Every now and then I get questions about what tools I use to blog, twitter, publish and publicize.
Let’s start on what I use to write blog posts: Windows Live Writer.
To share my readings, I use FeedDemon’s and NewsGator’s features for sharing readings and publishing them as an RSS feed.
I started to share my podcast listening through Mevio, but I don’t like the fact that the RSS feed points only to the Mevio site and has no information of the original source.
For publication, I run the feeds through a few services of mine and the publish them through Google FeedBurner.
Google FeedBurner has a few services to power up your feed, track subscriptions and publicize your feeds. You can even publish the feeds with your own domain name. For historical reasons and because FeedBurner doesn’t have an alias feature, I have a few feeds published through FeedBurner.
FeedBurner also has some nice animated images that circle through the last 5 posts and are nice to use um blogs and e-mail signatures.
With the help of Robert Sparnaaij (an Outlook MVP) I was able to use them as e-mail signatures in Outlook 2007. Because Outlook 2007 doesn’t allow you to insert references to images, you need to edit the signature files directly on the disk. To open the Signatures folder, you need to select the Mail Format tab in the Options window (Tools menu) and click on the Signatures button while holding the CTRL key.
And to show off how many followers I have on Twitter, I use TwitterCounter.
Which brings me to my Twitter client of choice: Witty.
Finally, all my URL shortening is done using Cligs.