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Monday, May 2nd, 2005

RSS Feed Fixed

Readers have complained that they are unable to subscribe to my RSS feed in Bloglines. I went there, signed up, and encountered the same error. Having no knowledge how of this works, I went to WordPress and tried checking their forums for the same problem. I encountered lots of posts by people complaining that their RSS feeds didn’t work, and lots of rather heavy-handed responses saying “your RSS works, and stop bitching about it”. So I narrowed my search to “bloglines”. Then I was able to find posts reporting a known error with links to how to fix it. The linked documents were pretty obscure, but going to the suggested WordPress bug report I found a link to the sourceforge cvs for the affected file, where I found simple highlighted corrections to one of my php files. All this was pretty simple compared to getting an unsupported wireless card to work under Linux, but I was able to do that the same way – reading FAQ’s, searching posts, and trying the things that you find one at a time, then checking to see what happens.

I uploaded a fixed copy of the file and, lo and behold, Bloglines was able to add my feed. Now I just have to figure out how to use Bloglines. But for now, I added the “Subscribe in Bloglines” button in my sidebar to the right for anyone’s use.

Posted by Greg as My Website at 11:40 PST

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Lessons to Learn

So installing the blog software has been very interesting so far. I can see that I not only need to learn HTML but PHP, CSS and MySQL as well. I am also starting to flesh out some ideas on content. Prior to installing the blog software I had only used the site to stash my collection of my brother’s professional cartoons, the website I am slowly creating for my local chapter of NACE International, and a bio page that is intended only to assist old friends if they try to hunt me down via Google. If only Google would find me again.

I couldn’t find a template that I liked at the collection suggested at WordPress, so I am starting with the default theme and tweaking it bit by bit to see what happens. I figure this a better way to start learning that running out and buying a couple of “For Dummies” books. One feature I find lacking in the WP interface is the absence of a spell checker.

Posted by Greg as My Website at 07:53 PST