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au­to­matic-blogroll

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For sev­eral months now, I have de­layed mak­ing my blogroll au­to­matic. One of the ar­gu­ment lev­elled at blogrolls is that they are te­dious to main­tain. I agree, and wanted to take some ef­fort out of this process.

In July 2020, Jan au­to­mated his blogroll — and this val­i­dated the idea in my head. Now, my own blogroll is au­to­mated as well!

A key dif­fer­ence is that I have my script mark some feeds as recommended based on their feed IDs from my Miniflux reader. Then, these feeds are shown first as Recommended Feeds,” fol­lowed by all the other feeds in a sep­a­rate list.

I took this ap­proach be­cause list­ing 70 feeds does not help a vis­i­tor make a judg­ment on which feeds I re­ally en­joy and which ones I read when I can. Over time, some feeds can lan­guish in my blogroll even though I have stopped read­ing them; rec­om­mend­ing a se­lect few pro­tects me from this kind of rust set­ting in too quickly.

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Jan-Lukas Else on

Ru Singh au­to­mated her blogroll too.

In July 2020, Jan au­to­mated his blogroll — and this val­i­dated the idea in my head. Now, my own blogroll is au­to­mated as well!

I think I’m not the first one. If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, Jan did this al­ready be­fore.

A key dif­fer­ence is that I have my script mark some feeds as rec­om­mended based on their feed IDs from my Miniflux reader. Then, these feeds are shown first as “Recommended Feeds,” fol­lowed by all the other feeds in a sep­a­rate list.

That is a very clever idea! Currently there are 68 blogs in the blogs sec­tion on my blogroll, def­i­nitely con­fus­ing for peo­ple search­ing for the best blogs to fol­low. Problem: I have to pick a few fa­vorites and that’s a re­ally dif­fi­cult task.

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Jan-Lukas Else on

I took in­spi­ra­tion from Ru and fi­nally added a “favorite blogs” sec­tion to my blogroll. I also sorted the blogs into English and German, so that some­one with­out knowl­edge of German can ig­nore the German blogs.

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