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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Automate Your Blogroll With Google Reader

This is a little off-topic for me (I’m certainly not a web geek),

but since I tweeted about it this morning, I’ve received three emails asking me how. So here we go.

If you use Google Reader, and want to automate your subscription list, or some part of it, on your blog, this is how:

Open Google Reader and click on “Settings.”

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On the next page, click on “Subscriptions.”

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Check the checkbox on the left for each blog you want to add to your blogroll, then click “Add to a folder…” You’ll be offered a chance to create a new folder. I named mine “blogroll.” Now go to “Folders and Tags.” You may have to go back to Google Reader’s home page and back again to force the folder list to update. Click on the RSS feed icon. It turns orange, and a row of links appears.

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Click on “add a blogroll to your site.”

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In the next screen, title your blogroll however you’d like it, and pick a color scheme.

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Copy all of the text in the main text box (after you enter your title), and use whatever appropriate means your blog or website uses to enter HTML. In WordPress, use a “Text” widget. If you know your way around in HTML, and you decide to change the title of your blogroll, you can do it here, but I’m a big sissy, and I went back to Google to do it.

Voila! Every time you add or subtract a blog (or any other subscription Google Reader recognizes) to the folder you created above, the blogroll on your blog will update itself.

Isn’t magic cool?

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