A reader emailed me yesterday requesting that I switch my feed from excerpts of my posts to full text. I was happy to oblige, and simply made some adjustments to the feed heater and purifier (shown above--click all images in this post to enlarge) which connects my blog to the readers. My posts enter in through the left, get processed, and emerge ready for use out the right. I don't think the grit extractor is working however, because the typos still seem to get through. Isn't it fascinating how the internet works? Now all of you using newsreaders to view the City Record can see the full post without having to come visit the City Record to read the entire post. Promise me you'll still come visit the actual blog once in a while--I like having people comment.
You will notice in the upper right-hand column a link that says "Subscribe to the City Record and Boston News-Letter". This makes it possible to quickly add the City Record to your own newsreader. I personally use the New England Newspaper Bureau to read my news:
Also in the right hand column is a box where you can submit your email address if you prefer to receive an email update each time I post. When you enter your email address it goes through this device:
I have received a slightly disapproving email asking about the placement of the Google ads in the actual posts. This is currently a test to gauge the efficacy of different ad placements. Readers who click on the Google ads help the City Record earn its keep.
I've turned my blog into a widget that you can then add to your own blog. Why one would do this, I'm not quite sure, but I'm always interested in new blogging ideas.
I'm currently working on the first City Record podcast, which will likely take the form of a narrated walking tour. I hope to finish soon, but I'm still learning the ins and outs of the podcast producer, which, as you can see, has a number of features:
Finally, if you've any interest in Boston history and would like to write or photograph something for the City Record, I'm always happy to hear ideas for contributions. Email me!