A Couple of Notes About Gnorb.NET and 9Rules Submission Day (May 7)

Just a couple of notes for you who read this. In short, RSS feeds now feature full blog posts instead of snippets; those of you visiting the site can now see a few recommended posts from across the web, thanks to a Google Reader widget on the sidebar, and 9Rules Round 6 starts May 7 at 12:00 AM EST. (If you’re a blogger, this should be of interest.)

Update: Time’s up on the 9Rules submissions. If you submitted, good luck.

First, if you’re reading this through an RSS reader, you’ll notice you now get the full post, instead of seeing the (more…) link. That’s because I’ve updated to the latest version of WordPress. Fear me, or something. Better yet, enjoy never having to actually visit this site to get what you’d actually come here for in the first place. I mean, let’s face it, you’re not here for the design, right?

Speaking of design, I’ve added a little widget to the sidebar titled “This Came Across My RSS Reader And I Think You Should Read It”. Basically its a list of five recently “shared” posts from my own RSS reader (Google Reader), stuff I think you’d benefit from reading either because it’s important or interesting. The title links lead you to the site of origin, the name of the site leads you to the homepage of that site, and the link at the bottom that says “Read More…” takes you to my Google Reader Shared Items page. I’m starting to [Heart] Google Reader.

Finally, for those of you bloggers who read this (I’m guessing that’s the bulk of you), you may be interested to know that May 7 is the first of three scheduled submission dates for joining the 9Rules network. (As I write this it’s May 6, so tomorrow.) This is affectionately known as Round 6. (Gnorb.NET became a very proud member of the 9Rules network on December of 2006.) To quote one Kamigoroshi, of Footsteps in the Mirror:

Since this is pretty much a blink-and-you-miss event, try not to blink and try not to miss it. The last time they had it, out of 1190 blogs that applied to join 9rules, only about less than 10% made it through to become members. That’s something to think about should you decide to join the community, being the best of the independent web.

So there you have it, the news for the evening. Now, back to your regularly scheduled reading.

3 thoughts on “A Couple of Notes About Gnorb.NET and 9Rules Submission Day (May 7)

  1. Haha, when I saw your feed going full, that put a smile on my face to read that.

    I still can’t get used to Google Reader though. I’m just so used to Bloglines even though it doesn’t update as fast as Google Reader.

  2. You know, for me the big feature is the scrolling. I don’t have to click on a story title to see it, I can just keep scrolling, seemingly forever, allowing me to scan a ton of sites at once without having to do much of anything after initial setup.

    Originally I had intended on narrowing down the number of feeds. The odd part is that now that I’m using Google Reader, I have a ton more feeds, and because it’s so easy to scan through them all, I can read more in less time. It’s funny, I’ve been using it for only a few days, but now anything else I use pales in comparison.

    Edit: Wait, I TOTALLY didn’t understand that first paragraph. Wow. (One of the dangers of doing this first thing in the morning.)

    As for the feed, yes, updated WP gave a full feed. Huzzah, and all that good stuff. (Are you fearing me yet? ‘Cause I’m pretty scary.) I need to get used to the new backend, however. I sort of liked it better how they had it before, particularly the posting page, which had most of the relevant info on the side, and the Save button and “Published/Draft” menu where it’s supposed to be. Also, “Save and Continue Editing” is gone, and that makes me a sad panda. Now I have to start looking for themes for the backend.

  3. Hahaha…yes Gnorb, a smile is always a good thing. I like reading full feeds. Always makes me want to read the blog more that is. Especially if people put in backlinks to their blog on their posts.

    That’s the thing about Google Reader I didn’t like – endless scrolling. I like to have boundaries and limits when I read my feeds. I want to know that I’ve finished reading all the 10 new updates that came out for that blog….only. Not 10 updates and the old posts and have to click on something else to tell me I’ve already read them.

    That’s what I hated about Google Reader. Unless they change that, I’m not going back.

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