Been very distracted by Posterous lately — great little “mini blog” (?) service that’s extremely simple to set up and post to.
What do I love about it?
- Email is the default posting mechanism – I just shoot an email to their posting address and I’m done. Within a few seconds, it’s up and I get a confirmation. Email might not be very 2.0, but hey, I’m a bureaucrat so I’m always near my inbox. With Posterous I don’t have to log in to my blog account or anything. Suddenly, the web form I use for this blog seems cumbersome.
- Automated posting to elsewhere – I can set up my account so that when I shoot something to Posterous, in turn it gets pushed out to my presences elsewhere. It integrates with the usual suspects – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, etc. I especially love how, once I’ve set up these other services, I can selectively pick and choose which of these to autopost to, just by changing the email address used for posting (and the naming convention they’ve chosen for this feature is very intuitive).
- Minimalism – there’s no themes, no widgets, basically no way to change the default layout. Which lets me and my reader focus squarely on the content. (Although I see from the Posterous FAQ that customization and themes are coming soon. Don’t do it, Posterous!)
Anyhow, I’m really enjoying the Posterous experience so far. If you want to check it out, I’m at petersmith.posterous.com.