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Sparkpod Debuts Easy-To-Use Blog Tool 
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Sparkpod's 100% web-based blogging service requires no software, no web hosting, and can be set up in 5 minutes, 100% no coding.
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Sparkpod Debuts Easy-To-Use Blog Tool  
"Sparkpod was developed because we saw the beauty that blogging brings to the world. People everywhere can now share themselves to a huge audience, and learn from themselves and from others. Sparkpod makes the entire process even easier, and let's people focus on expressing themselves, rather than learning web programming or computer terms."  
Scott Lopatin
Sparkpod. Founder 
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Web logs, or "blogs" are web sites where the creators (bloggers) frequently post writings about anything. The process is known as "blogging", and the most recent posts appear first at the top, so the blog reads like a chronological journal. Friends and colleagues can be alerted to new log posts — somewhat like your own personal news channel web site.

What is Sparkpod?
Sparkpod is a service that allows you to easily create and maintain your own blog. You can share with friends, family, colleagues, or have it be a private journal that only you can read. Sparkpod's service makes creating and editing your blog easier than ever.

Sparkpod blogs have several automated features built into every account such as:

1. Inline editing- write your posts in the same visual  environment as the front end
2. Automatic archiving
3. Commenting system lets your readers provide feedback
4. Add images or links to posts
5. Several beautiful templates with a variety of color schemes
6. Friend announce list - automatically let your friends know you've updated your site with a quick email
7. Post links to other sites of interest
8. Auto RSS feed for syndication
9. Page counter

The technology behind blogs are now becoming easier and easier to use. In the past, you would have needed to have your own web server or known web programming to have your own blog, but now, online tools that makes this extremely easy are starting to appear. One of the newest tools, Sparkpod (http://www.sparkpod.com/), is unique in that you actually write your content in the same visual environment as the page your readers read, a blogging first.

You can customize your page with a color scheme and design, and Sparkpod takes care of the rest, such as automatically archiving older posts. Readers can also send you feedback through a commenting feature on your page, which can spark discussion. The real benefit is being able to post from any computer with world wide web access, from anywhere in the world.

"Sparkpod was developed because we saw the beauty that blogging brings to the world. People everywhere can now share themselves to a huge audience, and learn from themselves and from others. Sparkpod makes the entire process even easier, and let's people focus on expressing themselves, rather than learning web programming or computer terms," notes Scott Lopatin, founder of Sparkpod.

"The name was created to be organically derived, from growth, from people, and from nature. The interaction and comments between writers and posters provide support, knowledge, guidance, and true positivity. This is what Sparkpod really is about."

The service was developed using Macintosh technology, according to Scott Lopatin -- Sparkpod was programmed using Apple's own WebObjects software, designed using Macs and is hosted on Apple Xserves. Sparkpod is available to anyone with web access on any computer anywhere in the world.

Users can sign up for a free 60 day trial; after that, it's US$24.99 per year. http://www.sparkpod.com/
 
 




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