Thursday 5 February 2009

Sharing bookmarks from your blog with Delicious

For South African bloggers who want to share their bookmarks.

To provide my blog's readers with the opportunity to check-out sites I like, I set-up my Delicious account today and added its widgets to my blog. Although it seemed simple, it took over 3 hours to get the foundation right:

1 Importing all my bookmarks into Delicious from Safari was easy: 10 minutes, tops.

2 Sharing useful bookmarks took about an hour, as it took me a while to work out that a 'Bulk Edit Beta' option existed... DOH!

3 Delicious used my Safari bookmarks folder structure to generate most two-word (and more) tags. Most of these are not relevant to my blog's readers (much as I'd love to share my bank's details or fireplace choices with you ;)), so removing these redundant tags was the next step. It's a three-step process to remove each tag, though. As Charlie Brown says, 'AAAUUUGH!' That was another hour; going, going, gone.

4 Adding the widgets, testing them on Safari and Firefox and refining them took another twenty minutes.

Anyway, it's done and I'm interested if you think it's been worth the effort? Post and let me know :)!

P.S. If you're on Delicious and like this blog, please add me to your network. Ta.

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