26 September 2007
Brian Micklethwait’s feed problem and how to get around it

I am not the Supergeek who won’t answer the phone.  In fact, I’m not really a supergeek at all.  I just want to point that out in case anyone should read Brian’s two pieces (here and here) about his return to blogging and put two and two together.  And get to five.

However, I have been doing a bit of work for him here and there - mainly in the way of changing a font here and sorting out a template there.

In doing so I have been trying to get to the bottom of a problem that’s been really bugging a few of us - namely, that when you subscribe to Brian Micklethwait on Bloglines, posts frequently get lost.  Indeed, recently, I haven’t been getting any Brian posts at all.

I had assumed that the problem was at the Brian Micklethwait end but after numerous tests I came to the conclusion it wasn’t.  It is, in fact a Bloglines problem.  It would also appear that it is not unique - although still rare.  Even so, I know of no other blog so afflicted.  Bearing in mind that Bloglines is currently in the throes of moving over to its all-singing, all-dancing new version, I get the impression that it’s not a problem that’s going to be solved anytime soon.

Anyway, there is a workaround.  I’ve set Brian up with a Feedburner account which creates a feed that does (at least for the time being) seem to work on Bloglines.

So, if you’re a Brian and a Bloglines fan I suggest you subscribe to that.

Oh Bloglines!
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  1. I hate to tell you this, but this post right here did not come up in my Bloglines. If only I weren’t too lazy to switch to something else…

    Posted by Jackie Danicki on 29 September 2007 at 08:37am

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