John Edwards’s candidacy interests me – I think he’s right on a lot of the issues and has a good opportunity to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination. I’ve been subscribed to some of the feeds his site’s producing for a while, and the other day I took a look at their efforts to involve bloggers and to encourage folks to blog.
The site makes on-site blogs available for interested bloggers; simply sign up for an and they’ll provide you with a blog or “Diary” within their community. Sensible enough, as far as it goes. I also came across this information regarding starting your own blog on their “For Blogger’s” page” regarding ways to start you own blog :
Perhaps you are already a blogger on the John Edwards Blog. Maybe you already have your own diary on our site. That’s fantastic. But we encourage you to do more. You should start your own independent blog.Check it out; it’s easy and free.
Here’s what you do (remember – it’s all free):
- Go to a free blogging site. A few examples: www.blogger.com, www.typepad.com, www.wordpress.org, and follow the given instructions. It only takes a few minutes. Again, it is easy and free.
I think it’s great that they’re encouraging folks to start their own blogs and put their own voice on the web, out from under the umbrella of the John Edwards site. But right away I noticed some errors and misleading info there, so I sent them an email:
I noticed a few things that could bear a little attention on the site with respect to growing a blogging community. On the for bloggers (http://blog.johnedwards.com/bloggers) page there is an error and an “opportunity for improvement”
- Contrary to the claim that “it’s all free,” TypePad accounts are not free. The lowest cost plan is $4.95/month. Not a lot of money, I agree. But not free.
- While the WordPress.org blogging software is technically free, it requires a hosting account to host the software so that the blog is available on the web. Again, the lowest commonly available cost for hosting that I’ve seen is $4.95/month. Alternately, a WordPress.com blog is free, and requires nothing but to sign up.-- Yours; ...
The next day I got a response from David Pierucci:
Hi Cori, Thanks for writing in and thanks for the info. We are working on adding message boards to the chapter pages. Please feel free to write back with any questions or ideas that you may have. Thanks for your time. David
Nice enough, I suppose, but woefully inadequate. In fact, I get the feeling that not only do they not care that the information’s inaccurate or misleading, but that David doesn’t even understand what’s at issue. Several days later neither of those bits have been corrected. Not an outstanding way to attract bloggers to your cause, if you ask me; I had better hopes for Edwards’s “netroots” organization than that.
I have no desire to argue with somebody who might not even be wearing pants.
Pretty rich from somebody who might not be wearing pants himself.
Dave Winer’s added Technorati search to the sidebar of Scripting News. This is a nice feature, but one that I’d like to see even more would be for Dave to put a small Technorati bubble () by the permalink icon for each post that would allow a Technorati Search based on the url for that particular post. That would be as close as you could get to implementing trackbacks on Scripting News without actually hosting trackbacks. Like so:
See elliptical for details. Please comment here or there with problems, concerns, or comments.
He‘s getting the same message that I am, but doesn’t have xmlrpc logging turned on, so we can’t verify that he’s having the same precise problem that I am, so I still don’t know for sure that the problem I think I see in my log is caused by the interaction between OPML Editor and WP or whether it’s something on my server. Anyone who’s got xmlrpc logging tuned on (or can turn it on) willing to give it a whirl?
Next step is for me to make OPML Editor skip over some of the whitespace handling that it does to see if something in there is causing the munging.
See my conversation with Dave starting here.
When I step through the code I get what appears to be a valid xmlrpc method call over http, but my xmlrpc log file looks munged. If there’s anyone around who uses a WordPress 1.5+ blog and the OPML Editor and woud be willing to try a post, I’m interested to see if you have the same problems or if the issue is on my server.
I tried Dave’s wordPress.root tool or the OPML Editor to create a new post at elliptical this evening, and it seems as though the inplementation of the MetaWeblog API in OPML Editor is different than that in Flock, because Flock’s blogging tool works just fine while the OPML Editor’s tool won’t authenticate me to xmlrpc.php.
Here’s what the log file records from Flock (actual post data removed for clarity):
2005-11-10 19:38:50 Input: <?xml version=”1.0″?>
and here’s what’s recorded from OPML Editor:
2005-11-24 00:28:55 Input: <?xml version=”1.0″?>^M
<value><struct>^M <member>^M <name>description</name>^M <value>^Mwhat’s the log say?</value>^M </member>^M <member>^M <name>title</name>^M <value>test for kinrowan.net</value>^M </member>^M </struct></value>^M
Among the oddities are the presence of the “^M” strings at the end of each line.
Also strange is that OPML Editor is able to communicate just fine with WordPress.com blogs, and so is Flock.
Here’s the error message I get:
Nevertheless the wordPress.root tool is really cool – being able to use the OPML Editor to post here is boon enough!