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Stuff You Can Do With My RSS Feed
I just found a new feedburner feature. I'm turning it on, and turning it loose.

<script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/SchlockRSS?format=sigpro" type="text/javascript" ></script><noscript><p>Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/SchlockRSS"></a><br/>Powered by FeedBurner</p> </noscript>

Put that code on your web page somewhere. That will give you the latest Schlock Mercenary strip wherever you want it.

I feel: crazy crazy

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mamaslyth From: mamaslyth Date: August 20th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel like someone who was given a cool home decoration and now I'm not sure which room to put it in.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: August 20th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
PUT IT IN THE BATHROOM.
mamaslyth From: mamaslyth Date: August 20th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
ROTFL!!!

Well, it would get seen there the most often.
snipeyhead From: snipeyhead Date: August 20th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Feedburner also lets you offer email digest subscriptions. Login and click on "Publicize", and you'll see that option. Just activate it, and they give you the HTML to create a form on your webpage that lets people sign up for a daily email digest of posts.
snipeyhead From: snipeyhead Date: August 20th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and once you have a decent amount of subscribers to the RSS, you may want to publish the chicklet version, which shows the number of subscribed people. Code is available under Publicize, I believe.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: August 20th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. I'm looking at doing both of those - email subscriptions and chicklet-stats - next. Gimme a week.

We're already up to over 1300 subscribers to the feed, even though only about 140 people have "friended" the LJ version. Lots of traffic!
snipeyhead From: snipeyhead Date: August 20th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's great! 1,300 is nothing to sneeze at, so soon out of the box.

Generally speaking, if someone is subscribed to your RSS feed, they wouldn't friend the feed on LJ - it would just clutter their friends page with content they're already getting elsewhere.

And certainly not that you don't have plenty of other awesome resources, but if you ever have web/rss/whatever questions, feel free to drop me a line. Been doing this for about 13 years now, and I'm happy to lend any insight if needed.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: August 20th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I appreciate the offer. Mark Shieh is the developer who built most of this for me -- all I've been doing is using the Feedburner widgets and other assorted idiot-tools to spread the word.

I enabled email subscriptions, but the URL doesn't always work. Feedburner issues, it looks like. Try it out?

Subscribe to Schlock Mercenary RSS by Email
snipeyhead From: snipeyhead Date: August 20th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gave me an error too. I have a friend at Feedburner - will drop him a note about it.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: August 20th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which is to say... it works in FireFox, but not in IE. Go figure.
no_relation From: no_relation Date: August 21st, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do both, myself. Same with Dinosaur Comics and Irregular Webcomics. I enjoy the discussion on the LJ feed, especially on those. Places like Punch 'n Pie or Something Positive, not as much. Not sure why. (Actually, I know exactly why, but this isn't the place to gripe.)
snipeyhead From: snipeyhead Date: August 21st, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why I said "generally speaking" :) I personally don't typically subscribe to LJ group RSS feeds if I'm already watching the feed in a feed reader. My friends page is already so flooded, and I barely get a chance to look at it - AND I've got that RSS in my reader.

Excellent point tho - I expect many people feel as you do and enjoy the extra discussion. :)
katayamma From: katayamma Date: August 20th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Going mobile?

How bout setting up a page/feed for mobile phone web users?
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: August 24th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Going mobile?

Okay, sure. What do you need besides the existing feed?

(Note: If you need a different version of the image, I can't help you. Besides, phones are catching up -- you'll be able to consume this feed and read it no trouble on any mobile device you care to use in a couple of years.)
katayamma From: katayamma Date: August 26th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Going mobile?

Mostly narrower content. It would be sweet if your site could auto-detect mobile browsers and switch to a narrow format page without all the framework/columns that are so popular with current page styles.

Of course, lack of flash/java is useful to as those are quite iffy on the mobile folks.
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