Fast WordPress Blog Posts From iPhone with Launch Center Pro

I set up a way to quickly post to WordPress using the post by email feature and a custom action in Launch Center Pro. Includes control over the post’s Category and Status. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading “Fast WordPress Blog Posts From iPhone with Launch Center Pro”


Super-Fast WordPress Blog Posts via E-Mail with TextExpander 4

I was looking for a way to post quick blog posts to WordPress similar to how easy it is to post a Tweet. I love the global “new tweet” in the official Mac app. There’s a lot of stuff I’d probably post on the blog if I didn’t have to go through the process of going to the website and performing the New Post Ritual.

I’ve actually been wanting to post a lot more to the blog as opposed to ephemeral social media outlets as of late—tweets aren’t Google-able, and get lost in the never-ending Timeline. Facebook is even worse. I like the idea of fleshing out a thought, and having it accessible to the search engines. I feel like I’ve thrown away a lot of good ideas in a tweet that really should have been blog posts. But setting up a blog post can sometimes be a pain, even as easy as WordPress makes it.

At first, I thought I might be able to link it to Evernote or by emailing an Evernote note and using WordPress’ “post by email” function. But Evernote adds weird formatting to the text and extra HTML borders—it’s a big mess. I was poking around on the post by email page on the WordPress help and discovered all the shortcode options you can add to the email body to control things like the Category and the Published/Draft status of the emailed post, when it hit me: TextExpander 4.

TextExpander 4 introduced some super-cool new features, my fave being the fill-in snippets with multi-line fields and pop-up menus. Turns out these are perfect for posting via email. Let me show you how I did it…

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OS X: Global Keyboard Shortcut To Open A New Finder Window

I’ve often wanted to be able to open a new Finder window on my Mac using a global keyboard shortcut. Turns out someone else has as well, and the full instructions can be found here: OSX: Setting a global shortcut key to open a new Finder window. The method uses Automator and AppleScript, both of which ship with OS X and the walkthrough requires very little knowledge of either app.

Be sure to read the comments to make sure you set things up correctly, as the instructions on the post are slightly incorrect.


Global OS X keyboard shortcut to open a new email message