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Lazy Blogging with Postalicious

Weekend Links ScreenshotYou guys have probably noticed [and hopefully found useful] my “Weekend Links” series that I post at the end of every week.  In this post, I would like to share my method of doing these posts quickly and efficiently.

Problem

I want to share my Google Reader shared items on a weekly links posts.  Generate these weekly links posts manually takes a lot of time.  Postalicious lets you do this all automatically, but the newer version of Postalicious was buggy for me when I tried it (2.5rc4 at the time).  Postalicious version 2.0rc6 has an option for you to use Google Reader, but this option is grayed out by default unless you overwrite one of the core WordPress files (rss.php).

Solution

I used version 2.0rc6, and got around modifying the core WordPress file by feeding my Google Reader feed through Yahoo! Pipes and then back to Postalicious.  Let’s go through the setup step by step.

Google Reader Setup

  1. Log into your Google Reader account and you should be presented with your overview page.
  2. Select the “Shared Items” folder on the left hand side navigation.
    Google Reader Shared Items Folder
  3. Click the link to bring you to your public page.
    Google Reader Shared Page Link
  4. Grab the “Atom Feed” URL from the right hand side of the page.
    Google Reader Shared Page
  5. Remember this Atom Feed URL as you will use it in the next step.

Yahoo Pipes Setup

  1. Go to my Google Reader to Postalicious 2.0rc6 Yahoo! Pipes.
  2. Enter the Google Reader Atom Feed URL you found in the previous section, run the pipe, then grab the RSS feed from the “Get as RSS” link.
    Yahoo! Pipes Get RSS
  3. Remember this RSS URL as you will use it in the next step.

Postalicious Setup

  1. Download and activate the Postalicious WordPress plugin.
  2. Go to your Postalicious settings page and configure the plugin to use Yahoo! Pipes with the RSS URL from the previous step.
    Postalicious Settings
  3. I also recommend looking at other possible configurations of the plugin.  For example, I highly recommend that you select “Post as drafts”.  That way you get a chance to review and modify the post before it gets published.

Weekly Routine

  1. Now whenever I’m reading articles in Google Reader, I just hit the “Share” button below the article to include the post into my upcoming “Weekend Links” post.
    Google Reader Share
  2. At the end of the week, I just open the draft post created by Postalicious for review, tagging, and publishing.
    Postalicious Draft Posts

Conclusion

I love that I am able to automatically generate a weekly top related links post and not spend any extra time than I already do when reading through articles in my niche.  Please comment to let me know if this method works for you.  Also please let me know if you have a more streamlined way of achieving this same task.  I would love to experiment with it.

6 Responses to “Lazy Blogging with Postalicious”

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  1. Simon

    Great post! I will give it a try. Will see in a week if it works. But I have to admit is a pace of cake to instal it!

  2. Ty Bone

    @Simon
    Thank you. I really believe that Yahoo! Pipes is quite a useful platform. For example, I am able to pipe my Nike+ runs and have it updated to my friendfeed account with ease. I love it.

  3. redwall_hp

    Well, that's certainly an easy way to do weekly speedlinking posts. I still put them together by hand, bookmarking interesting pages throughout the week and assembling my "BlogBuzz" post when I hit my deadline.

    I use NewsFire for my feed reading anyway, so it's not like I have a convenient "Share" button to click. 🙂

  4. Ty Bone

    @redwall_hp
    Is there any reason why you like NewsFire more than Google Reader? Have you tried Google Reader?

  5. redwall_hp

    I did try it awhile back, but I never got comfortable with it. I very much like NewsFire. It sits in my dock with an unread items count, and I have it configured to read feeds in a slightly unconventional way seems to work well for me.

  6. Ty Bone

    I guess I'll have to try out NewsFire whenever I get a Mac OS :P.

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