I’ve already bitched about Google’s decision to force Google Reader users into using Google Plus, and the many ways it’s made my life more difficult. Well, I can now chalk up another complaint.
Long ago, I started publishing digest posts to this blog. They were basically collections of links I’d gathered and wanted to share. (Or, as I summarized it, “Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about.”) They were also a way of posting some new content even on days when I didn’t have time to write. It kept the blog from looking utterly dead for days on end.
Well, digest posts are dead. Google killed them.
What was great about the digest posts was that the process was almost completely automated. I’d add stuff to my “Shared Items” in Google Reader. The WordPress plugin I chose for the purpose, would then check the RSS feed of my “Shared Items” on an hourly basis, gather the newest links, and publish the posts in the manner and at the time I selected in the settings.
The work on my part was minimal. Just a couple of keystrokes were all it took per item. Boom. Done. It was so easy, that I could even do it on my iPhone, while walking to or from the Metro, etc., so I could do it anytime, anywhere.
Now? Well, I’m still looking for an alternative that’s as easy. So far, I’ve tried using Google Reader’s “Send To” fuction, but even that requires dealing with a pop-up window and several click — per item, I might add. I’ve looked at WordPress plugins that claim to gather Google Plus posts and publish them as digest posts, but they either conflict with some other plugin (in one case causes an error that made the entire blog disappear, and show as an error message in stead) or come with their own bugs and issues.
I’ll keep looking for an alternative, but it’s gotta meet certain criteria. It’s got to have an easy set-up, and it’s got to be close to seamless. I don’t want to have to think about how to set it up. And I don’t want to have to go back and forth between windows to use it.
It remains to be seen how easy it will be to find anything like that. Until then, digest posts are dead. And on days when I’m to busy to write or post anything, I guess this blog will be a lot more dead too.