This diary is both my first diary and an open question to the community about creating diaries. Always a meta discussion here in tech.
When you are creating a diary, do you consider the input page part of the publishing process, or part of the authoring process? That's somewhat of a philosophical question, the answer to which will help guide design, and here's the practical follow up: do you write your diaries in a desktop editor then paste them in and format them, or do you type them in directly?
Also, how do you feel about html editing of stories? Do you use hand written html that is not available through the buttons below the input box? Do you use the buttons, or just type in the html?
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I should have said that this is my first post as the new vp of tech and product. Consider this post information gathering. Thanks for all the comments. Keep them coming!