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Adding my Shared Items from Google Reader as daily blog entries
|| 12/22/2008 || 5:25 pm || Comments Off on Adding my Shared Items from Google Reader as daily blog entries || ||

I’ve found that the number one reason why I don’t post more blog entries is that I’m busy reading other blogs. For the last moth I’ve been working on a means to add these blog entries here, and I’ve finally gone ahead & troubleshooted all the bells & whistles to begin doing this.

First I added a widget from Google that shows my 10 most recent shared items to the sidebar on the right side of the blog. These show up in realtime and link to the various blog entries that I’ve liked. Secondly, I’ve added the Postalicious plugin that subscribes to my Shared Items RSS feed and will aggregate the shared items each day. Then they will automatically be posted in the mornings at 8am under the title “DAILY LINKS.” I’m hoping they’ll become a nice feature for this website that will not require too much extra effort.

One issue that I’ve found to be slightly annoying with this route is that since I am reading the blogs through an RSS reader that is subscribed to blogs that use Feedburner, many of the links that I’ll be posting are not the direct links themselves, but forwarding links. This means that over time these links are likely to degrade more quickly than the actual blog URLs because Feedburner might upgrade their permalink structure rendering these links useless in a couple years. I guess I’ll just have to deal with this issue as times go on, but I’m aware of it and will try to figure out a means to share the direct URLs in the future.



4 Issues with my upgrade to WordPress 2.7
|| 12/21/2008 || 11:35 pm || Comments Off on 4 Issues with my upgrade to WordPress 2.7 || ||

Last week I upgrade to WordPress 2.7 and the week before that I upgraded to 2.6.5 from version 2.3. For this entry, I’ve isolated my four main issues that I’ve came across since upgrading.


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The Blogroll is back
|| 8/24/2008 || 12:44 pm || Comments Off on The Blogroll is back || ||

When I first started this blog I attempted to add my friends and various websites I frequented to the sidebar on the right side of this page. After a certain point it became too cumbersome, so I removed the listing from the sidebar and the links grew dusty hidden in the backend of this website.

Today I found a nice WordPress plugin that allows me to show only specific categories of my links and by exporting and importing my current Google Reader RSS subscriptions, I was able to create a separate page that shows the wide swath of blogs that I am currently reading. Click here to see the listing. You might find some interesting blogs to supplement your information consumption.



Blog Update
|| 6/19/2005 || 11:46 am || Comments Off on Blog Update || ||

So this weekend I decided to reorganize my website and made it more dynamic. The problem was with static versus dynamic pages on website, and for the amount of content I make I was months over due recoding the static gis, design, and video pages. I realized that could add each of my creations as categorized blog entries and after adding 30 or so entries, I’ve finally updated my website sufficiently. I also added a nice plugin that allows me to setup the number of blog entries shown per page. The main reason why I hadn’t done this yet was because there is a flaw in WordPress that limited the number of posts shown in my archives. I didn’t want to restructure everything just to not have my old entries shown. After finding a nice plugin, all is fixed. So check out ALL of my GIS, Design, and Video entries. Services, which isn’t much of a page, and the Photos & Posters are the same static pages, but the links have been updated accordingly. Enjoy :)





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