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I am looking into the possibility of auto-updating blogs. I am a lazy person so the prospect of auto-update sounds like a good idea. More specifically, I am trying to figure out if I can write in one blog (say blogger), and generate a link by Atom (kind of like RSS) then use Atom's auto-generated link to transplant that article into another blog (say Livejournal).

So bascially, I can just write the article once, and have it show up in two blog spheres. From what I have read, Atom and RSS does pretty much the same thing. RSS is more focused on unversial reading while Atom try to do both reading and writing. Blogger has a direct support for Atom link generater so that is the one I will be using. If fact, Blogger has Atom generator turned on by default, so unless you turn it off manually your Blogger website has an Atom Link. Here is mine <http://sushi-delight.blogspot.com/atom.xml>. For RSS to work with Blogger, I need to use an extra program called Feedburner. Like I said before, the less work the better.

This is what people usually do with Atom or RSS. They use it to grab summary or title of your articles and feed it to another site. Google News is bascially a giant feed from various news papers. You don't see the whole news, but you see a title and a few sentences. Normally you would need a program to read RSS, just like you need a Media player to play MP3. There are many "RSS Readers" out there, or if you have Mozilla Firefox, the free browser is already capable of reading RSS and Atom, you don't have to do anything extra. Of course, you can also use Google Desktop and it will let you feed RSS or Atom into it for quick retrival of news and articles. The offical name for these kind of RSS or Atom link reader is called "Aggregator."

I have created a test blog on LiveJournal <http://www.livejournal.com/users/sushi_delight/>, hopefully I can find a way for auto-update to work. If I have to resort of copy and pasting to maintain 2 blogs it is just too much hassle.

Also, if you want to ask why a lazy person would want to figure this out to no appearent benifit in the maintenace of 2 blogs - to that I have no answer except to say it looks like a fun project and I like figuring things out.

The best information I have found so far came from
University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences.
Blogline Blog Aggregator
Javascript Syndication
Syndicate your blog
General Blogging


2 Comments:

At 11/03/2005 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anne said...

Albert. I have not-quite random questions.

Can you design web sites?

Can you design COOL web sites?

Let me know.

~Anne

 
At 11/04/2005 1:53 AM, Blogger Sushi Delight said...

Let me take a second to repress the urge to promise you the world. Phew, okay.

I can design a web site.

I can design a COOL website.

Here are some ways you can have a comic LiveJournal website. See link: http://www.snafu-comics.com/php.php

Here is a free open source php software geared towards comic publication "http://cusp.sourceforge.net/"

Here is the example website they featured running their php script.

http://www.nuklearpower.com/

However, this particular script does require php, mysql, and zend optimizer (i have never heard of zend).

you might have noticed almost all the webcomic sites uses php, it is due to the need for flexiblity and funcionality.

For example take a look at http://www.megatokyo.com/ and go into any link, you will see all the site is powered by php. Same thing with Penny Arcade.

Hopefully your school supports php, which it should.

Having said that, I think with http://www.snafu-comics.com/php.php you can make a pretty website then you can customize it with your own layout, logo, and pictures.

Lastly, having said all that, I want to tell you something you already know. I am great at starting projects, I am not very good at finishing projects. I usually do all the research, geot a theoretical solution to the problem, then I stop .

Lastly, checkout this free web hosting http://www.comicgenesis.com/ they offer unlimited space for people who wants to start webcomic page. Their template is geared towards webcomic, obviously. More specifically, this is the link you want to see http://gear.keenspace.com/cadet/RoadMap.html
to the right there are two promising templates that you are free to use and alter. One looks like this http://www.digitalwar.co.uk/ the other one looks like this http://longestsojourn.keenspace.com/workshop/berries/choc/indextemplate.html

If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

 

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