February 18, 2011

Changes to My Site

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.

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7:39 am Comments (3)


  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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