May. 22, 2008 at 1:39pm

Can't keep up

How the hell do ya'll keep up on all of these blogs?

I've had a busy, away from home few days and now I'm way behind. I've missed so much and I can't catch up. I've been at it all morning, with only a few breaks for personal e-mails and IM conversations. I have two blogs that are burning to be written (gotta give props to Old Town Cycle and Hotel Murano) and it is 1:42 and I should really be preparing for camping this weekend instead of sitting with a laptop.

I don't have a job. I don't have kids. I don't keep the house very clean.

I volunteer about 10 hours a week at two places, am coordinating our upcoming kitchen remodel, and am trying to start a vegetable garden. I try to bike or use public transportation, which eats some time since I guess I live in Suburbia. I have one low-maintenance fiance and even lower maintenance dog and cat. I have friends. I try to read the News Tribune. I try to keep up on the forums at Exit 133 and read the feed>>tacoma blogs. I watch Top Chef and The Office. I cannot keep up. How is this possible? Am I living in a time warp?

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by AP on 5/22/2008 @ 2:54pm
I was wondering the other day if the Recent Posts field should go from showing 5 to 10 links? Now that there are so many people posting.. Would this help you in the 2-days behind situation, Heather?

Or perhaps even make it expandable from 5 to 10 to 20 recent posts? I don't know the limits or the desires of you feed>>programmers...so I shall not make demands at this time.

by KevinFreitas on 5/22/2008 @ 2:59pm
Since there's only one such programmer (e.g. Yours Truly) I do take requests. I also have an idea for a completely new view of the forums (rather than just the forum and topic listings) that should help. For now, however, a quick solution might be to allow folks to expand that area on the homepage. Maybe a "show 5 more" option.

Subscribing to the forums via the RSS feed is also another great way to go. That way you have a list of what's been going on that you can view in your Google or other reader. Nice thing is that it has forum posts as well as any commenting that happens on someone's i.feed blog.

by thriceallamerican on 5/22/2008 @ 5:17pm
Kevin, even just separating basic forum posts from i.FeedTacoma.com updates might make a difference, two lists instead of one since they're sort of innately different in my eyes.

by Free the Bridge on 5/22/2008 @ 7:02pm
It's funny- I was just talking with Erik about this.

I think FeedTacoma has much more potential for community building but is limited by its format. It's sort of like a post doesn't exist unless it shows up under the recent posts- makes it hard to increase awareness of efforts like Free the Bridge.

I'm curious to hear your ideas Kevin. I've been thinking of a few too: feedTracker, customized FeedTacoma home pages (ala google).

I concur with Thrice- the recent forum posts could be on their own.

by ensie on 5/22/2008 @ 11:08pm
Don't forget that you can also go to the Discussion page and see what is new. Today's discussions show up in green and yesterday's in blue. This is true for blogs too (at least for i.feedtacoma blogs).

But honestly, I would never get anywhere without an RSS feed as Kevin suggested. The easiest to use is Google. Anytime anyone on my feed updates I know. I thought I was doing fine previously, but didn't realize how much I was missing until I got "feeded."


Hello! I'm Heather and I'm a bit manic about Tacoma.

I'll probably be blogging about my experiences in Tacoma as they relate to the environment (natural and built), social (in)justice, community building, economic development, bio-diesel, public transit, biking, gardening, home improvement, food & wine, and my little family (me, my husband, one dog, one cat). This is my first attempt at writing a blog - so please bear with me.

Contact: heather.ups@gmail.com

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