So I was listening to Mitch Joel on the latest Six Pixels of Seperation this morning and Joseph Rogers had a comment that he spent a lot of time reading blogs but not commenting because he uses a feed reader and rarely goes to the site. I can say I do the same thing but I do have a habit of opening the feed item in a new window and commenting every once and a while. I would probably comment more if I didn’t have to do that so it got me thinking..Step One – Get the Comments to the Feed Reader.So to start there is no way of reading comments from your reader and no way to publish them from it either. For the first part, getting the comments to the reader, what we need is a xml tag in the rss feeds with a link to that items comment rss feed. Most, I think, blogging platforms already have a feed for the comments, I know WordPress does (it’s ?feed=rss2&p=”Post ID #”). This would be fairly easy just a standard xml tag like “we” added enclosure for podcasting. Then the feed readers need to add the ability to pull in the comments when you “read” an item. This could be automatic when you open a new item or could be a link at the bottom of the article that will grab the comments..Step Two – Publish Comments from the Reader.The second step is to set up a hook to allow for comments to be publish right there in the feed reader to the original blog thus allowing everyone to see them in other readers. Most platforms use an xmlrpc hook to publish posts from third party apps (like ecto) and other sites (like blip.tv, flickr and clipmarks). The same method could be adapted for publishing comments and still maintain all the spam protection and what not already in use..Final Notes.I know other people, the guys from the TechCanuck podcast jump to mind, have a problem with sites like Shyftr taking the community away from their sites and this would eliminate the need to take the comments and community off site.
Wasn’t planning on it but now that I have some free time I’m going to put together a post for this Blog Day thing! I’m going to try and get out of the Podcaster fish bowl and start out with a few bloggers that are local to me here in London.
First up is a great blog that I’ve been reading and interacting with for a little bit now. She is one of the most frequent commenters on this blog and I always find her post thought provoking and inspiring, I just wish I had more time to comment! The site/blogger I am speaking of is Mona from Rebellious Arab Girl. Second, another great read is Written Inc by Carmi Levy always great posts that are also thoughtful, and most often some great photography. To throw in someone who occasionally posts some great tech tips as well as other interesting topics Titus Ferguson who writes A Life Untold. I also find it interesting to follow David Peralty on David Cubed who works for the Bloggy Network and sometimes blogs about his experiences working for the network. For the fifth blog I’d like to jump across the country and recommend The Great White North, a blog that talks about movies and books and life on the west coast. Well thats my five now go have a look at the Technorati tag blogday2007 for other peoples lists!
Last night Titus Ferguson, John Leschinski and David Peralty joined me at Molly Blooms Pub here in London for a geek dinner. We had a great time. I love getting together with like minded people who get it. I think everyone can learn a lot from each other and I hope more people show up to future meetups. I think everyone would agree we should try and make it a monthly thing. One thing I have noticed, coming from the Podcast side of this “New Media” thing, is that there aren’t many podcasters in London but there is a lot of bloggers. I don’t know exactly why this is but that’s what I’ve noticed. Aside from David, who co-hosts on a couple shows (WordPress Podcast and TechCanuk), I was the only real podcaster. I have been trying to move backwards into blogging more, so I think this is really good for me and I hope I can seed some people to start podcasting. Anyways there is a audio file attached which is just some thoughts I had on the way home.