The Ideal Length for All Online Content

Learn the ideal length of Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, Google+ headlines, title tags, paragraphs, and so much more.


The ideal length of a tweet is 100 characters

The ideal length of a Facebook post is less than 40 characters

The ideal length of a Google+ headline is less than 60 characters

The ideal length of a headline is 6 words

The ideal length of a blog post is 7 minutes, 1,600 words

The ideal width of a paragraph is 40-55 characters

The ideal length of an email subject line is 28-39 characters

The ideal length of a presentation is 18 minutes

The ideal length of a title tag is 55 characters

The ideal length of a domain name is 8 characters

the length of everything online


Source: The Ideal Length for All Online Content

Listener’s Poker

Over on his blog, my mate Kent has started a game of listeners poker. He explains it like this:

[It’s like]  Liar’s Poker, but with sound.  Somebody pick something good, and others try to top it.  We’re talking playing, and musicianship.  Not just some studio-created and network-marketed nonsense.  Music.  Reeeeeel music.

Well, I’m game. And seeing as he started with an instrumental I’ll continue that theme, and raise him a Bruce Cockburn

Got some music you think is good?

Prove it!

EverPress – Re-visiting Evernote as blog publishing engine

Back in June last year I wrote about how I was trying to use Evernote as a way of publishing to my WordPress blog.
At that time, I was using a third party plug-in for Word Press called WP-o-matic to autopost entries from Evernote which I got from a RSS feed published from a public Evernote notebook of mine. While it worked at the time, it was all a bit clunky and there was some issues – formatting mostly.
As with most things in the world of technology, it seems if you wait long enough someone will create a solution for what you want.
And so it was with my Evernote/WordPress integration efforts that I received a comment on my June blogpost from someone who has created just what I need in the form of a plug-in for WordPress called EverPress.
EverPress takes the RSS feed from an Evernote Notebook and makes each note a post.
I have been testing the plug-in out and it seems to work, just as it says. In fact, this blog post is written in Evernote and has been imported into my WordPress blog using EverPress.
I’m going to be doing a few more test posts with regards to looking at what it does with formatting, especially of images and hyperlinks. Initial posts show there’s still some manual formatting required if you want to get it looking a specific way.
Meanwhile, thanks to Andrew over at for writing EverPress and leaving me a comment alerting me of it’s existance.
If you’ve got a WordPress blog and are an avid user of Evernote who wants a quick way of getting notes in Evernote pushed out to your blog, give Everpress plug-in a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.
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Munging Evernote as a blog publishing engine

evernote and wordpress

evernote and wordpress

Update: If you are interested in this post, you may also like to read a later one I wrote that uses the wp plugin “Everpress”.

I’ve been, and always am, looking for ways to streamline the process of getting the things I see online or come across on my computer out into the Intertubes – usually through one of my blogs. You know, reduce the amount of steps involved between getting something from my head as idea to a digital object.
The problem is there’s a myriad of things I might want to capture as a blog post, from a myriad of sources and a further myriad of apps.
This is where Evernote excels, at capturing ‘bits’ on the fly from anywhere on your computer.
What I really wanted was something that worked like Evernote but could publish to a blog. I even put that very thought out across Twitter, not really thinking about what I was saying.
Of course, I couldn’t just leave it alone there for some Evernote fairy to come along and create what I wanted, and I got thinking about a way to munge a solution.
The answer came to me in the middle of the following night and was actually simpler than I thought as I’d alread had the majority of the puzzle solved in the process I’ve been using to get my thoughts about things I discover out onto my Lifekludger blog.
The process on Lifekludger is I collect things I see in a delicious account. I save the url to delicious and add as much complete thoughts about what I’m saving as posible in the notes field of delicious. I even try include urls to images and other links I’d want to use in my final blog post. I then make sure it’s tagged with a unique tag I use that flags it as a future blogpost. Then I’m done and move along to whatever I was doing.
Meanwhile, I have on my blog a plugin call wp-o-matic [].
This is a plugin that takes any rss feed and turns each item into an individual blog post. Now, delicious is clever and can spit out a rss feed of just about anything – including a particular tag. So I setup wp-o-matic to grab the rss feed of the  special tag in my delicious account and it automagically creates plog posts in the backend of my blog. I set it so the posts are drafts, then go into my blog backend when I have time and clean up the drafts, format a little, and then publish. Sometimes if there’s a few drafts, I’ll schedule them to release in some time in the future.

So, back to Evernote. You can possibly see where this is leading. The thought I had that night was “oh, I wonder if the publicly publishable part of evernote has rss on it? If so why not feed the rss of that into wp-o-matic“.
Fortunately, the ppl at Evernote did build in the ability to get a rss feed from any notebook you publicly publish. So, I had my rss feed. 
I setup a few captures in Evernote and used a unique tag to mark future items I wanted to become blog posts, setup a search on the tag and set them up as a public notebook.
Then I got the rss feed from the published notebook and plugged it into wp-o-matic on myblog.
And, it didn’t work.
I went away and slept on it again, perplexed, as there was no valid reason for it not working. Then I got the idea to toss the public Evernote generated rss feed into feedburner to clean it up, then plug the feedburner feed into wp-o-matic. And voila! Next I looked there they were, 3 Draft posts of the individualy clipped terms in my blog back end from my Evernote notebook.
So now I have the ability to quickly capture anything I want in Evernote and publish it out to my blog. A little like an offline tumblr. 
For more blog editor type function, some things could be better, like link embedding. And images don’t always go through as intended, especially if there’s multiples – I’ll likely keep using Jing for that when there’s more than a simple one image clip. That way I also know the image gets saved on my server.
I’m still to try it out in angst, but the process is sorted.
Originally I wrote this in Evernote. Capturing screenshots into Evernote and dropping them into this note along with dropping in links too. However apart from the images issue, there was a bigger problem – only a portion of the note written in Evernote was imported by wp-o-matic to my blog post. It was cut at about 400 words. Where that issue stems from I’m not sure at the time of writing. It could be the rss feed, some limit of evernote or some limit in wp-o-matic. I’ll need to test that out more. [Later: I just discovered the problem is Evernote not putting out a complete rss feed]
Anyway, to me the limitations don’t negate the usefulness of this method of using Evernote as a desktop quick blogging tool and I look forward to using my maze of small pieces, loosely joined I now call my new blogging flow tool.
Dave is go


When the Review of the National Innovation System was released last month we thought it was worth talking about on our podcast. So Myself, Mike and Laurel hooked up, to be joined during the show by Kristin.

I had created a aggregated feed around the topic using Yahoo Pipes and pimped it on Twitter and through our blogs. During the podcast we talked about the desire to extend the conversation around the Review. Right there and then we found the domain was available and Laurel snapped it up for us to do something on.

A big focused was on the report being released initially locked down in PDF format. We tossed around the idea of setting up a site and posting each part of the Review in it. Since then it’s now been unlocked and released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. Which is good to see.

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I tossed around ideas of how to make better use of the aggregated pipe feed at the new domain. I contemplated turning every feed article into a blog post at the site, but in a sense that would just be centralising the debate. So I hit on the idea to parse the pipe through something that simpified the pipes layout, bought it under the domain and added ability to promote sharing. A kludged Simplepie implementation was what I stumbled on.

See the results at


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Mark Pesce feed munger

After chasing all the places Mark Pesce chooses to write his missives, a tweet sent by @stilgherrian this morning asking Mark if he had a feed which gathers his writings from all the places it’s thrown spurred me on to creating one.

So this evening I threw together a yahoo pipe of Mark’s feeds.

Get it how you like it here or if you want, the rss here.



Mark posts :

Sanity returns.