As you’ve probably guessed, I’m pretty new to this whole weblog thing (I’m told that it is horribly antiquated to refer to weblogs as “weblogs” :)) and after having made a couple of posts I can already see that I’m probably not using the software in the best way. So, I was wondering if I could appeal for advice from the more experienced?
Specifically, I’m wondering how people actually make posts. At the moment I’m using the online wordpress visual editor (not the HTML one). This is pretty slow (for me) as I compulsively like to preview as I write and this requires two refreshes… Also, due to IE problems I occasionally lose bits of posts. (I know, I should use firefox.) I guess this is really dumb? How do other people edit posts? Offline? Should I write the posts offline purely in a text editor in HTML (which, *gasp*, I’ve somehow managed to avoid learning for 15 years)? Or is there a better solution?
Also, I’m finding the latex support on wordpress.com slightly inconsistent. I’m really sure that my latex expressions are correct but sometimes they mutely refuse to parse. Weird. Somehow other latex intensive wordpress weblogs (eg. Terence Tao and Luca Trevisan) seem not to suffer from this as much as me, which makes me wonder if I’m just doing something dumb.
On the posts: I’m wondering how to prioritise my time. I do intend to post about things other than quantum boolean functions (collaborators and typing speed permitting). Are there any topics you’d like me to discuss? Would you like more open problems, or research ideas, or something else?
On openness: Michael Nielsen asks how open I intend to be (i.e. what does it mean for a theorist to be open!?). To be honest I hadn’t even thought about it! Would you find it interesting if I posted information about the papers I’m reading (zero at the moment! but this’ll change) in some way, eg. del.icio.us? What else might be interesting for me to share?
Finally, after 20+ years of owning non-apple computers I’m about to buy a mac. There is a great post about latex etc. and macs on Dave’s weblog. But I wonder if you have any specific advice about offline weblog editing software for macs? (Assuming that it is worthwhile to edit offline.) Any other advice for doing science on a mac?