Wednesday, May 6, 2009

IE friends, you are now saved

Internet Explorer Support BadgeIt took us a while and we cursed many times a long the way. But we finally prevailed, IE you can has access to Listen to Blogs. We hope that we didn't miss too much details but if you see a margin that's off, a mispositioned element or something else not working, please let us know!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Now with video!

We just recorded a screencast of how Listen To Blogs work and put it up on our start page including some smaller tweaks of the UI. Check it out:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New widgets out

We just released a small update of the the site. The main purpose of this release is to provide bloggers with nice looking widgets that they can embed on their blogs to help their fans to realize how easy it is to turn a blog into a podcast. We made them in three different flavors and three different colors. Get one for your blog right away!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Claim your spot on the Top 100

Heavily inspired by Twingly (who are serving all the blog data to us) we thought it would be fun to see how many Top 100 blogs we could get podcasted. Therefore we have compiled a list of these blogs at When you record an episode your name will end up next to the blog, with your avatar and all. So go ahead, record a famous blog and claim your place amongst the Top 100!

And by the way, we totally forgot to tell you last week. You can also embed your recorded podcasts on your own blog. Just click the SHARE button on the player, copy the embed code and paste it on your blog. Easy as 1-2-3!

Monday, February 16, 2009

TechCrunch is live

Ever since me, Eric & David came home from 24hbc our account over at Lighthouse has been filling up with tickets on things that needed to be addressed. We sorted most of them (48 issues) under the milestone TechCrunch aka. v1.0 which we deployed live just a few minutes ago. As well as scaling and stability under the hood we have made quite a few changes to the UI and also added some features. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Comments on podcasts (with notifications)
  • Share your podcasts to Twitter, Bloggy, & Facebook
  • Complete your profile with an avatar, description and more
  • Twingly widget integration
  • Player redesign and overall UI changes
  • Pagination of podcasts
We are very excited about these new features and changes so we hope you'll like it! And of course, if you want to listen to this post, go here or just click play on new widget below!

Image from CN Reviews.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The sky is the limit

Today Google released a new version of Appengine (again) and this time they raised CPU and file limits with 300% and more. This is truly great news for programmers developing applications on the platform. This increases the space for more advanced computation which can create more value for our users. Thank you Google!

Me and David are still in deep code mode trying to complete the Techcrunch milestone. We will hopefully be ready to deploy sometime next week. Hang tight!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

We can has comments!

We just deployed a new version of Listen To Blogs to the live server and we are closing in on our next major milestone also called Techcrunch after, yep, Mr. Arringtons startup gossip corner on the web.

We added a bunch of features today but the biggest one is commenting on posts so go ahead and give the podcasters the love they deserve. Also, check the newest blog just added, Moonhouse!

Next week we will close in on Twitter sharing and embed codes. Until then, listen carefully!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Listen To Blogs ends up at 4:th place in 24hbc competition

Thank you so much for all your votes! We just found out that we ended up at 4:th place of 52 start-ups that were built at 24 Hour Business Camp, a position we are more than happy with.

A big congratulations to the winners YouTv, you kick ass! And so do you ticketz and voicly.

Check the entire list here.

We are back!

We had some unfortunate downtime for the audio today. SoundCloud was moving their infrastructure and therefore all of our audio was down for approx. 12 hours. The good thing is that the streams are now blazing fast and the upload should be too. We are looking forward to hearing your blogs.

And if you haven't voted yet, do so here, this is your last chance.

Monday, January 26, 2009

We need your vote!

If you like Listen to blogs, please vote for us in the 24hbc competition. We need all the votes we can get!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The beginning

We created this service in 24 hours, and we got pretty far. However, we still have a long way to go. That's why I want to tell you a little about our plans for the future of The feedback so far has been really good and we had a lot of fun developing the service and therefore we have decided to keep on building Listen To Blogs and make it the best resource for podcasted blogs on the web. We know that there is a lot of bugs at the moment but we promise to squash them out as quick as our fingers can write the code.

If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback on the site please send us an email at all@...

We plan to release a more stable version in a week and then start implementing the most requested features. For now we would also like to recommend the podcaster Pauspling and her recordings of Carolina Gynning's blog at, it's fantastic. Listen here!

Go record,
David, Henrik & Eric

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The End

It was so hectic the last 12 hours so we totally forgot to blog. But, we finished the site, and it is actually working. Read a summary of the site over at, check a video presentation at CitizenMediaWatch or Swedish channel 4's live coverage.

A big thanks to Ted, Mindpark and all the other people that made this event the best ever.

And please vote for us as your favorite startup here!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Almost half way there

Eric is taking a nap, me & david are designing and coding like crazy. Halftime is in about one hour and we are slowly getting really close to a 0.0.1 alpha version of Listen to blogs. Stay tuned, we will be up aaaall night! And tomorrow at 6:40 we will be on the morning show at TV4 for an interview. Don't miss out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Eric Wahlforss joins the team as UI expert

The secret team memberWe arrived a few hours ago, just had dinner and some relaxing time in the warm baths. Now It's time to present the third and last member of the Listen To Blogs team. Eric Wahlforss! Eric is one of the best interaction designers I know and will help us with making the UI so crisp so everyone can use it. His specialties is jQuery, HTML/CSS. Commence code...

The team is gathered

The half secret team is now gathered in Stockholm and we are slowly getting ready to get on the boat to Yasuragi. Chargers, snacks, 3G modems and a huge portion of enthusiasm is all packed for code and fun.

Follow the backchannels here and here and don't forget the live blog.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tre sponsors the team

The Swedish mobile operator Tre just confirmed that they are sponsoring our team with unlimited Turbo 3G during the 24 hour business camp. Bringing our own internet connection might be essential for us if Yasuragi doesn't hold for the pressure. And my experience from other conferences is not very good. A big thanks to Tre & Erik Hörnfeldt.

Picture by Niklas Jacobsen

Friday, January 9, 2009


We are currently counting the days until we leave shore and head to Hasseludden and 24 hour businesscamp. If you want time to move faster, check the channel on jaiku or the backchannel on onelinr. We will soon publish more on what actually is and what we want to create with the service. For now, read this excerpt from my private blog:
"We will try to build a service that currently goes under the name Listen To Blogs. Listen To Blogs is a place where text gets “talked” into podcasts. It will basically work as place where you can create podcast versions of your favorite blogs and magazines as well as subscribe to other “talkers” and their favorites. The service is very dependent on users and their collective or collaborative effort in translating the actual texts but after looking at sites like I think it might work even though the threshold is a bit high."
Looking forward to two days of code and fun!