The Republic of T.

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Doing Digests

You may have noticed some funny looking posts that consist of links to other blog posts. Allow me to explain.

I’ve been experimenting with some way of posting regular digests of interesting blog posts I’ve come across, in a way that’s as automated as possible, involves very few extra steps, and doesn’t require any actual writing on my part. My first attempt was to set up a del.icio.us account, post to that, and use its “daily blog post” function. But I didn’t like that I had to switch accounts from my regular del.icio.us account, and that I couldn’t change the title of the post, etc.

So I did some searching, and the closest thing I found was a WordPress plugin called “Postalicious.” It’s not the newest, but it works with the current version of WordPress, and it seems to do the trick. All I have to do is “share” posts in Google Reader, and “Postalicious” checks the feed on an hourly basis, and then posts the next five new links. I need to tweak the settings a bit — change the title of the post, and which content gets included — but it’s a solution for now. (It’s not perfect, I know. in some cases the link is to the RSS feed, instead of the post itself, but I haven’t found a fix that fits the aforementioned criteria.)

So, I guess I’m an aggregator now.

Anyway, the holiday is fast approaching, and I figure people have better things to do than read blog posts. So, I’m giving it a rest until Monday.

Unless I read something interesting. Then you might see more digest posts.

Happy 4th. Be safe.

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