Easy blogrolls

September 4, 2008

One of my 23 things colleagues has just started her own blog (Yay Anne). She was talking about how difficult it was to add her blogroll by typing them in one at a time. I remembered that I didn’t do it that way but had to then remember just how I did do it.

This is how.

How to import links

In the add link section in the WordPress.com dashboard is an “Import Links” link. If you click on it you will see an option to import an OPML file either from a web address or locally.

To get your OPML file from Google reader go to “manage subscriptions” at the bottom of your feeds list. Then you will see an “Import/Export” tab. If you click the “Export your subscriptions as an OPML file” you can save all your feeds which you can then import to your blogroll. Unfortunately at neither end of the process to you get to choose a subset of your links to display. The only way would be to categorize your links or delete the ones that you do not want to show. A painfull process when I have 110 subscriptions.

I did mine from Feeddemon which allows you to select a particular folder to export. A very useful feature.

There is another way which Google Reader provides that you may see used. In the “Settings” under “Folders and tags” there is an option to make a folder public. If you do you will get a link “add blogroll to your site”. This gives a handy script for a widget which you could paste into a text widget to display a dynamic blogroll from just one folder. Except if you are using WordPress.com who do not allow javascript to be used for security reasons. 😦

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2 Responses to “Easy blogrolls”

  1. ais4anne Says:

    Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the blogrolls tip, Sue. I’ll give it a go later on tonight (eastern time 🙂

  2. ais4anne Says:

    This how-to worked really well. When I imported the OPML file, the resulting list was all imported items (55 feeds) plus those blogs that were already there (the ones I had manually added); the duplicates were easy to spot, so I deleted those and some others by simply marking and deleting. It would be good to be able to select in Google Reader those feeds that I want to export, but this is a good workaround.


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