Webcomics I read

… when I am not too busy on the learning spiral

Preface

  • I have been reflecting on my past use of delicious (by searching my other blog)
  • In one post I mentioned experimenting with delicious as a startpage (apparently not a great idea, and despite my “mmf” I am now using igoogle);
  • At the bottom of that post, one of the three pretty “You might also like” sourced by the lovely widget LinkWithin mentioned a post I’d written about one of the webcomics I read;
  • Prompting me to remember that on my Xoom I have a direct (bookmark) icon to my webcomic tag on delicious – to access all the ones I am reading;
  • Giving me a lovely topic upon which to test whether I can still get a linkroll to work:

Webcomics I read (via Delicious Curator):

This took a little effort to learn. On first test, it created a nice little post for me–BUT–I had failed to ensure that the tag it drew in was unique to only those bookmarks I wanted to include. Then, after I had tidied them all up with better notes and titles and gave them an additional tag, Delicious Curator would not take them again under the same tag (even with a second tag).  I finally told it to use just the new tag and this time it worked, even if it is not pretty.

Detours (to a linkroll widget)

My oh my oh my, what a drama. In between giving up and finally succeeding with the above I dithered around trying alternatives. One idea was to create a blogroll widget.  I didn’t find a way to do that directly from Delicious, but somewhere I picked up the idea of using Google Reader.

Bundle Clips

No simple way to transfer bookmark links to Reader subscriptions I transferred them by hand.  Eventually I worked out that Google Reader calls blogrolls “Bundle Clip”s

See “Create a bundle clip for your website” – second option for each bundle?

— Unfortunately, it uses javascript, and WordPress apparently doesn’t like javascript–

Silver lining

It has been a bit of a pain to use Delicious to check in to each webcomic for its latest, so now Google Reader can tell me whether there is an update.  I do not mind that some do not let their images through — as I understand their need for ad support.

How did they get there?

Import OPML – hiccup, hiccup

FIRST (in retrospect): Create a new link category.

So, with the OPML Importer plugin, WordPress will import OPML files to a blogroll. BUT: did you know that there are already some links in the “Blogroll” category of links?  I did not.

Unfortunately there is no bulk edit option to recategorise my newly imported links to distinguish them from those I had not even known existed.  For what does WordPress use these links anyway? — However (really getting into silver linings today) considering I was already editing each one-by-one, I figured I might as copy across my notes on each for its description because I do like on-hover explanations before I follow a link.

Link Widget

Finally I was ready to create a link widget (sidebar blogroll). This is (as long as I am not on my Xoom) as easy as drag, drop and refine. ie: select the special category, decide whether to show descriptions and ratings.  Oh yes, I could rate them!

I wonder if and how groups that use WordPress as a content management system use this Links management capacity.

I must also learn more about this XFN thing – what do people do with that?

Something to learn about – if not for this subject

I wonder if I can manage to publish before I go looking for images to make that blogroll or this post prettier?