Saturday, March 03, 2007
Gottagopractice and I have been looking for a way to build a cello bloggers' network where we could link our blogs, comments, pix, books, recordings, discussions about music, etc. We looked at Ning, but it doesn't seem to offer all the features we wanted. We really weren't looking for just another forum. Google Reader offers a good blog sharing feature that we've both adopted, but G-Reader doesn't let you share the comments directly. In the end, you still have to go back to each blog entry to follow the comments.
Until co.mments.com. Gtgp found this today and forwarded it to me. If you notice, in my sidebar, I've added a feature that shows the various individual blog post/comments that I am tracking. Also, if you click on the comment line beneath any of my entries, you'll see a link that lets you track my comments (I guess you have to sign up with their site to make that work.)
But even better, the combined tracking list from co.mments.com is now being fed to my Google Reader as a single feed. It's not perfect, but it does let me see what comments are being added to the specific blog posts that I'm tracking. Better, the GReader feeds include a link that you can use to add additional comments!
The idea of a blogging cellists' community is getting closer...
It's kind of fun - a little like poking around a house you are thinking of buying, and imagining how it will look with your furniture in it.
Once/if we get this setup and debugged, you should find it pretty easy to log into and be able to see the whole cello blogging community in one place.
Gtgp is doing most of the Ning setup :) and she's getting closer.
However, it *does* work if I open the post-a-comment page and use the bookmarklet there. Still think it must have something to do with that cool thing you do with your collapsible comments. FWIW.
Instead, I now feed the Co.mment Tracker to my Google Reader. There I have it set up to share the co.mments feed back to this blog's sidebar in a separate G-Reader box.
If anyone is interested, the Ning project is moving along. Check it out: Cello Bloggers.
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