Syndication: Blogging From Square One
When writing our blog software, it was interesting to
witness the syndication infrastructure that many bloggers take for granted. As previously noted, we had some initial
problems with RSS feeds being accepted and added to certain aggregators. After various phone calls and emails it was
interesting to see how infantile and fragile these syndication directories
currently are. Without naming any names
(rhymes with fondue), we had the privilege of pointing out a few critical
issues which prevented the addition of our RSS content.
To help counter further problematic scenarios, and mostly
just to ensure the content in your favorite aggregator is fresh and up to date,
we have recently gone live with new XML RPC functionality which pings over 40
RSS aggregators / directories all over the world each time a new blog entry is
published. So, if you are new to this
blog and are visiting from your favorite aggregator, welcome!