This morning I thought I’d better start catching up. I embedded a simple (really!) script into the Grazr XML/OPML viewer. It gives access to Google blog search and displays the results in a rather fetching black Grazr three-pane panel. You can change the colour scheme easily enough.
Give it a try. Type "Euan Semple" into the search box. Or anything you like really:
It took minutes to do – I looked at someone else’s search and tweaked it to suit. It probably took ten minutes to set up, then the usual fiddling while I fine-tuned it and embedded it in the goozr page I mentioned above. I’ve hosted it on the tebbo server. This self-hosting was always a bit of an issue with Grazr: few people have access to their own, or a managed, server. And sticking it into the blogging platform (as I did with the Grazrs in the left sidebar) is not particularly easy. But Grazr now offers free hosting of feeds and OPML outlines. Problem solved.
All you will need is access to a browser, a connection to the internet and a willingness to dabble.
If you do dabble, I’d love to hear how you get on.
PS Looking at it from the browser, I see that it could definitely be better. So, complaints and constructive suggestions are welcome too.
PPS Seconds after posting the above a friend, David Terrar, landed on the blog because he wanted to include Grazr in his own blog and he knew that I’d done this. He knew nothing of today’s renewed interest, unless he’d somehow picked up my thoughtwaves.
Anyway we went from zero to a Grazr-hosted OPML file in just a few minutes. He exported the OPML from BlogLines, registered with Grazr, uploaded the file and filled in a form. Bingo! Grazr showed him what it would look like and offered him code that he could drop straight into WordPress.
His comment: "What a brilliant tool."