A bit of site maintenance

I made time tonight to do a few things that I’ve wanted to get done for some time:

  • Introduce a new section called Faves, which displays my shared items from Google Reader. This is where I’ll showcase the posts I find really interesting and worthwhile to read from the various blogs and feeds that I’m subscribed to. I’ve been sharing blog items in Google Reader for months, and until now, they only showed up in a little box in my sidebar, but I wanted to present them a little better by dedicating an entire site section to them. They will all have links right back to the original items, and I’ve also included Feed Flares (through FeedBurner) that will allow you to subscribe to their particular feeds, Digg them and save them to del.icio.us right from the site. Yes, you’ll be digg-ing and bookmarking the original items, not my site/feed, not to worry about that. The intent is to promote these stories and their authors.
  • I did away with the Mobile and News sections. Judging by the stats, very few people were using them.

While I’m on the subject of site updates, I also wanted to let you know that I put together a unified/single feed for all of my content. I used the My Networks feature of my FeedBurner account (gotta love them!) and put together a single feed that gathers my ComeAcross, Zooomr, YouTube, del.icio.us, and Twitter content and packages it in nice little, eatable nibblets — well, they’re XML nibblets anyway. Rick, thank you so much for telling me how to do this! And, just in case you were wondering, I didn’t include my three Dignoscentia feeds. Since this will be a commercialized feed, it just didn’t feel right to include content I didn’t want to commercialize at all.

And yes, you can still subscribe to individual feeds for all of this stuff. Just navigate to the various site sections using the menu at the top of this page, and choose whatever feed you want. Not sure yet if I’ll feature this single feed anywhere on the site (other than this post), because I don’t want to confuse people. Many still don’t know what feeds are (sad, but true), so I’ll just wait a little longer and give it some more thought. Want to know the fun part? The URL for this unified feed is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Raoul. Beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂