4 things I wish WordPress could do for me

There have been several cool features added to WordPress. These include the ‘related article’ and ‘just write’ feature, the ability to send drafts to people and much more. I particularly enjoy my WordPress app. It’s very cool as it enables me type posts on-the-go as well as taking pictures with my iPhone that can be uploaded immediately. Asking for more is perhaps too much to ask but I want more. There are a few things that could UP this technology and frankly, I think it’s not too much to ask for WordPress to:

ONE. Add a feature that allows me to nominate other bloggers’ posts for ‘freshly pressed’. Don’t get me started about the randomness of the current selection process. The Apple website for instance allows users to mark answers/posts as ‘helpful’ or ‘correct’. A similar thing could work here.

On Apple's website, users identify useful posts

How the posts are scored

TWO. Link building is a big plus on the web. So just as I can hyperlink to one of my previous posts with the list provided, I should also see posts that I have ‘liked’ and be able to link back to those too. This feature will make link building seamless and thus easier to do. At the moment, I have to copy and paste links into the window below.

Dear WordPress, I want to see posts I've 'liked' in this window.

THREE. Importing Word documents seems like a no-brainer but I can’t do it on WordPress. Yes, I can copy and paste (Honestly, I’m surprised no one has invented something that replaces cut/copy-paste) but it would be neater to just import the file. Also, I seem to lose all my formatting i.e. paragraphs and fonts when I paste from Word or Pages. Am I missing a trick? I would like to import directly without losing my format.

FOUR. This brings me to my beloved WordPress app. Although I can create a post on my phone, it would be even more impressive if I could export (or send) it as an email such that I can further edit it when I’m in front of a PC. Posts I create on my phone cannot be seen when I logon my desktop because these are saved as ‘local’ posts.

My blogging experience so far has been amazing. I just want more. Always.

Yours sincerely,

The Task Mistress

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How Steve Jobs lived before he died

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I knew Steve Jobs was sick but I didn’t expect him to go so quickly after leaving Apple. Everyone knows he was Apple. I don’t know if he has an apprentice who shared his passion, to help the firm continue to produce disruptive technologies. I certainly hope so. I feel much closer to my iPhone today. I bought a fanciful cover for it (more about that later) and I keep looking at it, relishing what I have of Steve.

I was still down and out when I read this article about him on wired.com. I felt a sense of relief when I read about his life and his words. I will take this away with me:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,”
Jobs said. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results
of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to
follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you
truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

He certainly knew how to live before he died. If I learn anything today, let it be this.

R.I.P Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Another Apple a day is just too many

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There’s a whole bunch of them now, isn’t there? There’s the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac and I guarantee there’ll be more where that came from. I started out with the iPod (I LOVE music but more on that in another post) and now I’m sucked in. I have the lot (except the iMac) but I have finally come to my senses. I need to get rid of one of them and I have nominated my iPhone (sniff, sniff). Don’t get me wrong. I do like the iPhone but I prefer blackberries. I like the iPhone because:

  1. It’s amazing to look at; eye candy.
  2. I love the way I can scroll through documents in Word or PDF and it’s like reading it on a desktop
  3. There are thousands of fancy phone cases for it
  4. The very cool apps can be irresistible
  5. Sometimes, the iPhone google map is more accurate than my Sat Nav

I’m sure there’s more awesome things about the iPhone that my tech-savvy friends may care to point out. But the iPhone also really annoys me because:

  1. It’s a phone for goodness sake. So why do I have to sync it with iTunes?
  2. The apps store is gonna lead me to bankruptcy if I continue to keep 3 or more app-hungry devices around the house
  3. I have to PAY for an app to chat with my blackberry friends (and my husband uses a BB)
  4. If I wait for the charge to go completely, it can take hours for the phone to resurrect (while on charge). It actually DIES and then has to be resuscitated. Or is my iPhone just faulty?
  5. And the most infuriating thing? It’s awkward enough that I have to touch the screen so much but when I write a text or email, I touch and touch but I can’t get the cursor in the right place! I have had to delete whole sentences just to correct a typo…. Blamey! This is a real irritation because I’m a big texter. I’m told that if I leave my finger on the spot long enough, I can edit the word. I say, ‘Bring back the BACK button!’

So that’s it. I’m leaning towards a blackberry. At least, I can text like mad and hopefully curb the apps store habit before I go bankrupt. I still have to ‘feed’ my iPod and iPad so I guess I’ll let you know how it goes.

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