change in feed and other blog bits

I’ve just added a Feedburner feed for my blog. It would be great if you’d be willing to switch which feed you’re subscribed to but if not, that’s cool. I’m doing this for two reasons. The obvious is having something resembling statistics for my own curiosity. The other is that i’m hoping that if folks primarily use Feedburner, i might get a reduction in bandwidth from readers grabbing the feed.

Although i’ve been using for a long time, i mostly use it for myself. I decided to create a special tag of things that are relevant to others: 4blog. I’ve added to the sidebar of my blog. I’m not mixing my feed in with my regular blog feed because i just think that’s rude. So, if you want to subscribe to that separately, here’s my feed.

While i’m on the topic of my blog, does anyone have a good chunk of Javascript that might reduce the archive clutter over there on the left? Ideally, i could just list years and then you could click to open up the months per year. Except maybe the current year which would show all of the months. I keep procrastinating taking care of this so i thought i’d see if someone else has done it already.

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6 thoughts on “change in feed and other blog bits

  1. Sam Ruby

    Why not simply redirect your feeds? You get bandwidth reduction and stats, and your readers have to do nothing:

    If you are playing with your feed anyway, consider updating to the Atom template provided with MT 3.2 as it supports Atom 1.0.

    If you are willing to make small changes to your template (addition of class, id, and style attributes), the javascript task would be a lot easier. I’d be willing to take a stab at it.

  2. epc

    Suggestion: replace the <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS” href=”” /> in the <head> section of your page templates with:

    <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”Feedburner feed for apophenia” href=”” />

    and remove the <link> elements which refer to your atom and RSS feeds.

    If you can, add redirects for the index.rdf, index.xml and atom.xml to the feedburner feed.

    For the archive lists, one thing you could do is put them in a select list within a form, with something like an ‘onchange=”window.location.href = this.options[s.selectedIndex].value”‘ on the <select> element.

  3. eszter

    Why do you think it’s rude to include feeds in blogs? Or am I misunderstanding what you meant? I think it’s a really helpful feature, I like to see that on other people’s blogs (and my impression is that my readers appreciate it as well).

  4. zephoria

    I think that you should make a feed available on your blog but not include it in the feed. I have a couple of reasons for which this bugs me immensely:

    #1: I read feeds offline or in situations in which i don’t want to follow links. I read links in situations where i’m looking to surf.

    #2: Blogs often have a flow, a pattern, a common voice. The links that people collect often do not. Some do connect but rarely do people just include one tag. I don’t want the two mixed in, especially when i’m going to a blog to read their personal views on things or when i’m going to a professional blog to keep up with that. I don’t want to see the former’s collection of marketing pieces and i don’t want to see the latter’s homebuying notes.

    #3: Including links in your feed updates things constantly and signal that you have many more entries to read than you do. When i see those numbers, i flip out and i don’t read any blogs. This is that overload problem that folks talk about with blogs.

    Together, the three have made me get very irritated with people who combine this so i’ve stopped reading any of them. I won’t subscribe to folks who put their feed in their regular feed but i do read some people’s feeds or just a few tags.

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