I can just link to the [original show's] .mp3 in my blog post. Feedburner should be smart enough to add an enclosure for the .mp3 file and then I can subscribe to my feed within iTunes.
In honor of their 10th anniversary, Opera is giving away free copies of their browser today only. The browser is available for Windows and Mac and it's a $39 value.Filed in: browsers, opera, webtech, software
- Received about 30 more new readers to my feeds
- Sent the message across to others such as TechCrunch, who mentioned my Social Bookmarking list. This then got spread onto Del.icio.us, Populicio.us, Del.icio.us Popular list, furl and all these other bookmarking lists.
- Trackbacks and comments from other websites
- About 600 more unique visitors than my average daily visitors with you and the other sites combined
- And lastly, Paul Scrivens of 9rules Network, has asked me to join his Network.
30 bad ones out of 50 overall – that makes it around 60% spam on Blogspot. Google itself shows there are around 7,500,000 pages hosted on Blogspot. If we extrapolate the number, we might estimate Google is hosting 4 million spam pages. (Of course, this number is by no means in any way precise.)
Even though I expected some amount of spam, I was surprised just how much it is. From the small sample I took it looks like on average, a site hosted at Google’s Blogspot is more likely to contain spam than anything else.
So, is Clusty Blog Search tapping a bunch of unknown engines? Hardly!
You'll find results from several well-known blog engines:
The advanced Clusty Blog Search interface is where I start most of my blog searching.
By clicking on this bookmarklet you get the del.icio.us tag interface populated with the title. You also get a MyWeb entry pop-up window.
I like blog search engine Blogpulse, but their tools are way to wordy (no, they’re not alone in making this error). And it’s not that people don’t read online, it’s that people don’t read tools. (Or the manuals of those tools, in particular if the task at hand is fairly self-explanatory.) So you could say it’s a modal error; instead of writing the shortest possible text to guide the user through the tool, Blogpulse feels talkative. They should have these kind of texts in their blog, but not attached to their tools.Filed in: blogpulse, inbounds, search, blogtech, cosmos
Zookeepers in Xi'an, China are trying to help a 26-year-old chimpanzee quit smoking. According to an AP report, she started smoking 15 years ago by snatching butts left behind by visitors.
The great thing is that because blogging is so global you don’t necessarily have to be a maven of some mega popular topic in order to be successful. Recently I’ve had contact with a number of bloggers that have come to dominate (in a nice way) the tiny niches that they write in and in doing so have become quite prominent.His comments are open for folks to either "name a maven" or to toot their own horn about their special field of maven-ness.
Consumers use RSS reader applications (or one of a growing number of online services) to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one place (RSS content from a publisher, viewed in one of these readers, is often called a "feed"). RSS makes reviewing a large number of sites in a very short time possible. RSS [also] permits instant distribution of content updates to consumers.There are 2 main kinds of feed - atom and RSS. Blogger automatically generates an atom feed for your blog.
Alright. Blogger Hacks: The Series. If we're going to do this then I should make some effort to be systematic & cover topics in a sensible order. Let's imagine you've got a new blogger blog, & a default blogger template, but you haven't messed with the code in the template too much & you'd like your blog to be visually distinctive. A new template may be a big part of the solution.
Blogger offers default templates when you register for a blog, & some of them are pretty cool. You can dress them up pretty well too, by changing the colors of links etc. If you want to move beyond the defaults, though, here's some places to look:
Noipo.org has a selection of templates. Some of these have related images. See “images” below.
Blogskins.com has over 17,000 “blogger main” templates. You have to dig a bit to find a good one.
BloggerTemplates is a blogspot blog of different templates.
Some things to know before you change your template:
Images - Although they'll let you add images to posts, blogger doesn't have a way of handling images for templates. The work-around here is to have web space somewhere else that you can upload the images to, & then modify the <img src="http://myotherwebspace.com/image.jpg"> tag to point to the location of the image. It will slow your template down a bit, but I think it's the only way to keep the images tied to the template.
Updated 5/9/06: You can host your template images on blogger if you upload the image in a draft post, then grab the image URL out of the draft & use it as normal in your template. This is probably quicker than hosting images on an external service, but I haven't tested it...
Existing Modifications – If you've already made some changes to your default template, they won't make the move with you unless you cut & paste. I recommend changing your template while your blog is young, before you've customised your sidebar too much!! I also recommend wrapping features that you add in begin & end comment tags to help you remember what all this stuff does, like this:
<!-- begin statistics --> put sitemeter code here <!--end statistics-->
Posts – If the template you pick is already set up for blogger, & has <blogger></blogger> tags with post formatting information between them, your posts will make the move. I can't guarantee that the template you choose is really blogger ready, so backup your existing template and preview your new template before you save it.
Disclaimer: There may be other things that you should know.
Whichever template you pick, here's how to make the switch:
Log in to Blogger
Click on the “change settings” gear-wheel on the dashboard
Click the “template” tab at the top of the screen.
Select & Cut (ctrl-x) your existing template text. Paste it into word, an e-mail or a text editor so that you have it as a backup.
Paste in the new template text
Click “preview” to see how things will look.
If you like it, click on “save changes”
Republish your entire site
And there's your new, cool, unique “no-one else has it but me, & it didn't cost me a dime” template.
Disclaimer: None of these links are recommendations or endorsements. I haven't tested these templates
Other Resources for template mods:
Noipo.org PDF “How to change your template” - with screen-caps from Blogger.
Good luck changing your template. Remember – backup & preview!!
See other posts in Blogger Hacks: The Series
Book sharing has never been more exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing is a book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its kind.via Birmingham Metroblog
Let's get right down to it. You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share books with the world, and follow their paths forever!
The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...
1. Read a good book (you already know how to do that)
2. Register it, and label the book
3. Release it for someone else to read ...and get notified by email each time someone records journal entries for that book.
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