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Sidebar goodies – RSS feeds for news and jobs

by Mel Starrs on October 23, 2006

in Housekeeping

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed my new sidebars.  I am experimenting with all that the new improved Google Reader is offering.  Rather than use ‘static’ blogrolls, I am using Google reader to tag items I hold as newsworthy and post to the sidebar.  Generally, these are snippets of news that have caught my eye, but I have neither time nor inclination to write a post about.  Basically, it’s the news as filtered by Mel.  Click on the ‘read more‘ to see all items and to subscribe via RSS.  I’ve also added a feed for all the BREEAM jobs I find.  Again, a job listings as filtered by Mel, which can be subscribed to by RSS.  It’s similar to del.icio.us feeds which some publish, either in posts or on sidebars, but I think it looks a lot neater.  Any comments anyone?
I’m impressed so far with Google Reader and it may usurp Bloglines as my feed reader of choice.  As I already use Gmail, Documents and Spreadsheets, Picasa and Calendar, the integration is neat.  I do feel slightly uneasy about entrusting my entire digital life to the one beast that is Google. There used to be a part of me that took perverse pleasure in being ‘different’ (I owned a Zen Jukebox for years, eschewing the call of the iPod until earlier this year), so this is slightly out of character but for now, I’m googlised, just like everyone else.  There comes a time when the effort taken to be different outweighs the satisfaction from smugly backing the underdogs.

  • http://www.stuartbruce.biz Stuart Bruce

    Mel, the idea of publishing snippets is great. However, I’m puzzled why you think Google Reader is ‘neater’. I’ve not used Goodle Reader like that, but it looks to me the other way round. I publish del.icio.us feeds on a client blog and they are automatically styled exactly the same as the blog. Your example doesn’t look the same as your blog.
    Perhaps I’ve misunderstood what you meant.

  • http://www.stuartbruce.biz Stuart Bruce

    Mel, the idea of publishing snippets is great. However, I’m puzzled why you think Google Reader is ‘neater’. I’ve not used Goodle Reader like that, but it looks to me the other way round. I publish del.icio.us feeds on a client blog and they are automatically styled exactly the same as the blog. Your example doesn’t look the same as your blog.
    Perhaps I’ve misunderstood what you meant.

  • http://www.melstarrs.com mel starrs

    Good point Stuart – the ‘look’ isn’t the same, but the content is a lot neater. The ‘one click’ of google reader is a lot more appealing to me than faffing about with delicious, tagging and editing the title and description. Laziness really.

    BTW, I’m in the process of a little overhaul of the blog look at the minute – messing around with CSS and HTML, so apologies in advance if things go a little haywire over the next couple of days…

  • http://www.melstarrs.com mel starrs

    Good point Stuart – the ‘look’ isn’t the same, but the content is a lot neater. The ‘one click’ of google reader is a lot more appealing to me than faffing about with delicious, tagging and editing the title and description. Laziness really.

    BTW, I’m in the process of a little overhaul of the blog look at the minute – messing around with CSS and HTML, so apologies in advance if things go a little haywire over the next couple of days…