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Blogging Platforms


Today’s link is to a Blog post on Blogging platforms. This list of Blogging platforms is well over 100 in length. Some perhaps are not what one would consider when looking for a Blogging platform on which to establish a Blog – such as Facebook, Bebo and even Twitter. But the best choices are there including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Posterous. Have a look and choose well.

http://tentblogger.com/the-ultimate-list-of-blogging-platforms-blog-software-100/

The Fridge


If you’re interested in setting up a group/community/social network, perhaps you might like to check out ‘The Fridge.’ The Fridge is a place where you can set up a free group/community/social network. There are plenty of places these days for setting up a group and/or a social network. You could of course try Google Groups, Grou.ps and/or Yahoo Groups. If you are happy to pay there are other possibilities including Ning. The Fridge is not a site I had even heard of until a few days ago, but it could be worth a look or worth experimenting with for a while.

A member of a Fridge group gets a personal profile, which has a wall similar to Facebook. You can also post a photo for your profile. It really is a very simple social network providing a very basic service. It really seems to be a way of having very basic communication with other members of the group. You can post a picture with a post. So basically it provides a secure and private place for communicating. I guess email really accomplishes the same thing to some degree.

Have a look at:

http://www.frid.ge

The Wilderness Downtown: A Google Chrome Masterpiece


Now this is something special from the Google team of developers. It is called ‘The Wilderness Downtown’ and is a collaboration between Chris Milk, Google and Arcade Fire (Band). It brings together a number of web technologies including HTML 5, Google Maps and Google Street View. It is something to experience and could well be a look to the future of the World Wide Web.

http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Blogging: The Wikipedia Perspective


For another perspective on Blogging, there is a great article at Wikipedia. Towards the bottom of the article are links to further articles on Blogging, including links to other Blogging platforms.

Read the article at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Polldaddy: Set up a Poll or Survey for your Website


If you have a website there are times when you feel the need to set up a poll or a survey to gauge your visitors opinion/s on a certain subject/s. Polldaddy has a number of options for doing this, including a free one.

Check out the options available at:

http://polldaddy.com/

Indian Hawthorns are in Full Bloom


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Another sign that spring is here is that the Indian Hawthorns (Rhaphiolepis indica) are in full bloom and looking spectacular in the Tea Gardens Grange gardens. We have a large number of these plants with some planted in mass plantings and others in hedges.

The Indian Hawthorn is an evergreen shrub that usually grows 2-3m tall x 2m wide. There are several cultivars, with one having completely pink flowers. The flowers are generally followed by a black to blue berry. Flowers appear mainly in spring, though there can be some flowers at other times. There is a slight perfume, but I barely notice it.

Indian Hawthorns can be used as specimen plants, tub plants, hedges, in drifts and in coastal areas (salt tolerant).

Indian Hawthorns are best grown in full sun (though they tolerate semi-shaded positions in hot climates) with reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. They will respond well to regular shaping, including the use of hedging machinery.

Plants can be propagated by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

For more Indian Hawthorn pictures visit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmatthews/sets/72157622203247845/