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Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004, 12:20 am
handy LJ feature

(Already mentioned this in a comment on my previous entry, which announced the RSS feed, but figure I'll mention it again in its own entry for those who didn't bother to read the comments.)

Turns out you can add my blog's RSS feed to your LJ friends list even without a paid account. Just go here:

http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=derfnet

And add that fake user as a friend. Keen! (Just don't use LJ's commenting system to discuss those posts -- use the commenting system on my site, otherwise I probably won't notice your comments. Of course since within LJ you only see a short snippet of the posts, hopefully no one would think to comment there anyway...)

And on the subject of keen features of LJ, I discovered that I can easily fix both of my big complaints about the layout of the aggregated friends page, merely by customizing the layout it uses. Yay for customizability. So now I can see who a post is written by at the top of the post (instead of it being vertically centered and hence off the page when looking at a long post), and also posts are neatly separated rather than blending into each other when people don't include a title for their entries. Huzzah!

Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
darcydodo

Of course since within LJ you only see a short snippet of the posts, hopefully no one would think to comment there anyway

Only some RSS feeds do that. Do you know what makes the difference?

Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
neilfred

It's just a question of what the software that generates the feed includes in it... I haven't actually read the RSS spec (though I probably should...), I just looked at a couple of other feeds and kind of followed their example. I basically just have three fields for each blog entry: "title", "link", and "description". Some feeds seem to include the full entry in the "description"; I decided to just strip all html and then take the first 40 words. (Except for my phone photos, which include html for a thumbnail of the photo, and then include the full caption, which is generally fewer than 40 words anyway.)

Wed, Aug. 25th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
eviladmin

Your photos are also on a syndicated feed:

http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=neilfredsyn

Which I set up back when you only had that (and I did not realize it was just the photos.)