Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Blogger coolness: specialized feeds

Did you know that you can subscribe to a subset of posts on your favorite Blogger blog? Here are three examples to illustrate.

Just posts tagged "science:"

Just posts tagged "cool:"

Just posts tagged both "cool" and "science:"

If you click those links, you'll see a rather spartan representation of the posts corresponding to those tags. (Or "labels," as Blogger insists on calling them.) If you want to subscribe to one of them, right-click the link and choose Copy Link Location, or whatever the exact wording is for your non-Firefox browser.* (screenshot)

What's that you say? THIS IS NOT YOUR FAVORITE BLOG? Sigh. Okay.

But seriously, you can follow the examples above to zero in on any Blogger blog. For example, if you want to be sure you never miss Mr. Riley's commentary on Mitch Daniels, grab this link.

That should all be on one line, if you're not seeing the fancy horizontal scroll bar. Also, don't be put off by the repeated appearance of %20. That's just what you get when a URL has spaces in it.

You can play around to get the feeds you want just by typing into the address bar of your browser. The URLs are all going to start with, and then you add on the tag or tags you want to narrow in on.

Thanks, David Kutcher!


If you really want to geek out, you can use a little jQuery to rearrange feeds, such as those above, in all sorts of amazing ways.

And more generally, if you have a Blogger blog and want to get into some serious fiddling, have a look around Blogger Xpertise, which showed me the above. That is a cool site.

* Terminology equivalents:
      Firefox: Copy Link Location
      Safari: Copy Link
      Chrome: Copy Link Address
      Opera: Copy Link Address
      SeaMonkey: Copy Link Location
      Maxthon: Copy Shortcut
      Internet Explorer: Copy Shortcut

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