Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blogging while in China

I've been asked a few times about how we posted to Blogger from China, since it is Fire-walled.  I think I've posted about this in the past, but maybe did not include the instructions.

I found a simple way to update the blog via email - and its just a setting inside Blogger itself, so its easy!  You can get around the Blogger restrictions by blogging via email.  Your blogger account can be set up to accept an email, and then immediately post it as a new blog.

In the Blogger setup (from the Dashboard), goto:
Settings -> Email &  Mobile

On the "Email & Posting" settings page, there is a section on "Posting Options".  Turn ON  "Publish Posts Immediately", and fill in the Email Address.

Now, anything you email to that email address, will be posted as a blog.

But be careful... cuz if you happen to upload a CUTE picture of your daughter, and your wife is standing in the background getting changed, you can NOT go back to remove that picture!  :-)

There are other options, trying to avoid the China Firewall (remote desktop control, like PCAnyWhere, or, but its more complicated).

The emailing worked great... you just can't do much lay out though.  It is limited to typing some text, you can add pictures as "Attachments" to the Email, and they just kinda show up. 

NOTE:  I'll try to post some screen shots... you know, when I'm not at work.

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