Looking for something else, I found this useful little website. I can’t use it for my automatic photo blog because the output is an email (and that takes too long for me), but it seems useful for monitoring websites that don’t have email subscription or RSS.
A nice bit of unofficial user research just thrown into my lap. A few days ago, I created an automatic photo blog to store the pictures from the LightScribe App prototype. I put a few existing pictures on it to test the setup. I was very surprised when it started raining ‘likes’! Hint: go to the bottom of the post and click on the star 🙂
At first it was just nice to feel appreciated, but then I decided to check out which picture had the most likes. And it turned out to be exactly the one I had already chosen to be the basis of my GUI design! So have a look and see if you agree.
Aha. Now I’ve set up a nice little Automator sequence, but it appears that when I remove a picture from that folder, it mails an empty blog post. I really need to insert a bit that stops the actions if there are no files. Luckily I found this great little download that’s aptly called ‘Stop if Input is Empty’
Now my workflow looks like this:
So this is me trying to set up a feature where I can automatically post pictures to my blog. When my LightScribe prototype will be finished, I can use this to keep track of the results made with the prototype.
Step 1: Post by email.
Just a thought: wouldn’t it be nice to create a photo blog when my prototype is finished? That way I would keep track of what is being made, and have a nice overview at the same time. Got the idea from this blog about photoblogging. Check it out!