I love the WordPress interface. I love posting from a web page instead of a rich client. What I don’t love is deciding which blog I am going to write for, logging into that blog, writing posting – and then logging into a different blog. This process alone slows me down enough that I’m put off and do not want to write. There has to be another way – and there is.
Let’s start on my thought process on how I managed to get to what I think is my ultimate posting client.
This started because I was looking at automating tasks that I do repetitively and between multiple computers. I knew there was a few tricks you could with Dropbox so I started there. If you need to sign up with Dropbox you can use my referral link here (we both get extra space this way). I was looking through some interesting things you can do with Dropbox and ran across a post that someone was running a self-contained web server that can be run locally on Dropbox using Xampp. The instructions can be found here.
Now I had a working private mobile web server. I can now setup multiple LAMP stack software on it. I installed two instances of WordPress, MediaWiki, and a couple of others. I then found a plugin for WordPress that allows you to post to other WordPress instances. Using this I can now post to all the other blogs I write for from one interface (I also, having importing posts from all the other sites, have a single database backup of all of my posts). Using Fluency to reskin the user interface makes the formatting better on my netbook for writing. I also can switch to full screen editing mode and it looks like I a in a slimmed down version of Word.
Centralized writing – awesome
Centralized archives – awesome
Synced between multiple computers – awesome