A few people requested that I remove beer check-ins from my man RSS. I supposed they are not fans of craft ales. Or perhaps they don’t drink alcohol and watching me kill brain cells turns them off. I don’t know. I was too baffled by the request to ask the “why”.
But I thought it over and decided that I would not be removing any content, beer or other, from my main RSS feed. Some of my readers are craft ale enthusiasts and enjoy seeing what I am drinking. For example, Brandon Kraft who sometimes live blogs when he attends beer festivals. He also wrote some WordPress plugin code to import his Untappd beer check-ins to his blog. The plugin is in early development but I have been testing it out for a few months. His beer-slurper a lot less prone to breakage than my current method but still needs work on the aesthetics. Brandon discovered my blog because he saw one of my beer check-ins. Removing beer check-ins means removing from the RSS feed of anyone who’s already enjoying my feed this way.
But, the real problem I have with removing the beer check-ins is that the feed would not be representative of the whole me. The website is all of me, beer and all.
So beer check-ins are staying but I’m providing a choice. The default RSS feed will have all content, including beer and Foursquare check-ins. I have created customized feeds one of which includes everything I post except for beer and Foursquare check-ins. If you want a specific category I have provided feed links for that as well. All RSS feed links can be found in the footer of the website. I am still looking for a way for new readers to select from a list of RSS feeds when they enter the website URL into a feed reader.
Customised RSS Feeds