So, I’ve continued messing around with the blog because I love getting involved on mini-tech projects. This time I installed about a dozen plugins and went to town making sure they work exactly how I want them to. Most of them are “under the hood” type stuff, but there are a couple that you’ll notice and possibly take advantage of.
RosenBlog for Gamers
So, I don’t officially call my blog the RosenBlog, but I very well might in the near future… The point, however, is that you can now view my blog in an optimized format on the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Playstation Portable (PSP), or the Apple iPhone. Each browser displays a tiny bit differently, and now I’m set to optimize for each of those browser configurations.
(Sorry, I don’t have screenshots…)
The Greet Box is kind of fun and new. Depending on how you get to the blog, you may find a semi-personalized message for you as you access a specific post. For Example, when coming from a Facebook.com link you might see the following:
These messages are pretty discreet and are easily closeable. I think it’s kind of a fun way to encourage spreading the word… This also works for those who come in from Digg, Reddit, or all by themselves (displays a recommendation to add an RSS feed). Nothing too huge, but kind of fun.
Sociable is a simple sharing tool that gives a reader quick access to the correct link in order to share a specific post with the rest of the world. You should see the following buttons beneath every post if you visit the actual post page (not just the main page with multiple posts listed).
Now my readers can post comments with their Facebook ID which does a couple different things… One, it makes them a “user” more or less that can have their comments tracked on the site (I think – pretty sure). The other is that it allows users to post directly to their Facebook Feed that they have visited my site and commented on one of the posts.
You’ll notice below (if you’re on the single post page, not the main feed homepage) that you now see the Facebook Connect button:
(Note that I hate the way it is currently formatted and I will be modifying it as soon as I can find the right code… The padding and the text above the button are hidden away in some .php file within the plugin, and I’m not finding it.)
Once logged in, you’ll see this fun addition to the corner of your browser window:
Once you’re logged in and setup you just jump down to the comments box, input your text and it will post your information while your credentials come from Facebook.
You’ll have the standard Facebook stuff pop up and ask you a couple questions (like if you want to post a note in your profile feed or not) and then your comment will be up for moderation. Nothing super amazingly spectacular, but I’m all about providing options to people, and I think this one is kind of cool.
Ok, so this one isn’t one that the rest of you can see, but I think it’s cool enough to share… I installed Statpress to do some simple analytics work for me. Nothing super spectacular (though I can install a couple other plugins that would work in coordination with this one to provide a LOT of info), but I think it is pretty cool to get some basic information from my users in terms of how they got to the blog and what they’re checking out. I don’t get tons of traffic, nor do I care all that much, but I like to feed my curiosity every once in a while.
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That’s about it! Just thought I’d share some things. Nothing huge to update in the personal life other than that I’m enjoying the summer and my friends. Definitely looking forward to Travis and Annie visiting (likely) around Thanksgiving, and I’m pumped for Tony’s wedding in September. Also, I turn OLD on July 6th… Weird…