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Forum topic by sras posted 09-15-2011 04:56 PM 961 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sras

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09-15-2011 04:56 PM

I enjoy the blogs section of LJs.

In particular, I like following the blog series that go through to process of creating a project.

I can “watch” a blog post and keep up on any comments that are being posted about that post.

But, I can not “watch” a series. It would be nice to be able to “watch” a series so that when a new post is added I get notified.

Sometimes, I am following a blog series and I miss out because a post was added and I did not see it. I eventually catch up, but it seems like a “watch” feature for a series would be a nice addition.

Hope that makes sense…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive


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#1 posted 09-15-2011 05:04 PM

I was just thinking this same thing. I don’t blog much, but what I’ve done is to add a comment to the previous entry that links to the new one. That way, if someone is following the individual blog, they get a notification that the new one is available.

You can see at the bottom of the comments in this one: http://lumberjocks.com/JamesVavra/blog/25459

It does, however, mean that they need to “watch” each subsequent posting in the series. So being able to watch the whole series would be better in my opinion.

James

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 05:16 PM

+1 for that.

currently the only way to do that is to add the blog author as a buddy, but you still don’t get updates on new posts on the blog itself.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 05:58 PM

I’ve often thought it would be a good idea too.

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 06:09 PM

Ditto to all of the above.

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 06:42 PM

I’ve been thinking about this a little bit more.

Maybe instead of “watch” a series, we could use a choice for “notify”.

“Watch” is used to receive notice about a comment on a post.

“Notify” may be a way to receive notice for a new post on a blog. Might be helpful to use a different name since the purpose is a little different…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 06:43 PM

^I would love that. I lose track of blogs that I really want to follow.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 07:07 PM

Actually, I like Steve’s 2nd suggestion a whole lot better. Good thinking!

James

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 07:37 PM

Yep, I’d say that would be a nice feature.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 08:06 PM

if you have the blogger of the serie as buddy you will get the notify when
a new blog is added to a serie :-)

maybee its possiple to do it … like the way we suscripe to a class like the bucketmaking stefang made

Dennis

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sras

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 08:22 PM

Using the buddy feature is a work around. But then I get notified of every post rather than posts on that specific blog series.

The class subscription is a good analogy. In fact one could “subscribe” to a blog series. Might be easier for a new user to understand since they do essentially the same thing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 09-15-2011 08:54 PM

Another work-around:

You ‘watch’ the most recent thread in a series.
When a blogger posts a new thread in the series, he adds a post to the previous thread so as to notify all the ‘watchers’.
You ‘UnWatch’ the previous thread, and start ‘watching’ the new thread.

This is like a dance though. It takes two to participate.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 09-15-2011 10:50 PM

+1, would add value to my life, plus more jocks might be enticed to start a ‘series’ for their projects, knowing there were followers.

-- Jim, North Vancouver, BC

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rance

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#13 posted 09-16-2011 01:48 AM

Can you imagine LJ adding different reports to the users? A printout of who is ‘watching’ your threads. Sorry, I can’t help it, I’m a programmer. Well, I was six months ago. :P

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 09-19-2011 05:46 PM

I was just looking at another Series. LJ already tracks the base of that series to show how many days since a new thread was added to a series. I would imagine that it wouldn’t be too big of a change to add a Watching button to track that page. I could be wrong though.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 09-19-2011 07:44 PM

I agree rance. It seems like an option that would not take much effort, but I guess it all depends on time and priority.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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