WordPress Delicious widget work-around

This is part 3 of a seemingly never-ending saga which started here and continued here.

OK, I bit the bullet, removed the Delicious widget and replaced it with a plain-old RSS one. (Thanks to Andy Extance for trying it.) After a bit of CSS jiggery-pokery it almost looks the same as the original. For my RSS feed the URL is: http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/adycoles. Replace the last bit with your Delicious username and you’re good-to-go.

However, I’m not satisfied and intend to pursue the loss of JSON feed (which the Delicious widget relies on).

WordPress Delicious widget broken

The recent update to Delicious, since its change of ownership to Avos (from Yahoo!), seems to have broken my ‘Noted’ sidebar widget. Which is a shame, because I’ve got loads of great links to share with you.

According to Avos’ blog:

We’re still supporting all Delicious APIs and feeds, with more on the way

I’ll leave the widget there, empty, for now, and hope its content returns.

Have you suffered the same fate? Did you find a way to resolve it? Let me know in the comments.


Update: 11:42pm

  1. Sorry – obviously I still want you to see all the memorable links that I am grabbing, so go here to the delicious links, or here to see them on Pinboard.
  2. And, yes, Pinboard is now way behind on it’s mirroring of Delicious links, so I suspect that the API is broken for that, too.
  3. Turning their weapon against them (so to speak) keevacaereni has set up a Delicious ‘stack’ to curate information about the transition

Update: 29th September 9:16am

Have just noticed (sorry, was in a massive meeting all yesterday) that there’s a Delicious Transition Blog, where AVOS are posting progress on resolving the issues we’re all encountering.

I’ve done a bit of techie delving and discovered what I think is the reason for the WordPress widget failure. See my short blog post about it.

Ady

These are a few of my favourite feeds

At the last count, I subscribe to nearly 140 RSS feeds. Admittedly, quite a few of these are notification feeds from project management and software development applications, but the vast majority are blog-based.

I use NewNewsWire to read my blogs (Apple only – sorry, D0nny), and I link it up to Google Reader (not compulsory) so that I can read subscriptions on my iPad, too (using FlipBoard). I tend to skim through the titles of new posts and then read the preview of those that interest me. If it’s really worth reading past the preview I’ll either read it there-and-then, or stick it in Delicious and Pinboard as research or reference material.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite blogs. ‘Favourite’ is a difficult thing to quantify, as my reading is quite diverse and what makes one blog better than another is difficult to pin down, if indeed possible. So here are my top 10 blogs, based on the number of articles that get to the final stage of being read and/or bookmarked – a statistic that is really easy to get from NetNewsWire:

(All title links lead to the blogs’ home pages.)

1. The Wall

“Social, marketing, media: Blogged”. The Wall is part of Brand Republic. The vast majority of the stuff I read from here is social media related. It’s a UK production aimed at marketing, media and comms industries. They have a large and varied selection of contributors and I find that I’m usually ‘in tune’ with their opinions.

2. Think Vitamin

“A Blog for Web practitioners Designed, Built and Curated by Carsonified”. Aimed pretty much exclusively at the development community. Lots of good stuff, though they are pushing their members-only content quite a lot. Curated by Paul Boag and Ryan Carson, amongst others, so quality is the order of the day.

3. Simply Zesty

“Online PR & Social Media”. Lots of interesting articles around the major social media / networking companies, along with info about advertising / marketing campaigns making use of social media. I’m not selling it well – it’s really good!

4. O’Reilly radar

“Insight, analysis, and research about emerging technologies”. Number 4 on my most read list. I really like their daily “Four short links” posts highlighting ‘interesting elsewhere’ articles.

5. Smashing Magazine

Design (print, online, anywhere) and Coding. Lots of good stuff about UX, UI and mobile. Plus, every month they have a desktop wallpaper calendar post in which designers put forward desktop wallpapers for download. Some great inspirational stuff and loads of useful insights, tips, tricks & techniques.

6. PublicTechnology.net

“PublicTechnology.net is the news and analysis resource for ICT leaders in the UK public sector.” (original emphasis). A must-read for me. Lots of interesting, mainly work-related stuff.

=7. The Public-i Blog

“… the place where we talk about what we do.” This is somewhat unfairly down at number 7, as I read every post – there’s just not as many of them as there are on, say, The Wall or Think Vitamin. This is my company blog, so it’s pretty much expected that I’ll read it. That said, it’s an interesting read. If you want to know what Public-i does, then this is where you want to start.

=7. Curiouscatherine’s Blog

“Thinking about using the social web to do democratic things…..”. Catherine’s blog comes in equal 7th in the Ady’s most visited blogs top 10. Again this is very unfair (on Catherine) – I read every post. Admittedly I understand about 1 in 10, but that’s not the point. Mainly based around her PhD work, the blog continues to show how far down the intelligence scale I actually reside. Excellent analysis of where online meets offline and formal meets informal, along with identity, privacy, co-production.

9. Time Management Ninja

“Helping you win the battle against wasted time, disorganization, and all other things evil…”. This is one of many time management / GTD type blogs I subscribe to, and is the most read. (And the one I’ve commented on the most.) Craig’s posts are excellent: sometimes challenging, sometimes obvious (after the fact), always worth reading if, like me, you get a buzz from time management.

10. Carl’s Notepad

“Thoughts and observations on the world around me”. Carl Haggerty is the Digital Communications Manager at Devon County Council. I made his acquaintance through work, started reading his blog and have found it to be a great read. Again, this doesn’t deserve to be in 10th position, as I read most, if not all, of Carl’s posts.

So there you go. My top 10 most read blogs. This time next week it’ll probably have all changed. It’s a very small percentage of the number of blogs I subscribe to, so I hope to highlight some of the others, which are just as interesting, in future posts.

How To: Migrate Mac Mail RSS Feeds

I’m in the process of moving all my work from a MacBookPro onto an iMac. For various reasons I couldn’t do a transfer of all data (in fact, just didn’t want to as there’s lots of other stuff on the MBP that I don’t want on the iMac) and so have been doing it piece-by-piece, which has been long-winded, but relatively easy.

One of the final things I needed to do was transfer the RSS feeds that I have in Apple’s Mail application. Again, I could have simply copied the whole of the Mail settings across (as described in this article) but, well, I’d got this far and decided I’d carry on. Plus I couldn’t find anything definitive on the ‘net about it so figured it would be a good exercise.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Copied ~/Libraries/Mail/RSS folder and contents across (using Dropbox). (~ = your home directory; /Users/YourLoginID.)
  2. Started Apple Mail on the target computer. ‘RSS’ should now appear in the left hand list, if it wasn’t there already, and the feeds should appear in there when you expand the ‘RSS’ item.
  3. At this point the RSS feeds don’t (appear to) work. So I selected each (or all, using multiple selection) of the feeds in the left hand list and selected ‘Mailbox -> Rebuild’ from Mail’s menu, and they all repopulate.
  4. At this point I ended up with loads of unread messages, so I again selected all the feeds, right (control) clicked and selected ‘Mark all Messages as Read’.

I hope this is of use to someone out there. If you have found a better way, then please share it, as I couldn’t find anything else.

Cheers,
Ady