|OCNA CacheBlogger feed, click to enlarge and view in lightbox|
Most of the other features Twitter users are familiar with are on the right hand sidebar, including the users Avatar and Bio (160 characters), a link to their "Gallery" (all the photos and videos they have uploaded to the site), the users "Mail" from other members (1,000 characters allowed!), number of posts, number of people following, and number of people they follow. There is also a "keyword search" box on the side bar. You may also link to your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages, as well as display your Geocaching.com stats banner, all of which are chosen under "settings" on the top banner, which is explained below in the next paragraph.
|General Settings screen, click to enlarge and view in lightbox|
CacheBlogger.com couldn't be easier to figure out, and if you've spent any amount of time on Twitter, there is almost no learning curve at all, you'll be set up and running within minutes. We wondered how long CacheBlogger.com was in the works, seeing as it was released about nine months after it's sister site, CacheFace.com. Paul replied "The idea for CacheBlogger came not long after I started developing CacheFace.com so I decided to press on with the development and launch of CacheFace first, and then concentrate on developing CacheBlogger. This way, each project got full attention. I wanted to give the global geocaching community a dedicated set of platforms to interact socially where they can share their adventures and love of caching with other geocachers."
From a technical standpoint, Paul informed us that like CacheFace.com, CacheBlogger.com runs on a dedicated server, is secured by 256 bit SSL encryption, and was written by himself in PHP. Also, like CacheFace, you can "share the adventure while you are on the trail as CacheBlogger is fully mobile enabled", said Paul. We at the blog can attest to the fact that the mobile versions of both CacheFace.com and CacheBlogger.com work flawlessly. Paul thought it very important to release them both with fully functional mobile sites. Of course Smartphone apps (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) are in the future for both websites as well, stay tuned.
As mentioned on the about CacheBlogger page the site is free, and always will be. That page, incidentally, is an excellent overview of all the features of the site, we couldn't cover everything in this post. So give CacheBlogger a try! It's only three weeks old, you can say you got in very early on something big! And if you haven't already, consider joining it's almost one year old sister site, CacheFace.com. Thanks to Paul for answering a few questions, and providing the CacheBlogger.com banner.