Roll-my-own Tumblr Digest

February 26th, 2008

I use this blog mostly for business oriented posts, and Tumblr and Twitter for “lifestreaming”. What I have discovered, though, is that the line gets frequently blurred and there are things I would like to post in two or more places.

On my Tumblr page, I have added feed digests from Twitter and Last.fm. The former sends one daily update of my tweets, and the latter shows my weekly top artists.

I would like to drop a daily Tumblr digest into this blog, both so that content that wants to be in both places can get there, and so that the feed from this blog doesn’t get overwhelming.

So, dear readers, this is both a notice and a request. I intend to keep using this blog for longer pieces, which seem to happen twice a week or so. At the same time, “short form” notes on interesting things I find from across the web and MP3 blogs may start showing up here.

The request is that if anyone has found a good way to do this, kindly let me know in the comments or by email.

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Tumblr, Grr – But Hey There’s a Nice Bit of Code

February 9th, 2008

I started playing with Tumblr a little while ago. My page is here. It is a short-form blogging platform that is great for posting music, photos, videos, etc. It is decidedly techy, though.

The site offers a variety of “themes” to choose from, and also give users total freedom to edit the HTML. This is nice if you actually know HTML because it lets you add all kinds of features like search boxes, comment systems, feedburner integration, etc. Changing default themes, however, wipes out any custom code.

I know- as the proverbial saying goes- just enough HTML to get myself in trouble, and no CSS or javascripting whatsoever. I have tried out most of the themes I have found, which means that when I factor in all the theme changes and the back-to-defaults after I break the page with faulty code, I have now re-added comments, a Lijit search box and a Feedburner feed to my tumblog approximately 9,472 times.

I’m pretty good at it by now- or at least if I can find good directions I can follow them easily. I’m lost as soon as I get off the map, though.

Fortunately, I am now reasonably happy with my page and I am resolved to stop messing with it. Then again, I like the way Bijan Sabet does his comments integration. Wish I could figure out how to copy that . . .

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