Re:-blogging

Oh, the Recursion!

I don’t only blog.  I also save items I’ve read – blog posts, news articles, items from magazines – and form them into feeds.  Usually, I’ll try to comment on the item and give my own perspective.  That is, I reblog.

I do this to provide what I think are interesting and useful posts from a wide variety of sources for the benefit of my colleagues and students.  I also do this to further voice my opinion by building on what’s already been written, rather than rewriting everything from scratch.

It’s one of the lovely features of Google Reader.  You can tag and share items.  Each tag can be made into a public RSS feed.  So you can either follow everything I share, or you can follow based only on topics (tags) that interest you.  There’s lots of topics, so your best bet is to go to my Netvibes page and browse the various feeds there on politics, technology, atheism, society, science, and of course design.

Blogger gets new themes

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Blogger gets new themes and theme development features.

How does Google do it?  They keep producing all this great stuff!  This time, it’s new theming capabilities for their blog service, Blogger.  Yes, many people have become a little bored with the relatively stale themes that Blogger offers.  They’ve added several new, very fresh themes, and more functionality to tweak existent themes and create your own.

You can see one of these themes at my nascent productivity blog: Do Fast and Well.

The new stuff is currently only available via the “beta” blogger site: Blogger in Draft, which provides an illuminating write-up about the new features.  Besides the fresh look of the new themes, there’s a lot more flexibility in terms of matching colours of gadgets to the theme, varying the background images, and layout of columns and where gadgets appear.

Google ain’t perfect, but they’re sure getting close!