My Move To Services

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If you’re seeing this in your feed reader, it means that the feed switchover worked without a hitch. I got all of the redirection worked out for both my weblog, as well as my sidebar links. Glad to still have you all around.

While doing this, I utilized two services: FeedBurner and I think that at this point, most bloggers know what is. It’s a way to bookmark things, and share them around. I’ve begun using this service in place of my normal bookmark functionality and it makes it infinitely easier to keep my bookmarks synced between multiple computers. I’ve actually got a fairly large dump of bookmarks that will be going into in a day or two. It took a while to get my old sidebar links into it, but now everything is peachy.

FeedBurner is a service that allows you to track how many people are reading your site, and also provides statistical analysis of things like user-agents (what application or service is being used to read your feed) as well as things like time-of-day pulls and such. There’s a free and a pay version. I’m using the free one right now, and at the moment, it’s all I need.

One thing that I absolutely hate is when someone changes the URL of their feed and either doesn’t say anything (really bad), or posts a message that says “hey, I changed my feed URL to this… update your bookmarks” or whatever (bad, but not as bad). I was guilty of this at one point long ago, but I never wanted to do this to anyone ever again because of how much it bothers me. So, Apache 301 redirects were the solution. If your service or feed reader supports 301 redirects, you’ll be in good shape whenever the old feed address finally goes away.

Of course it only bothers me, because I have to switch away from my feed reader to go login to Bloglines, then delete the old entry, and re-add the new entry. Then, I have to go into each feed reader I have (Feed Demon on 2 computers and NetNewsWire on 1), delete the old feed, then pull down the new feed. It’d be much easier if I could get 2-way syncronization across multiple products and services… but hey, what can I do?

So there you have it. Both of the above-mentioned services are good, so I’d recommend looking into them. Hopefully I’ll soon have all of my pictures loaded into Flickr, and my redesigned site will have images from there, as well as my iTunes listening habits. Ooh… integration…

Ryan Parman

Ryan Parman is an experienced software engineer, open source evangelist, and passionate user advocate currently living in Seattle. He is the creator of and , and worked on DevOps and Security at . He is now bringing learning into the digital age as an Engineering Lead and Site Reliability Engineer at . Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than .