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Blogrolls that show other blogs' updates

  1. Hi all,

    I don't know what you call this feature, but I really like it and would love to have it on my blog: a blogroll (links) format I've seen on friends' blogs, in which the links have a feed that makes them update automatically as the linked-to blogs are updated. For an example (this is on Blogger and for all I know it's an expensive feature):

    http://www.cityofrefugefl.com/

    As you can see, the blogroll changes, with the title of the blog's latest entry and information on how recently it's been updated.

    Is this feature available via WP and I'm just not seeing it, or it's available for an extra fee, or . . . ?

    Amy

    The blog I need help with is sermonsinstones.com.

  2. Hello there,
    This is not possible on a free hosted wordpress.com blog blogrolls. You can use RSS widgets to display for each site though. The RSS Widget displays posts from any RSS feed. See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/rss-widget/

  3. Thanks, that's something like it. When I do it it doesn't come out nearly as streamlined-looking as the example on that page, though. It carries an RSS icon and insists on putting the blog title and the entry information on two separate lines--somewhat cumbersome for a blogroll.

    If I get ambitious enough with this blog, maybe I'll upgrade to a ritzier version. Thanks for the information.

    Amy

  4. Hi Amy,
    I'm sorry it's not exactly what you wanted. You're welcome and best wishes with your blog. :)

  5. Is this feature available in some of the paid versions of WordPress? It is a great feature - would love to have it as well (would pay for it).

  6. @krisfitz
    No there is no upgrade that provides this feature on wordpress.com blogs.

    As for me, I most certainly would not consider paying to what amounts to advertising the updating of other people's blog entries on my free hosted wordpress.com blogs.

  7. OK, thanks.
    About paying for "advertising" - depends on the goal of the blog. Mine isn't focused on commerce or promoting my own IP, etc. - it's informational and community-focused (around type 1 diabetes), so seeing instantly which other blogs have new info. is a key feature.

  8. I'm an experienced blogger (6 years) and a blogging minimalist in an age of auto-generated information overload. I don't need or want such a display on my blog, but if you do that's cool. :) I subscribe to blog feeds by email and I'm continually updated. I then selectively choose which posts I may wish to read, comment on, and/or blog about.

  9. Yep, agree this is a much need feature - don't want to use email. Most people who move from blogger to wordpress ask how to do it - and are disappointed!

  10. I'm sorry the feature does not exist here. You can use RSS widgets to accomplish the same thing as I described above. You can also request that Staff consider adding it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  11. I'd been wondering about this feature too - I find it a useful feature on blogs run by some friends on Blogger, so I wondered if it was possible to do it via WordPress. Snapshots/m-shots used to work in a similar way by making it possible to see if a friend's blog in my sidebar had been updated lately - is there any chance that they will be coming back?

  12. I'm sorry the feature does not exist here. You can use RSS widgets to accomplish the same thing as I described above. You can also request that Staff consider adding it when they reactivate the contact link after the Memorial Day long weekend has come to an end. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  13. Thanks, Timethief, I will send in a request.

  14. You're welcome. :)

  15. Expanding on the RSS widget idea, you can use Yahoo Pipes to mash up a number of feeds and then take the resulting rss feed and put it in the RSS widget.

    http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

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