Hands On with Blog It: Not Ready Yet


Wouldn’t it be great if you you could keep all of your social networks up to date with whatever you’re blogging, and what’s more, cross post between blogs?

At least, that’s the theory behind Six Apart’s new Facebook application, Blog It.

Great in theory – but light years to go in practice.
Six Apart\'s Facebook Application Blog ItYesterday, I saw several sites gushing over Blog It. I thought it would definitely be worth a try. I added it to my Facebook from this link and configured it to work with my two Typepad blogs, my main WordPress.org blog and what I think of as my social networks (Twitter, Pownce and Tumbir and of course Facebook).

Writing my post in Blog It reminded me of the early days of blogging: hand-entered HTML, no rich media, no categories, no trackbacks and I hope Firefox’s spellchecking is on. All that – or at least some sort of basic html editing buttons – is coming, according to Six Apart’s intro video.

Unfortunately, the real pain began after I hit the Post button. While my Typepad blogs and my Tumbir site updated faithfully, 30 45 minutes later the little in-progress icons for my WordPress.org, Twitter and Pownce are spinning pointlessly away.

Are these updates lost in some queue at Six Apart, Facebook or somewhere in between? I have no idea, but I won’t try this again for six months or so until the bugs are squashed, basic features such being able to group my real friend networks apart from my public networks is enabled, plus some basic blogging stuff like categories and trackbacks are enabled for the services that can use them. Make that nine months.

In fairness though, Blog It’s Update Status screen worked flawlessly posting my warn-off about Blog It to Facebook, Twitter and Pownce a moment ago – so as they say, your mileage my vary.


David Recordon

As an update, we’ve now increased timeouts around self hosted blogs so that you should see fewer connection errors. We’ve also added support for Markdown so that you can use it to format your posts instead of just HTML.

JTPratt's Blogging Mistakes

That’s an insane amount of things to try to coordinate in one place for posting “all at once”. I’ve tried wordpress plugins to manage all blogs in once place, and the old peformancing firefox extension to blog without logging in and had troubles with those within a day or two. Now I’m just back to manually logging in and posting to each blog one at a time…


David Recordon

I’m sorry you’re having trouble posting to WordPress and it’s something we’re trying to track down. While posting to WordPress is working fine for many people, we are seeing some people running into problems with it.

If you had your WordPress blog set as your “main blog” then Facebook, Twitter, and Pownce wouldn’t have updated until that post was successful. When you’re cross posting, Blog It will cause the social notifications to link to your post on your main blog (or whichever one is listed first).

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