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December 10, 2003

Herd Feed?

Ok, so how do I set things up so that the recent entries from all Herders shows up on the Wordherder main page in order (most recent posts first)? And nicely styled, too (just need to CSS the RSS?)?

If someone can show me how to do what I imagine is just a RSS feed (?), I'll set up a small redesign of the main wordherders page, which would have the latest entries from everyone...

I'd just like to see the main page function more as a bridge between the blogs rather than just the relatively lame, static portal that it currently is. It would be nice to get the collaborative blog feel (like they have at Crooked Timber, GTA, TerraNova, or Social Software) while still letting everyone run their own blog space.

Also, is there a way for people to choose when to include something in the feed and when not to?

I'd appreciate any and all advice (and if bored Herders want to look around, I'd appreciate it - thanks!).

[and to clarify - this is just a repost of this]

Posted by Jason at December 10, 2003 12:17 PM

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Is there a way to use categories so that we could choose "herders," for example, on a particular entry and it would show up in this space, but otherwise not?

Posted by: George at December 10, 2003 7:17 PM

Oh, and cool idea, btw.

Posted by: George at December 10, 2003 10:35 PM

Thanks - not so far off from a suggestion you made not too long ago, as I recall.

I'm not sure the category would work - plus, if herders don't mind, what I'd like to see is *not* the full post, but rather the first 40-50 words of the post, with a link to the individual blog. That way, readers can scan the main herders page for topics of interest and then go where they wish. I think this is just what a RSS Feed does - just need to read up I suppose.

It would be cool to have a combined "Recent Comments" and "Recent Trackbacks" for all Herder blogs on the main Herder page.

A combined Search isn't too hard - I think I just need to make a few changes. In fact, if you search on any Herd blog now, and then search that term a second time on the search results page that comes up, the search is executed across all Herder blogs.

Posted by: Jason at December 11, 2003 9:48 AM

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Posted by: Jason at December 11, 2003 10:39 AM

I like the idea of using the first 40-50 words rather than entire entries. One of the things I've enjoyed is seeing how others have designed their blogs. I don't yet have the design skills, but most Herders have done something very interesting with their blogs.

I do agree that I'd enjoy seeing a stronger sense of collectivity among the Herders. For example, I enjoyed G's suggestion of a distributed writing project...

Posted by: chuck at December 11, 2003 12:58 PM

Chuck - I totally agree - I like the individuality of each blog and do not want to take away from that ... each Herder would publish as normal, with a small bit showing up on the main Herder page. This lets users get an "at a glance" view of the basic topics across the herd.

I, too, really like the distributed writing project idea. And it would be interesting to see if, once we get this all working, if we could temporarily invite others to join our feed for those kinds of projects. In other words - if we had another bout of recipe sharing, it would be neat to say "Hey, whoever has a recipe - ping this IP" so they all show up as a group (again, just the intro).


Posted by: Jason at December 11, 2003 1:26 PM

I think a good potential model might also be something like the "grid blog" that I participated in (although I don't have any suggestions for a topic off the top of my head).

I found several new & interesting blogs through that activity (which was centrally organized through Ashley Benigno's blog).

Posted by: chuck at December 11, 2003 2:04 PM

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