In case you hadn’t heard, our local newspaper publishers (Gazette-Times/Democrat Herald owned by Lee Enterprises) have taken a giant step future-ward with the launch of the new mid-valley voice social network. If you are not local, I would hazard a guess that other historically print based publishers are doing a similar thing to try to compensate for dwindling print subscriptions, so this article is not just for locals.
It just would not suit my personal agenda NOT to participate in a local community-based social network, so the first thing I did there was create a blog. However, I don’t really want to maintain yet another blog. Obviously I prefer to funnel the traffic to my own blog that I control. It would be ideal if the community blog would directly source posts via RSS. At first it did not seem to do that, so I created a yourminis RSS widget for Hot Dorkage. This is what it looks like.
Ordinarily you wouldn’t have a widget referring to a blog on the same blog, but this is kind of a meta post about blogging and techniques to drive traffic, so it’s OK–and you won’t go to HELL or get sucked into a vortex if you click it!
After a while I rechecked the community blog and it does seem to be picking up the Hot Dorkage posts after all in a manner of speaking. I guess I wasn’t patient enough. The blogging software at MVV seems to have quite a few features and a very nice editor. However I’m a little disturbed that the auto-sourced articles do not seem to link back at all to their original source, plus there’s nothing you can click to read the full article. Paradoxically, however, if you click the Stumbleupon link it DOES stumble the original article. (Of course nobody in the wild would actually stumble an article that they hadn’t been able to read yet!!) I assume that the digg and technorati links work the same. This also confirms that they *HAVE* the original, since CLEARLY the feed gives it to them. I am going to try to get support from the original developer, since the locals obviously haven’t figured out how to support their userbase yet.
You can check out my new auto-sourced blog on Mid-Valley Voice to see what I am talking about.