More on the Bloglines feed problem: I notice that some of my course feeds are now updating (though not all yet) and that some other people on the Bloglines forum thread on the issue say the same. Please look at your feeds and let me know whether they seem to be working now.
Category Archives: Syndication
As some of you have already noticed, it seems that when one subscribes to our course weblogs using Bloglines, the links to the blogs do not show notification when new entries are posted (in other words, they don’t appear in bold and there are no numbers in parenthesis to indicate the number of new entries).
I have looked on the support forums both at WordPress and at Bloglines. It seems this is a problem that is affecting many other people (not just us) and, though it affects many WordPress.com weblogs, it also affects weblogs hosted elsewhere. (You can see some of the Bloglines discussion in this support forum thread, if you wish.)
Most of your other Bloglines links should be showing new entries, and it should still be possible to use Bloglines to look at other students’ weblogs. But for now we will use Bloglines primarily for tracking resources other than our course weblogs.
Sorry for the confusion, but complications like this sometimes arise when working with networked technologies. I will continue to monitor this problem and let you know if a solution is found. Please let me know if you have any other difficulties with Bloglines or other tools we are using.
By now you should have successfully set up a Bloglines account and subscribed to the course weblog and your own weblog. If not, please do so right now.
In class today, I will demonstrate:
- A couple of ways to find and subscribe to feeds;
- How to use public feed subscriptions like Jonathan Dube’s and my Bloglines feeds;
- How to make your own public feed.
Your weblog assignment for next week (due 9 February):
- Subscribe to the feeds of students from your section. (Use the links in our blogroll to find them.) In addition, subscribe to at least three feeds of interest to you. Be sure to make your Bloglines feed public.
- In your sidebar, post a link to your Bloglines public account (the list of feeds you subscribed to).
- Write two entries of approximately two or three paragraphs each; the topics are your choice.
I got a good question yesterday as I was introducing Bloglines. It was, “What is a ‘feed’?” Here is a brief answer from the Wikipedia entry on web feeds:
“A web feed is a data format used for serving users frequently updated content. Content distributors syndicate a web feed, thereby allowing users to subscribe to it. Making a collection of web feeds accessible in one spot is known as aggregation.”
We will discuss this more in class.