What most of you don’t know (I can tell this by looking at my FeedBurner stats) is that next to the main RSS Feed (dubbed “Bram.us – Days in the Life of a Geezer named Bramus!”) a second feed (dubbed “Bram.us – Elsewhere than the Life of a Geezer named Bramus!”) is offered here at bram.us. The feed is generated from content I enter through a nifty WordPress Plugin named fQuick, created by Fredrik Fahlstad, allowing you to hold and maintain a Linklog.
In exactly one year time (fQuick has been installed for exactly 1 year now) I have entered just under 1000 entries, as you can see in The Elsewhere Archive. During this year I have found myself tweaking the code from the original plugin to make managing it more comfortable than ever as fQuick has been stuck at version 1.2 over more than one and a half years (Last update was on nov 7, 2005):
- One of the first things I had changed was the output in the sidebar to fit my style (some HTML fiddling).
- Later on the archives page followed to provide neat list, grouped by date (some PHP and MySQL fiddling).
- Other aesthetic tweak was done at the admin manage page: only the last 50 entries are shown and the URIs are cut at 50 chars preventing the page from generating horizontal scrollbars (some PHP, MySQL and HTML fiddling)
- Last but not least I fixed the RSS feed. The original script didn’t use CDATA tags to wrap around the description of each item, making the use of HTML into the description field of the fQuick useless as it would break the feed’s validity
- (Not really a tweak, but I’ve not hardcoded a redirect to the FeedBurner-version of the feed … should make that configurable from within the admin options page)
Now, I was wondering if I should release these little tweaks as Fredrik has written instructions on to creating SideNotes with comments support a little while ago …