Today I felt like tidying a bit Planet WordPress, an unofficial aggregation of feeds about WordPress I've been maintaining for about 2 years now. The thing was fetching about 80 feeds, of which about a half were… dead, missing in action, or just inactive.
It quickly appeared to me than manually reviewing 80 feeds would be tedious. And it quickly appeared to me that it could be fun doing something that would make the task easier. One recycling of an Ajax Header Checker I wrote some month ago to learn a bit of Ajax, and two hours later I was happy with my brand new and shiny Ajax Multi Feed Checker! The thing is really a must-have for anyone aggregating more than a couple dozens of feeds.
About Planet WordPress: the little planet has been gaining readership since it went up, and I really like the fact of tracking unofficial blogs about WordPress that deserve it.
If you have a blog and write about WordPress from time to time (code, plugin, themes, thoughts, anything really), feel free to apply for the planet (there are a few easy rules but I've never turned anyone down yet). I think it's a really efficient way to gain exposure for the lesser-and-should-be known blogs (currently the planet has about 550 readers).
And if you haven't already, add it to your feed reader. Enjoy every day reading and discovering smart stuff and clever thoughts about your favorite blogging software.
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