Saturday, November 12, 2016

The secret, 500-item Blogger feed.

Feeds are broadly useful ways to share your blog posts, and I make use of feeds in some of the tricks in this blog.

Unfortunately, Blogger keeps messing with them.

In 2011, Blogger started paginating its feeds at 500 posts The entire feed was still available, but in chunks. You had to hack the url parameters to get the whole feed, one 500-post segment at a time.

Recently, Blogger ratcheted that down to a mingy 150 posts per chunk, a real pain in the neck for some of us who have been cranking out blog posts for a while. (Don't snicker: I have been very busy on my main blog.)

However, there is an alternative feed for your blog that still goes up to 500. If you use your entire feed the larger size can be a lot easier to work with.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Urgent: Convert your Yahoo Pipes–based indexes to HTML NOW


Yahoo Pipes is going away on September 30.

If you have used Yahoo Pipes to create alphabetical or chronological lists of blog posts, you have only a few days to preserve those lists by converting them to HTML.

(If so, you know who you are. Everyone else can just ignore this message.)

The HTML solution is not as good as the Pipes-based list it replaces. but for now it is probably the best option to keep what you've already made.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A smaller "follow" button

There are 3 sidebar gadgets that allow your readers to follow your blog on their blog dashboards. (No luck if they don't have dashboards.)

They're worthwhile, but I don't use them. this blog

Sidebar real estate is precious, and the standard gadgets are too big for my taste (and there are other issues). I use a smaller button and link that I cobbled together myself.

Here's how to do that, if you like.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Search "friend" and enter

Search for "friend connect" in Blogger's list of gadgets to put a "follow this blog" button in your sidebar.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Blogger, forgive us!

Here's a great unsung feature of Blogger: Undo.

If only it applied all the time.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A sidebar-widget beastiary: 6 gadgets and what do do with them

Smart bloggers populate their blogs with widgets to connect readers with older blog posts (and with related content on the web).

Three sidebar areas take widgets: Top, side, footer.

Here's a quick appraisal of a half dozen powerful widgets you should know.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Blogger, Google+ pages, and the frontiers of science

The R&D Division here at Too Clever, ever pushing the envelope, has used a Google+ page of a regular Blogger blog to create a second blog.

To be precise:
  • a Google+ page identity (not a personal profile)
  • that was created for a regular Blogger blog
  • in turn created, and now administers, a second blog.
Here is the proof that, when it comes to Blogger, a Google+ page can do everything your blogging account can. Including being anonymous.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014