I've decided to test Backpack with their free service. My hope is that it will help me to be a little more organized in my blogging.
I've made my front home page public to show you a little of what it can do - I've not put anything special on the page so far, but you get the idea.
Of course there are other secret blogging business things lurking behind the scenes in the private areas (insert evil laugh here). Actually the only thing behind the scenes at the moment are a growing list of blog posts that I want to write on ProBlogger in the next few days which I emailed to the list as I thought of them. But I can already think of a number of uses for my BackPack which could assist me in my blogging.
The free version has ads on the public pages and doesn't allow image or file uploads. It also only allows limited numbers of active reminders and pages - but it definitely gives a feel for the program. I'm really impressed by its simplicity, speed, smooth transitions and many potential applications.
A number of features I'd love to see incorporated would include:
SMS alerts to my mobile carrier in Australia (Telstra)
ability to email reminders
ability to respond to ‘reminder' emails from within the email. ie if at the bottom of each email it had a link to 'snooze', ‘delete', ‘edit' etc. It does have one link to a page where all this can be done - but a one click option to delete would be cool (I'm lazy).
public editing of pages (I wouldn't want this on any page - but I'd love to be able to offer a couple of pages to readers of this blog to be able to edit. Even if there was a ‘register' option where the public could apply to be a contributer.
Of course these might be features I've just not yet found.
I'm particularly interested in how others are planning on using BackPack - especially in your blogging. Do you have any initial reactions on it that you'd like share?
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About the Author:
Darren Rowse is the founder of ProBlogger.net, a blog about the many ways of adding an income stream to blogs.
Darren owns and writes a variety of blogs including Digital Photography Blog and Camera Phone
Zone. He is also a co-founder of the Breaking News Blog Collective.
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