Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Testing, One-Two-Three...

Don't mind these last few posts. I'm just testing the new scheduling feature over here.

If you haven't heard of this one yet, it's a feature that allows you to set up a blog post that will remain hidden until a specific date and time of your choice, after which it will presumably appear as your most recent post. Or maybe not; Blogger has been remarkably murky on the subject. I haven't exactly found much assistance in their "Help" area.

So what I'm doing here is the most logically intuitive (how's that for an oxymoron?) setup that I can think of -- I'm just going to set a specific time and date for this post, and see exactly when it's going to show up. If this piece shows up on the blog at precisely 11:59am on July 30, then I'll know that I did something right. If not, then either I've screwed up somewhere, or the Blogger technicians don't know what they're talking about. (That, or they really need to update their Helpfiles.)

Of course, you're probably wondering what use I could possibly have for such a feature. I mean, I normally don't plan my posts straight out -- I usually just sit down, log in, and write about whatever catches my fancy. (The little fiction pieces are probably the only exceptions here, as I usually spend up to three or four sessions writing them.)

There is one thing one this blog that comes out on a regular basis, though -- and those are the monthly disclaimers. As of late, I haven't been posting them on exactly the first day of each month... but if I could do so, then that would make things a little more convenient for me. No longer would I run into flashes of inspiration in the middle of the month, only to discard the idea because the next disclaimer post is quite a ways off.

Of course, this assumes that I could somehow find the time to write posts well in advance. That remains to be seen, I'll admit...

8 comments:

Charo Nuguid said...

I do believe it's high time you get one of those sub-notebook gadgets. :)

Sean said...

Charo: Hey, at least it worked. :)

Now if I could only find a way for Blogger to delete posts well in advance. In that case, I could theoretically write something like "this post will self-destruct in five seconds"... and mean it! Mwahahahahah.

Dominique said...

You can do that using the Blogger API and a simple cron script.

Of course, if you really wanted it to go away even while it was on screen, AJAX is the way to go.

Tibibord said...

made a new blog. it's at tibibord.blogspot.com

Sean said...

Dominique: I must get back into scripting one of these days. So many new toys to play with...

Tibibord: Hey there, Tiborce. Welcome back. One question, though... why not just use your old blogsite? (Or did I miss something here?)

Tibibord said...

No big reason, just wanted that old blog's archive out of sight.

Sean said...

Tibibord: Well, it's your call. "Tibibord" is a cute name, though. :)

Tibibord said...

Haha, thanks. Kids usually can't say "Tito Tiborce" without getting tongue-tied kasi.