You know what would be a nice idea for a WordPress plugin…
As a blogger, I want to reduce the number of clicks it takes to quote and cite an article so that I can blog more efficiently.
Here’s how it might work:
- I am reading a New York Times article that I want to quote.
- I highlight a section of the text.
- I alt-tab over to my Write Post window
- I hit alt-shift-Q (or whatever) and WordPress shows a little dialog allowing me to choose from among my open browser tabs (extra credit for guessing that I want the one with a block of text selected)
- I type a little preamble, say “Paul Krugman is on form today”
- And WordPress creates a post like this:
Forty years ago, Richard Nixon made a remarkable marketing discovery. By exploiting Americaâ€™s divisions â€” divisions over Vietnam, divisions over cultural change and, above all, racial divisions â€” he was able to reinvent the Republican brand. The party of plutocrats was repackaged as the party of the â€œsilent majority,â€ the regular guys â€” white guys, it went without saying â€” who didnâ€™t like the social changes taking place.