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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Another Blogger Hack

Ok, today what I did was add a "blogroll" to the sidebar. This is a listing of blogs to which I subscribe via Bloglines.

Bloglines is a free, web-based aggregator, which will keep track of all your frequently-read blogs in one handy site. It's better than a bookmark because Bloglines will check for new content automatically. All you have to do is show up and look at your list. Any blogs with new content will have the name in bold, with the number of new posts listed as well.

Also, Bloglines gives you the opportunity to share your list (but you don't have to, and you can even pick which blog links to share and which to keep private.)

There are two ways to share: by adding the list on the sidebar, if you have your own blog, or by giving folks a link, like this: My blog list.

Neat, eh?

Anyway, I once again hacked the template so that the blogroll showed up where I wanted it to. I'm not sure how to get those little green bullets, though. The content is actually coming from Bloglines; it's dynamic, and will change if I add or delete any blogs from my list.

So for that reason, I don't think I can get those bullets, since all Blogger sees is a line in the code that tells it to go to a certain URL on the Bloglines site. Bloglines walked me through creating that shared list -- piece of cake. It was almost all copy and paste.

And one note: the wonderful template I'm using for this blog was created by Dan Cederholm. His blog is Simple bits (see list).

Bloglines will walk you through the whole process of finding blogs and adding them to your own list. Try it!


  • Hi Sabine

    I did the same thing, it's cool but there is a small problem, Jack (http://jackvinson.com/) pointed out to me. He wrote (a comment on my blogpost)-
    "I like that I can do that with Bloglines, but the problematic thing with their blogroll javascript is that search engines and technorati don't see the links. I switched to exporting my OPML file and using MT-Outline to create my blogroll when rebuilding my main index file in Movable Type. This gives me the flexibility of updating the blogroll without having to dive into the index template. I keep the opml blogroll as a template too."

    Great blog - added to my feeddemon and bloglines.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 PM  

  • Hi, Anol.

    You may have noticed, I have your blog in my blogroll. Good stuff there, too.

    Thanks for the advice on the blogroll. I guess at some point, I should think about moving to a more full-figured blog app. I don't think I can do what you did with Blogger. Blogger is great, and easy, but it is limited.

    But the price is right. And cheap thrills are better than none at all!

    By Blogger Sabine, at 5:16 AM  

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