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Missing link between home-grown blog system and publication

how to send blog content to someplace like technorati, etc.

10:47 am on May 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think is the best place for this question, but not sure. Apologies if it's not.

I have written a blog system for myself because the ones out there are too feature-heavy for me. I want clean and simple and looking good on the small screen.

Now that it is done, I want to venture into the next step, but don't know how to even describe the step very well. I want to connect the blogs I write to a "system" that keeps track of blogs? I gather this is done with XML, but don't know where to go to learn about how to do it or what the hooks would be from my little system to the XML.

It's written in MySQL and PHP. Any pointers, esp. about docs that talk about what I'm trying to ask about. I apologize for the crummy question, but just don't know what to call this missing link.

Thanks for pointers.


11:25 am on May 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There may be other forums that are better suited to this, but I'm not sure which ones are the best ones.

The metaphor I use is that, just because your stereo manual is written in English, does not mean that an English professor is best suited to answering stereo questions.

This [webmasterworld.com] is one forum that might be helpful, as RSS is commonly used for subscriptions between systems. Also, the people who are good with RSS may also be good with other systems.

Myself, I can't be of much help. One of the first things I do when I set up a blog is turn off all that stuff (I write sites with very specialized audiences, and we aren't big on exchanging information, links and getting high GPRs).

Good luck.

7:16 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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cmarshall --
Thanks for your thoughts. No light bulb has yet gone off on this matter, but I'm certainly learning a lot while trying to get a handle on what to do next. I'm reading the O'Reilly book on RSS and Atom which is interesting and well written, and probably relates more to my next task than to this one (getting a news ticker like CNN's crawler onto a web page in any color and in anyplace I want it) so my time on the book is certainly not wasted.

I figured out that I can manually insert keywords into the index page meta tag each time a new blog might make them worthwhile; eventually that may help with the search engines, but that's not what I'm after.

Thanks again,


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