This post is going to be as tedious as the post ‘It’s been three years since my last blog post… and I still have nothing to say’ and the post ‘I’m taking a break from blogging…’. This is a post about blogging. A post about Pimping Up my blog.
Since my failure to get OpenID working well with my WordPress installation, I’ve decided to start with something a bit simpler, and then based hopefully upon that success build on upwards. So…
Twitter – I’m still not quite sure what the point of Twitter is, but I’m giving it a go. Adding a Twitter Badge to the sidebar was super easy. I just had to cut and paste some HTML from there into my theme’s sidebar.php. I had to add the ‘Follow me’ link at the bottom.
I can now send an update to my own blog from Twitterific on my Mac desktop, or I can send a text message from my phone. Look see! I can micro-blog about my breakfast.
AddThis – The next mini-project is to make my posts easier to share. The AddThis Button seen just below this post, and every post on this blog, allows the reader to share this post with others through any of the popular link sharing systems. I achieved this by downloading and installing a WordPress plugin provided by AddThis… super easy peasy.
FeedBurner – To make my blog easier to subscribe to I’ve published an RSS through FeedBurner. I enabled two things, a link to ‘subscribe in a reader’, and a form for subscribing by email. Both were provided as snippets of code to be cut and pasted into sidebar.php. I did have to edit them a bit to make them fit style-wise.
The FeedBurner website provides a lot of configuration options – too many I think. It took me a while to work out how to get to the email subscription page. Anyway, I’ve now subscribed to my own feed, so I have one subscriber. Woohoo!
[...To Be Continued...]