No more deli.cio.us linkblogging from me

I recently noticed, with horror, that most of my posting of late – in fact, the vast majority – has been simply stuff I’ve bookmarked on del.icio.us, pumped across into my blog.

I’ve decided this is not what my blog is for. So, I now just have a nice, unobtrusive feed to the right of this page with items I’ve specifically tagged ‘forblog’. That is, if I find it interesting, and I think other people who read this blog might find it interesting, then it’ll appear. Not otherwise.

I’ve decided the blog’s the place for properly considered, joined-up thinking, not the occasional quick fix.

I know, I know, this is a very weak post but I felt the need to say it. There, I feel better already.

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11 thoughts on “No more deli.cio.us linkblogging from me

  1. Not weak at ALL!

    I’ve been a big fan of the “post-roll”. I’ve used the same special-tag system on Occam since it started. It used to be “Linkage for Thinkage”, but now it’s “Choice Cuts from the Web.”

    A better, more focused way to share, methinks.

  2. OK, this is so weird. Why do I get more reactions to this post about stopping linkblogging, than I do when I post ‘proper’ blog posts? My life already.

  3. Hi Michael,

    You don’t need javascript – this is a WordPress-hosted blog yet contains del.icio.us content (it’s really still called thefriendlyghost.wordpress.com, it just maps onto the brendancooper.com domain but still hosted on WordPress.)

    Two ways to use del.icio.us to pump stuff into your blog:
    1. Go to del.icio.us, click Settings, click daily blog posting, click ‘Add a new thingy’ (yes, really!). Looks complicated at first but there’s some help at the bottom of the page. This will, on a daily basis, post everything you bookmarked onto your blog, under the title ‘Links for [date]’. So, it’s a new post, it appears on your feed, everyone who’s subscribed to your blog’s feed gets it at their end.

    2. Go to del.icio.us – and stop. Take a look at your browser address bar. If you’re running the latest version of IE or Firefox, you’ll see that there’s an RSS icon there. This means you have a feed. In fact, all your tags have feeds. So, if you want a specific tag to appear on your blog – and not absolutely everything – then create a suitable tag. You can see mine at http://del.icio.us/CooperBrendan/forblog – and again, notice that RSS icon. So, now what you do is, take that feed, and pump it into an RSS widget on your blog. Hey presto, alakazam, you’ve got a widget that lists your del.icio.us stuff – no javascript, no whizzery of any kind. This *isn’t* a post so it *won’t* appear as such on your blog, so people won’t get it from your blog’s feed. But they can subscribe to your del.icio.us feed if they like, by clicking the widget’s title. To my mind this is a better arrangement cos it’ll help me focus on decent blog content rather than populating it with weird random links.

    Good luck! Let me know how you get on.

    Oh, and btw, for what it’s worth, I agree that self-hosted WordPress is the way to go but I just haven’t had the gumption to do it yet.

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