Thursday, February 28, 2008

Using Your Blog Feed To Index Your Blog

Besides letting your readers view your blog, promptly and regularly yet at their convenience, and letting your readers view the contents of other blogs and web sites while viewing your blog, there's a third use for blog feeds. Let your readers see a digest, or index, of your latest posts.

Look in the sidebar, near the bottom - for the two sections "The Real Blogger Status - Comments", and "The Real Blogger Status - Posts". Those are two Blogger Feed widgets, which display the comments feed, and the posts feed, for this blog, respectively.

Then, look at the very bottom of this blog. There you'll see a digested copy of the latest posts, using a custom feed from FeedDigest.

Compare the Real Blogger Status posts feed in the sidebar, and the equivalent feed at the bottom, and you'll find a few differences. Both FeedBurner and FeedDigest offer a few useful options that help you make a feed of your blog, showing what you like. The Blogger widget has its uses too.

Both the Blogger feed and the FeedDigest feed are displayed as standard page elements. The former is a feed widget, the latter an HTML / JavaScript widget. Both widgets, like any other normal blog component, can be setup and positioned on the blog page using the Page Elements GUI wizard.

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2 comments:

Safiyya Kahan said...

i dont get this... i did the whole text thing above blog posts but how do i get it to be like a website? like when someone puts in your blog URL they come to a static page where the welcome message links straight through to your blog... is this possible?

Chuck said...

Safiyya,

If you have the text thing above blog posts, now you have 2 things to do:
1. Get the text thing to show up only when the home page is displayed.
2. Set home page to show 0 posts.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/05/make-static-home-page.html