply is a social network in the same vein as Friendster, Myspace, and Facebook.
Over at Vox I maintain a page to integrate with their community. I’ve posted in the past how vox is a unique community and because of that I receive unique feedback. They refer to their e-mail inbound service as moblogging.
I like to think of all of my blog posts as separate documents. After working on this for awhile, I decided to start e-mailing all of my entries to my google docs account let’s me to search and repurpose documents a little easier then searching through the blog. It’s my dump all account for documents. I am annoyed that I can’t e-mail blog posts to Zoho Writer for redundancy, they only take documents as attachments.
When you are looking for a new site to crosspost to check and see if they have an option where you can post by e-mail. Some sites may refer to this as moblogging. Also remember to e-mail your post to yourself so you have a backup you can control.
Oh, I use the DJ E-Mail Publish plugin to push out posts from WordPress.
In the next part of our crossposting god series we are going to cover Blogger more in depth.
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