Current Bankroll: $0.25 - 2.35M Play Chips

I know a lot of bloggers like to keep a list on their blog of all the other blogs that they read. It's a nice way to promote the bloggers that you like and it creates a nice sense of community in the blogosphere as different people link to each other creating large networks of people sharing the same interests.

As your list grows though, and old bloggers disappear, it can become a bit of a pain to keep that list updated, and sometimes feels like just one more thing that you have to do during your busy day.

A lot of people like to use feed readers to keep up with their favorite blogs. That way they don't have to check every blog on the list every day to see who has updated since you can read all the latest posts in one place in the reader.

I use Google Reader which I find particularly useful since it is online and therefore I can read my subscriptions on any computer. Coming back to blogrolls though, I just discovered a really cool feature on Google Reader that allows you to produce a public version of your subscriptions that can easily be displayed on your blog so that you never have to update it as it simply displays whatever blogs your are subscribed to in Google Reader. You can even show a select list of blogs in case you have others that you read that aren't related.

To activate this feature and synchronize your blogroll with your Google Reader subscriptions, follow the following steps:

  1. Put all the subscriptions that you want to list in your blogroll into one folder.

  2. Click on Settings in the top right of the screen and then select the Tags subsection.

  3. Put a check next to the folder name that holds the subscriptions you want to publish and then select Public from the drop down at the top of the list that says "Change Sharing..."

  4. This should cause a couple links to show up next to the folder that you selected. Copy the link that says View Public Page and paste it in the following box below

  5. Copy the code that is generated in the box below that and paste it into your blog where you want your blogroll to display.

For example, if you wanted to add this blogroll on a Blogger blog, you could add a new HTML/Javascript element and just paste the above code into it. You can see a live example of this titled "What I'm Reading" on the right side of this page.


Post a Comment