I’m trying out a new idea, borrowed from My Blog Utopia, Randy Smythe’s blog.
A couple months ago, I realized that I was accumulating far too many blogs to read through the My Yahoo interface. Over 100 at last count. I needed a blog reader, and based on popularity of the blog readers hitting this site, I went with Google Reader.
Google Reader has been fun, especially with the Firefox modification to make it look and feel more like Mac OS X.
Well, on Randy’s blog I saw that he had a widget that showed the blog articles that he was reading. I have seen this type of “clipping feed” on several other blogs, but WordPress doesn’t seem to have that feature.
Then I noticed it was generated by Google Reader, and I thought, “Maybe there is a way to get Google Reader to spit out an RSS feed, and then I could put it into a sidebar widget on WordPress.com”
Turns out, it just works. I figured out how to flag a blog post as “Shared” on Google Reader, and now, on the left-hand column of this blog, you’ll see the last 10 blog articles that I have flagged. Should be fun, since it saves me from just posting “read this” type of articles. I can focus just on areas where I have more significant commentary.
So check it out… it’s on the left side, under the header “What I’m Reading”
Let me know what you think.