February 18, 2011

Changes to My Site

Filed under: blog — Tags: , , , , , — tsladmin @ 7:39 am

I’ve been trying to get back to blogging for the past couple of years, but so far out of all of the things I do in the 24 hours of a day, it’s the activity that’s fallen by the wayside the most. I still hope to blog more this year, but the reason I implemented the lifestreaming back in 2009 was to provide an aggregated glimpse into my overall online activity in the meantime.
Unfortunately, the wp-lifestream plugin I was using died for no apparent reason last October. I spent a couple of months trying to get it working again but to no avail. I haven’t been able to find a good replacement that lets me import my activity into my site (as opposed to just displaying something that only lives elsewhere) and publishes it as a daily blog post.
The best I’ve been able to do is hack the heck out of the complexlife plugin to display my lifestream on my home page. It’s not as comprehensive as the sites available in wp-lifestream, but it’ll do for now. Right now, it’s displaying my public Flickr pictures, my tweets, tweets I’ve favorited, my public Diigo bookmarks, things I’ve liked on FriendFeed, shared items from Google Reader, and posts I’ve made on ALA Connect.
If you want to track even more of what I’m sharing online, you’re better off looking at my FriendFeed stream until I figure out how to add more sites here in complexlife. If you want to subscribe to my online activity to get daily updates pushed to you, I’d suggest using my FriendFeed RSS feed.
So now if you visit the TSL home page, you should see a link to the latest blog post at the top, followed by 30 days of lifestream activity. If/when I get back to blogging, I’ll probably play around with the home page again to better display the blog posts, but for now subscribing to the main RSS feed will again show just the posts; in other words, not much.
You can also go directly to the blog page to view just the posts. Overall, my goal is to post shorter, tumblr-like posts going forward to try to get back in the swing of things, but we’ll see how I do.


  1. Hi Jenny
    Makeuseof.com has a wp lifestream plugin called SimplePie that might be useful:
    There are other suggestions on the site.
    Also SmashingMagazine.com has some wp lifestream suggestions as well

    Comment by Rich Allen — February 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  2. FWIW, you might also like Storytlr:
    It installs about as easily as WordPress and slurps down and archives a crap-ton of feeds from social services. Mine looks like this:
    I’m also using FriendFeed and wrote an archiver that looks like this:
    But, since FriendFeed was bought by Facebook, I expect it’s just a few hard drive failures away from sunset.

    Comment by l.m.orchard — February 19, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  3. Very nice – thank you both. I’ll definitely look into these, because I’m still not very happy with how my lifestream is displaying.

    Comment by jenny — February 21, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

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