Here’s a way to guarantee at least one post per day on your blog: Use del.icio.us.
This cleverly-named site lets you bookmark sites you like, and then organize those bookmarks.
You’ve probably already bookmarked a particular page somewhere on the web, at some point, by clicking ‘bookmark this’ in Internet Explorer or Firefox. Del.icio.us does the same thing, only online.
But it goes beyond that – you can have del.icio.us automatically post your bookmarks for the day to your blog, like this. Here’s how:
- Make sure you know your blog editing username and password. You’ll need these.
- Find out your blog ID. Don’t fret. Your webmaster can tell you if no one else can.
- Then find the XML-RPC login page for your blog. AUGH, you say! Gibberish! Geekspeak! Don’t worry, it’s not that bad. Every blogging system worth its salt has this ‘hook’ so that third-party tools, like del.icio.us, can get your information: WordPress instructions are here. Movable type instructions are here. If you’re stuck, talk to your webmaster, or contact the help folks for your blogging system.
- Go to del.icio.us. Create an account.
- Click ‘help’ at the top-right corner of your screen.
- Find ‘Bookmarking’ on the help screen:
- Click the bookmark that matches your browser, and then follow their instructions to install it.
- You now have a button, in your button bar, that lets you instantly add a link to your del.icio.us account.
- Whew. Play with it for a while. When you find a web site or page you like, click the del.icio.us button you just added. Then log into your del.icio.us account and click ‘your bookmarks’. Neat!!!
- If you’ve walked away for a while, log back into del.icio.us and click ‘help’ again.
- At the bottom of the page, on the right, click ‘daily blog posting’.
- Click ‘add a new thingy’.
- For the job_name, enter whatever you like. Enter your editing username for out_name. Enter your editing password for out_pass. Enter your XML-RPC address for the out_url.
- Now enter the hour (GMT) at which time you’d like del.icio.us to post your links to your blog.
- Finally, enter your blog ID. You can ignore the cat_id.
- Click ‘submit’.
Wait 24 hours. If all went well, you’ll have a new blog entry appear, like magic. It’ll list the sites you’ve bookmarked in the last 24 hours, as well as the description, tags and title.
Note: Tags are a whole other concept. Consider them keywords that classify your bookmark. You can leave them blank, if you want to.