Like: WordPress RSS Feed Retriever Plugin

I like this plugin.  With 3 blogs it’s hard to alert visitors to one blog, that you also write elsewhere.  So I put my RSS feeds from my other blogs on the site and maybe some visitor will see them and experience Total Bradness scattered across 3 domains.  Or maybe not, but one can hope. 😄

The plugin works via shortcode which you can put most anywhere.  The codes are easy to read, understand and edit.

 

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I had created two blog oriented webrings as an experiment.  It’s been over 6 months and no takers and maybe 3 tire kickers checking them out, so I’ve eliminated them. FYI.

 

 

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I’ve never been big on the tag cloud displayed in the stock WordPress widget.  I’ve wanted something neater.  I may have found it in Cool Tag Cloud plugin.  It’s not exactly what I want but it is better than what I had.  Implemented.

Theme:  Today I briefly switched the theme from Sempress to Zenpress.  I found out Zenpress does not have a sidebar option so I dumped it and went back to Sempress.

I need to figure out what I want to do here on Ramblinggit.  I think this winter I need to dump some things that are not working.

Nominated Things to Dump:

  1. My two webrings.  No interest so they should go.
  2. Guestbook – it’s a nice plugin, but no interest so it should go.
  3. Free public domain ebooks
  4. Blog directory

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Last night, Fri., Spaghetti and meatballs.  I use Dreamfields pasta, it’s the only higher in fiber, lower in carbs pasta, I’ve found, that tastes pretty close to traditional pasta.  The meatballs were little frozen ones from Aldi.  They are as good as any other frozen meatball.  Not sure how much mystery meat is actually in them but they work for portion control.  Anyway it was good.

Tonight, hamburgers made with real moo-cow meat!  I think steamed Brussels sprouts will go with them so I can claim some healthiness.

Tomorrow night, Sun., probably one of those frozen skillet meals.  The kind that has 1 oz. of meat with pasta and veggies all together.  Fast and easy.

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I got an email from my auto insurance agent, saying I can get a discount by letting the insurance company put a GPS tracker in my car for 90 days, and based on the results I might qualify for even more discounts.

As someone who strongly objects to all the tracking Facebook, Twitter, Google and every man and his dog do with my phone, I think I will turn her down.  I didn’t even have to think about it.

It just seems to me corporations want to know too much about us.  That needs to change.

Also I need to ditch this Android phone.

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Today I made an Exit page.  So many people end their visit by hitting the Back button on their browser.  The exit page is a last attempt to get them to explore the Blog Directory to find an entertaining blog.  Or failing that to try a search on a search engine they may have never tried before.

A directory isn’t much good if it does not provide traffic to the sites listed in it.  So I’m obliged to drive traffic to it.  As for the search engine, I’ll probably rotate different search boxes every few weeks.  Exploring the Web needs to be fun again. We can make it so.

Added:

It’s not that I’m inviting people to leave.  This was always one of the worries about webrings, that you were inviting people to leave.  That is a false worry. Visitors leave when they are done with your site.  Like a webring, the exit page, if they chose to use it, is intended to make their exit more productive by sharing traffic with other blogs or introducing them to a search engine other than Google.  With the directory link it’s a chance to reintroduce “surfing the web” as in bygone days.  And maybe it gives the act of leaving a small element of – adventure.

It’s a bit of whimsy that uptight corporate blogs and blog magazines wouldn’t dare.  😈

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Syndication (crossposting) to:

Facebook: (change) – I no longer post to FB and quit that long before the recent FB API rules change.  Brid.gy had problems and I didn’t care enough about FB to try and fix it.

Twitter: (changed) – this blog now posts to Twitter via WordPress Jetpack.  I made the change because I can control what goes out to Twitter on each individual post.

G+: (same) – via Jetpack.

Mastodon – (same) – via Mastodon plugin

WP Reader – (same) via Jetpack.

Micro.blog – via Micro.blog and RSS.

Indieweb.xyz – this is manual, on a post by post basis.

I get quite a bit of traffic from all the above.

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To Do’s

Internal ads:  I need to look into ad or banner system plugins for WordPress.  I don’t need it right now but will need.  I am not talking about Adsense or outside ads, but I need to drive some traffic to my own content.  The big example would be the Blog Directory.  I need to let people know it is there.

Graphical banner ads are a pain.  Mainly because I’m terrible at making graphics.  The other thing is they can screw up the view on mobile.  The good thing is you set up the campaigns and forget it.

Text ads? Maybe.  Worth trying.

Placement?  I hate ads between paragraphs in articles but it is effective.

I need to think this through and see what free plugins are available.

More directory listings:  I need to add more.  I could easily add the famous blogs, but that really isn’t the focus of the blog directory, which is hopefully for good new or unfound blogs – the underappreciated.  Will work on this.

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