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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Blog Mashups (and note for Victoria bloggers)

The idea: Combine your blog posts with those of your friends (or professional contacts, with their permission) into an ad-hoc group blog. The various bloggers don't have to use the same system -- the only requirement is that they provide an RSS feed. RSS is the common denominator that will make it easy to combine the content. Thank goodness for RSS!

Why I'm thinking this: We recently had a meeting of bloggers in Victoria BC, and were brainstorming ideas about what sort of web presence our group would have. And we didn't want to add any work to our lives. The thought struck me: How about a webpage featuring the latest entries (or excerpts) from the blogs of each member? Readers could click the links to go to the originating blog. Victoria Bloggerati -- whaddya think? Maybe I'll mock up a working prototype to show you what I'm thinking.

Update: Just thought of an easier way to do this using Technorati tags. Anyone who wants to be considered a Victoria blogger and added to the group blog could simply add the following invisible tag to their blog post template: <a href="" rel="tag"></a> Our combined blog would then be at

Update 2: Another interesting way to get your blog on the map is to add GeoURL tags to your blog template. Here are some blogs near me.


  • I like this idea quite a bit. This way, you can get an idea of what the blog is about and whether it is your cup of tea - without going through the trouble of clicking on a million links - which may or may not even still operate...

    By Blogger ada, at 4/23/2005 8:24 p.m.  

  • Do you know a good source of links to Victoria bloggers?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 4/23/2005 8:28 p.m.  

  • No, unfortunately.
    This is why I showed up to meet you guys.

    By Blogger ada, at 4/25/2005 6:35 p.m.  

  • Alright. (Thanks for checking back BTW!). I've spent hours digging around and I've found 109 other Victoria bloggers! Check out our blogging brothas and sistas!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 4/25/2005 7:02 p.m.  

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