Confessions of an addict

Dear readers, although you remain anonymous, I now know quite reliably that there are slightly more than two of you. This knowledge makes me insanely happy. Thank you very much for taking the time to glance at my posts every so often.

I’ve added three hopefully useful plugins to my WordPress (best blogging software EVAR) setup:

  1. Almost at the bottom of the right sidebar, you’ll find the section “Friends’ latest blogs”. If you have a blog, it’s probably in my Google Reader (best aggregator EVAR, just try it, you’ll fall in love with it), in which case your latest posts will appear, via Google Reader, on my sidebar. I’ve modified the Google Reader plugin so that it can show an arbitrary feed, not just your Shared Items (see my comments on that post for more information).
  2. Right below that, I’ve added an “RSS Feed” and an “Add to Google Reader” button. If you don’t subscribe to my blog yet, but would like to, simply click on the latter if you’d like to use Google Reader to keep up to date with my postings, or the former if you’d prefer to use some other aggregator. For those of you not using aggregators yet: if you regularly read two or more blogs, it’s definitely worth using a good aggregator. This help text explains what it means to subscribe to a feed. I’ve used the Subscribe Me plugin for this.
  3. You can now also subscribe by email to the comments of a particular posting by clicking the “” checkbox when posting a comment. If anybody else adds new comments to that particular posting, you’ll get notified by email. You can easily unsubscribe at anytime. I’ve used the Subscribe to Comments plugin for this.

I have one more confession: It seems that I’m completely addicted to reading (especially personal) weblogs. At the moment, there are almost 60 that I track, but I’m always open to suggestions. Lemme know in the comments if there are any that I should subscribe to.

Have a great New Year’s party, and a wonderful 2008!

4 Comments

  • Google Reader allows you to put a “clip” on your webpage, showing your shared items. I like to customize that clip, and you can see how here:

    http://mentat.za.net/phd-wiki-web/CustomizeGoogleReaderClip.html

    with the result here:

    http://mentat.za.net

  • I used to have the clip thingy on my sidebar, but I prefer keeping everything neatly packaged in WordPress widgets, hence the Google Reader widget. Also, I was too lazy to customise the clip to suit my theme. This way, when I change themes, I don’t have to futz with the Google Reader stuff again.

    Thanks for the explanatory link in any case!

  • Hey, we’re all addicted to something. (Some of us have an unhealthy addiction to “reality”. ;) ) While it works for you, enjoy… but if it starts interfering with other stuff that is of importance, get out. Or get help. Excuse me, I’m probably just talking to myself here. (Always should follow my own advice before I start dishing out…)

    Nou ja… later!

  • Yes, wordpress and all the plugins is just the best blogging software in the world.
    And believe me, i tried many :)

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