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Tumblr as E-mail complement to web logging

2008 March 7 by CB · 1 Comment · blogging blogginess, Teachers

Eudora is a great note taking, journal/diary, correspondence, info management, etc. I have the last Windows version (Eudora 7) which also has a built-in X1 file searcher. Eudora doesn’t have the ability to quickly add a reminder, unlike Outlook or other PIMs (personal information managers. Lotus Organizer was also great but no longer published). However, Eudora uses plain text to organize emails which means the messages and the index (metadata) can be read by other programs and easily re-located and backed up on one’s own computer. Eudora will sometime (soon???) be replaced by its collaboration with Mozilla http://wiki.mozilla.org/Penelope (I once tried Thunderbird with this extension but that messed up my Eudora mailboxes.)

and by a user-drive version which should be more like the classic Eudora, Odysseus

A lot of us Eudora users are beginning to lose hope. As one Eudora user put it: “I’d resigned myself to using Eudora until it no longer worked, then throwing myself out a window in despair.”

Eudora, Penelope, Odysseus


WordPress Mulituser (e.g., http://edublogs.org and http://wordpress.com) don’t allow posting by email. I have never gotten BlogMailr to work, as a substitute.

Iron-age chalk Homer Simpson(click image to see original)
I am trying a Tumblr as a way to post to WordPress by E-mail: that is, I often have brief links or “bits and pieces” which need mentioning but not discussing. An example is Briefs 5a, now Tumblrd

//engtech guest blogged at Lorelle’s place about
What is Microblogging or Tumblelogging? Pros and Cons He also has done several greasemonkey scripts and Yahoo Pipes that make this process (sharing information via WordPress Multiuser, i.e., Edublogses) easier. (Internet duct tape to keep your on-line life together.)

Tumblr in its set up directions mentions the ability to microblog by cell phone. In fact, this is the same recipe for microblogging by E-mail. There are some quirks in the processing and display which I mentioned in my first test, Test by email.

Here are some other quirks I’ve noticed.

  • The e-mail “subject” became the “title”
  • The message body is the post
  • A signature can be added by Eudora (all scrunched up. No paragraphs) but it takes a bit of extra coding to have it display reasonably. see example below
  • Not much width allowed
  • blind-copy emails aren’t posted
  • cc or “carbon” copy e-mails are posted
    1. STOP. Before emailing to your Tumblr– Tumblr doesn’t care who sends stuff to your secret Tumblr email address, so don’t broadcast the email address for posting.
  • tags or categories are not added automatically. I borrowed //engtech’s http://engtech.tumblr.com/ idea of using square brackets [bird flu, teachers] as the initial E-mail subject line. Then hope that users will use their browser search function to find the correct posts (or later, you can add tags from within Tumblr’s edit function). The html site search tag doesn’t work, :cry:
  • be sure to remove quotes from your E-mail forwards (strip those weird characters)
  • Eudora automatically detects URLs and hotlinks them. However, this is lost when forwarded into Tumblr. The solution is to select the hotlinked text, click on the make link button, copy the URL, then paste into the e-mail message.
  • Eudora sometimes translates URLs in messages with an angle bracket at either end < >
    Remove these from the E-mail (or space them away from the URL) so Tumblr will hotlink them automatically.
  • It does make a difference if mail is sent “plain” or “styled”. Styled isn’t at Tumblr’s end, but Plain is styled. (Now I’ve solved the problem of why some earlier Tumblrs looked differently from others.)

Here’s how I coded the latest signature in Eudora; check it out here

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  • engtech

    You can probably set up a gmail account to act as a filter for your secret blog posting account so that you can publicly CC it without it giving away your address.

    I’ll write a blog post about how to do it.