Blogrolls that show other blogs' updates

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  • #611732

    revamy
    Member

    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.

    #611869

    timethief
    Member

    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/

    #611976

    revamy
    Member

    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

    #611990

    timethief
    Member

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

    #612068

    krisfitz
    Member

    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).

    #612069

    timethief
    Member

    @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.

    #612070

    krisfitz
    Member

    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.

    #612071

    timethief
    Member

    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.

    #612164

    4wordsmith
    Member

    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!

    #612165

    timethief
    Member

    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/

    #612166

    judyge
    Member

    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?

    #612167

    timethief
    Member

    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/

    #612168

    judyge
    Member

    Thanks, Timethief, I will send in a request.

    #612169

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome. :)

    #612170

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    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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