You have chosen the path of specification. Let’s make sure we fetch the right things so everyone is happy.

In this case you will need to do a bit of work to find the correct URLs for your blog’s category / tagged posts and it’s RSS Feed. Just a wee bit of work. Use the method that matches your blog platform:

WordPress (self hosted or WordPress.com)

  1. Make sure you’ve published at least one post with the category or tag you’re going to use for Networked Narratives.
  2. Look closely at the post. There’s a good chance the tag or category is going to show up somewhere on the page. It may be under the title, at the bottom of the post, or in the sidebar. That tag or category should show up somewhere. Find it. Click on it.
  3. Now look at the URL on that page. Look up in the browser bar.
  4. There are two ways it can look- most newer WordPress sites will use the pretty way with human words between the slashes. Older self hosted sites may use the ugly way with a bunch of ampersands, question marks, and equals signs.
  5. Use the following patterns to help figure out your individual feed. Please notice the pieces in italics below are specific to your site.

    Oh So Pretty Decide now if you will use a category or a tag. Categories are easy because it is just a check box when you write posts. The RSS Feed is made by adding /feed on the end of the URLs for the category/tag views.

    • Using a Category Your blog address will look like http://iamsocool.wordpress.com/category/digital-alchemy — the RSS Feed is http://iamsocool.wordpress.com/category/digital-alchemy/feed
    • Using a Tag Your blog address will look like http://iamsocool.wordpress.com/tag/netnarr — the RSS Feed is http://iamsocool.wordpress.com/tag/netnarr/feed

    Not So Pretty your URLs will have different numbers than the examples below. The RSS Feed is made by adding &feed=rss2 on the end of the URLs for the category/tag views.

    • Using a Category Your blog address may look like http://myselfhostedcoolblog.org/?cat=23http://myselfhostedcoolblog.org/?cat=23&feed=rss2
    • Using a Tag Your blog address will look like http://myselfhostedcoolblog.org/?tag=122 — the RSS Feed is http://myselfhostedcoolblog.org/?tag=122&feed=rss2

Blogger

Blogger sites use “Labels” to organize posts. If you are using a label “netnarr” on a Blogger site, your URL for your posts will look like http://hippytrippynewt.blogspot.com/posts/default/-/netnarr — and the corresponding RSS Feed looks like like http://hippytrippynewt.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/netnarr

Tumblr

Tumblr blogs use tags to organize posts. If you use a “netnarr” tag in your tumblr site to indicated which posts are related to this course, the link to your posts will look like http://moretolifethangifs.tumblr.com/tagged/netnarr/ Just add on a /rss to make it into the corresponding RSS feed for those tagged posts, like http://moretolifethangifs.tumblr.com/tagged/netnarr/rss

Once you have these two URLs, you are ready to connect your blog so we syndicate only the posts you have marked with a category, tag, or label.

With these URLs I am ready to forge ahead


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