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Blog contact list or the like?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

I enjoy reading a few regular blogs here. But have a problem keeping track of them. I know RSS and all that, but my top toolbar is slowly engulfing my screen.

Then I thought about adding people's who's blogs I like to a my friends list. But when I tried to add some one, it never appeared my list. IT worked last week, but not yesterday. Went to their profile page and then added as friend but they never appeared in my list. Is something up there? Or did I do something wrong?

The reason I wanted to add them was that I could keep track of their blogs while on the road. Let's say while on a public PC on the road. IT would be nice to have a feature in TP where you can see what blogs you are watching.

I am really not into Social networking, facebook etc. Sorry if that's a big thing, but I have a feeling it's not a goal of TP. But just wondered if there was a way to store favorite blogs on TP without using third party stuff?


2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

After clicking on the "Add as friend" link, did you confirm on the next page by clicking on the "Yes, add" button? Once that's done, you can keep track of a list of your friends' activities. But I'm not sure if this is the best way if you have many friends because it lists all kinds of activities (forums, photo, blogs) and is limited to a number of days or activities. (Peter/Sam?)

RSS is a pretty good way to subscribe to blogs. What browser are you using that it puts your subscribed feeds on your toolbar? Anyway, you can also subscribe via email notification. This way, you'll get an email whenever a new blog entry is added.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I add to GOOGLE READER all the blogs I subscribe to. All you need is a GOOGLE account (which now anyone can get). That way you can access them from any computer, and only look at them when you have the time to sit down and read a lot of blogs (which helps when folks like... oh, I dunno... Outcast write these novels for blog entries. ;) Just kidding - love your stuff - still waiting to hear about the Templar Knights Well).

More here: Google Reader Tour


4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Am using Firefox. Chances are I am using RSS incorrectly. I put the feeds on the toolbar, mainly just to remind me to click on them every now and then to see if there are any updates. But the more I add the more they take up space. So in answering that and reading between the lines makes me think I am doing something wrong there. Just like when I never clicked 'add' friend after selecting them. I blame a rather slow Sunday morning for that one.

I will check out this google thing as well. Was hoping not to have to sign up to anything else. Might check out FF extensions too, maybe something else there. Doh, put then I won't be able to use that when on the road. Right back to Google then... Email subscription is fine, but considering my inbox is fairly full most of the time subscriptions of any kind usually get a back seat. Still would be a nice addition here though, might keep people coming back more often to check out their subscribed list.

If it wasn't for this GregW having such a good blog to read I wouldn't have to go and change all my web habits. I shall remove him from my friends list I think ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 29, 2008, at 6:32 PM by outcast ]

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I used to use Firefox's RSS function like that too outcast. It's really not ideal, but for just a few blogs it's probably easier and less interfering than having to head off to an actual feed reader like Google's (which I now do use by the way). One way of stopping it from taking over your toolbar is to put the feeds within the same folder and put that in your toolbar. Rather than all being next to each other, you'll get a drop down list of all your feeds and can just scroll down it to see latest entries for each. I found the easiest way to do this was to use the Organize Bookmarks link under Bookmarks. Easier in terms of dragging feeds around and making sure they are where they are supposed to be.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

ps. another way, if you are just looking at Travellerspoint blogs is to subscribe to the list of all latest updated blogs here. You'll get a lot of entries per day, but there's often nuggets there you might not find otherwise too :)

7. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Thanks Sam. Nice one for the latest blogs rss...hmmm my toolbar just shrunk again

I have an online bookmarks subscription which I use in public places. I have to avoid signing up to google at the moment for another semi used purpose. At least until I get all these accounts sorted out, too many to remember... Doing my head in

But seriously thanks for the tip about using the bookmarks folder to store all my RSS feeds, now I can reclaim my screen again excellent stuff. :):):):):):):):):)

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Quoting outcast

If it wasn't for this GregW having such a good blog to read I wouldn't have to go and change all my web habits. I shall remove him from my friends list I think ;)

I assure you that any quality as of late is probably just an anomaly - 1,000 monkeys at a type-writer with a draft of Hamlet (with the dog on wheels added back in for comic effect) - that sort of thing. It shall soon be tedious, dull and self-serving again in no time.