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I too missed John’s search tool. Thank you for sharing it Ian. I think it is a reminder why it is useful to have multiple points of reference for ideas and information.

This has me thinking about Chris Aldrich’s recent reference to blogrolls and OPML files. I wonder if something could be added to be able to search across the various sites listed on your own site?

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I am with Chris in that I maintain my own OPML feed, which I subscribe to in Inoreader. Granary and Twitter OPML Export have helped a bit with other feeds. Are you doing some more thinking in regards to your Library JSON idea?
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Hello, thanks for the Podcast Addict app.
please add opml url sync feature (like Juice Receiver app)

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I think that it would be good to be able to store OPML subscriptions externally. This is what Inoreader allows users to do.

I also imagine that allowing users to subscribe would mean that one could use any form of storage, whether this is Google (as referred to in this request) or WordPress.

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In the most ideal world, I’d love to be able to use the Post Kinds Plugin to create follow posts (see my examples). This plugin is already able to generally use bookmarklet functionality to pull in a variety of meta data using the Parse This code which is also built into Post Kinds.

It would be nice if these follow posts would also copy their data into the Links Manager (to keep things DRY), so that the blogroll and the OPML files are automatically updated all at once.

Thank you for documenting so much about this topic Chris. I too would like the ability to incorporate Follow posts into my list. Really should get back to updating my feeds too.
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If you read this blog, I am curious to see what other blogs you read / bloggers you follow. Do you publish your list of feeds somewhere, as a page, or as a OPML file? If not, would you be willing to send me an opml export from your feedreader? If not, can you post or comment your five recommended bl…

You can find my feed here. I really should organise them better, but it works for now. I really like the ability to subscribe to other people’s feeds using Inoreader. I am just trying to work out a workflow for removing posts that I do not want to follow.
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The import option was not yet there. So I decided to make this myself. Now I am not a programmer, but for a hobby project like this I can do something. Fortunately, I have already taken a first step in reading OPML in the past, when I was working on a Pinboard project .

I could easily reuse that code. After a short read-in session in the way in which I can call the Aperture API, I now have a first, rough version . There is no categorization yet, no error handling, no validation by feed type (if needed) and it could be written a bit nicer. But it works!

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It may still be a while before I can make the leap I’d love to make to using Microsub related technology to replace my daily feed reader habits. I know that several people are working diligently on a Microsub server for WordPress and there are already a handful of reader interfaces available. I’m particularly interested in the fact that I can use a reader interface integrated with Micropub so that my reactions in the reader (likes, bookmarks, replies, etc.) are posted back to my own personal website which will then send notifications (via Webmention) to the mentioned websites. Of course it’s going to take some time before I’m using it and even more time after that for the set up to become common and easy to use for others. So until then, I and others will need some tools to use right now. Toward this end I thought I’d double down on my use of Inoreader in my daily web consumption workflows. I wanted to make it easier to use my feed reader to post all these types of posts to my website

Chris one thing that frustrates me about my Inoreader workflow is subscribing to multiple OPML files leads to some people/posts multiple times. I am wondering if I need to bring everyone into my own OPML file, but I like the serendipity of new finds via others.

Not sure if this makes sense and if it is something you have experienced?

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The Link Manager still seems relatively solid and much of the infrastructure still works well, despite the warnings and lack of updates over the past several years. It would be nice to see it make a comeback and I can personally see many ways it could come back as a means of allowing people to better own their personal social graph as well as dovetail with readers. (This could also be the cornerstone of helping to make WordPress it’s own decentralized social network so that those who want to leave Facebook, Twitter, et al. could more easily do so and maintain their own data and infrastructure.)

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Think of an OPML subscription as an updating subscription to a bundle of RSS feeds which all also provide their own individual updates. Instead of subscribing to a bunch of individual feeds, you can subscribe to whole bundles of feeds.

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There are whole new areas of technology waiting for you to add this feature!

Dave Winer makes the case for subscribing to OPML files within feed readers. This was one of the reasons I moved to Inoreader. However, he suggests that Feedly also supports this functionality, maybe it is a paid feature?

📓 A Custom OPML Request of Blogs associated with Primary Education and Leadership

I recently wrote a post exploring the power and potential of RSS and the revival of the blogroll. One critique I received was that a ‘blogroll’ is meant to be the Top of the Pops. Maybe I am unwilling to get off the fence or am simply unable to wittle my list down. I like how Chris Aldrich breaks down his list into various categories and think that is something I will get to at some stage. However, in the interim, somebody asked me for a list of educational leadership blogs. Here then is a shorter list that will also work in the free version of Feedly. Although I would encourage uploading to your blog and subscribing with Inoreader. If you are using Global2, then import the OPML file using the Import sub-menu (Tools > Import). A link to the OPML can then be accessed by adding ‘/wp-links-opml.php’ to the end of the URL. See for example:

NOTE: If you already use the links function to show a reduced blogroll, then you may wish to categorise them and only show a particular category in the links widget.

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Last week I wrote about creating my following page and a related OPML file which one could put into a feed reader to subscribe to the list itself instead of importing it. I haven’t heard anyone mention it (yet), but I suspect that like I, some may be disappointed that some feed readers that allow …

I love discovering simple tricks that WordPress allows you to do simply with the URL. For example, adding ?=random to the end of a WP blog will produce a random post.

Chris Aldrich’s provides another:

So in general, for WordPress sites one can append ?link_cat=[category id] (with or with out the brackets) to the main URL for the OPML file typically found at

When we talk about coding it small tricks like this which excite me because it feels as if they touch on the way that the web works, as much as the outcome at hand.