Today I found that my blog feed on my side bar had disappeared. Fortunately my blog was backed up by the National Library's Pandora database in March this year so I can refer to the lists there. I have started to add a few names but it may take me some time to do this. It will slow me down in visiting other blogs.
So seems like an opportunity for a review of the blogs on my feed. It makes me sad to see so many bloggers I love to follow become inactive. Occasionally I am gladdened to find that they are back online. So when bloggers on my feed become inactive, I am reluctant to delete them as I hope to hear from them again. However it does make my feed a bit stale. I also have the issue of trying to keep up with new blogs I discover as there are many so I add new blogs to my feed reader sporadically when I have time and energy. This means that many others fly under the radar. I am still unsure of how to address inactive bloggers and new bloggers on my feed but will give it some thought as I recreate the list.
Search this Blog function
In the last day or two, I have found that the Search This Blog function, which has been useful for producing a list of relevant posts on my blog, has started to produce a feed of relevant blogs. It is so much easier to run my eye over a list than to scroll through full blog posts.
This search function has been slightly awry for a while because instead of going to the most relevant posts, it seems to produce a list of posts in an order that makes no sense to me. (Eg, if I search sausage rolls, it wont bring up sausage rolls recipes posts but instead the posts that happen to link to my sausage rolls recipes!) I have used some alternative code before that is not quite so useful as it produces a list of links on a non-blog page but I may need to revert to this.
My blog has been listed on planet.vegmel.com ever since early on in my blogging days (2007 or 2008?) and it has been a great way to link up with other vegan-friendly bloggers in Melbourne. I was sad to see my blog had disappeared from the Planet VegMel aggregator feed recently and was told by the manager that my blog had been crashing Planet VegMel. I really don't want to crash the site but do love being part of it. I was relieved when they tried again and couple of weeks later my blog was behaving again. Don't know what happened there!
When I joined Pinterest, it took me a while to get the boards looking nice on my own home page. For a while I could set the right picture as the "face" of each board. Then they changed it so I couldn't work out how to set the photo. But a while back I noticed that they had changed the shape of the pictures and now all the nice square photos I chose look really silly because they are now a widescreen landscape shape.
I had spent a while finding a decent header photo for my Facebook page and setting it up. Recently, Facebook, has changed the look of the headers. It is more like a website than a page. It is unsettling rather than looking really horrid but it meant trying to find some of the features I regularly use. And I wonder where this is going?
A Few Positive Final Notes
- And I have a few more positive IT updates.
- At work we have been using Slack for team communications. While not perfect, it has been quite helpful.
- I have had my 100th photo accepted on FoodGawker. It felt like an achievement after all the photos I have had rejected. FoodGawker is still a mystery.
- I have moved up to a Level 8 Super Foodie on Zomato. Another little victory!
I am now off to get my blog feed list back up and running. Meanwhile any feedback or advice on these issues is welcome. I guess it is a timely reminder the back up my blog too!