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May 22, 2003

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John Gordon ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:17 AM:

You've got me stumped. So far, all I can figure out is that they all have vowels in their names.

Chad Orzel ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:18 AM:

None of us have ever been in your kitchen?

Chris Bertram ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:25 AM:

They don't have an XML/RSS/RDF feed.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:28 AM:

Bingo.

Glen ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:48 AM:

Not quite.

They don't have an XML/RSS/RDF feed AND they're all worth reading. There's plenty of blog (or blog-like pages) that don't have a feed.

Scott Martens ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:56 AM:

Okay, so I'll ask the dumb question: Is there some way for me to coax Blogger into offering such a feed? Or do I have to wait for the wife to do it in the new custom implementation (which will take forever, assuming she ever finishes writing it.)

Chad Orzel ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 09:05 AM:

Blogger Pro does offer an RSS feed (version 0.91 only). If you click "settings" from the edit page, there's an "RSS" tab that lets you set it up.

I do have a feed set up on my blog, but the link isn't incredibly prominent-- it's between "Index of Physics Posts" and "The Library of Babel" near the top of the links bar. I can't swear that it actually works correctly, but it is there...

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 09:17 AM:

As I hinted in the subsequent post, this comment section would welcome information about how webloggers not using Movable Type or Blogger Pro can set up their own syndication. It must be possible, since it's demonstrably done.

Patrick Berry ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 10:24 AM:

http://www.thismodernworld.com/index.xml

I cheated though. I knew that file would be there once they switched to Movable Type.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 10:42 AM:

Thank you, Patrick Berry!

I must have missed noting that Tom Tomorrow had switched to MT. You're quite right; if a site uses Movable Type, they'll generally have a feed at {URL}/index.xml or {URL}/index.rdf whether or not they show a link to it on their front page. It's perfectly possible to disable this, but users who are technical enough to know how to do so tend not to want to.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 10:44 AM:

Oh, and aside to Chad Orzel: At least two of the bloggers on that list have been in my kitchen.

Patrick Berry ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 11:36 AM:

I noticed that a lot of them are on blogspot as well. This is nice for them since it's free. Blogspot tries to sell ads or let people "sponsor" a weblog to get the ads removed. Perhaps they should have a "sponsor RSS feed" instead since people have pretty much learned how to deal with banner ads at this point ;-)

Kate Nepveu ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 01:44 PM:

Indeed, Chad has an RSS feed because you told him, very forcefully, at Boskone that he needed one...

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 04:00 PM:

Oh, and aside to Chad Orzel: At least two of the bloggers on that list have been in my kitchen.

Avram and Charlie?

MKK

William Blaze ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 04:04 PM:

The Blogger Pro RSS feeds rarely work... Lets hope Google sets them straight soon

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 04:12 PM:

Mary Kay, Charlie Stross has never been in my kitchen. Although he's welcome for dinner any time.

The one you're looking for is Avedon, who has been in the kitchen of at least a half-dozen different PNH residences...

SKBubba ::: (view all by) ::: May 31, 2003, 11:39 AM:

Hey, I just noticed this yesterday. I'm flattered to be included in such a distinguished list.

I'd seen this RSS and XML stuff but being an old mainframe programmer who can barely type valid HTML I didn't know what it was for. I also noticed that Blogmatrix thing. So I did some checking around this morning, slapped together a little code, and now have an XML feed at

http://www.southknoxbubba.net/skblog/index.xml

Thanks for the motivation.

xian ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 12:18 AM:

non-Pro Blogger users can kluge together an RSS feed using... uh, rssify, i think it's called. let me check that. (Command-T to open new tab, Google, enter rssify, ok... http://www.voidstar.com/rssify.php, but i see that it's now unsupported). OK, they can use http://logicerror.com/blogifyYourPage or http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/services/rssify/rssify.php to make their RSS feed.

bingo ::: (view all by) ::: September 26, 2003, 07:20 AM:

rssify yes it is called like that by some.