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What to do with my website?
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A few years ago, I decided to leave LiveJournal and host my own Wordpress blog on my own domain. That was fun for a while but I missed the community part of LJ so I came back, but my website's been sitting there doing nothing ever since, and since I crossposted all of my posts between my blog and LJ (mostly, see below!) I have my LJ invisible to Google to avoid duplicate content penalties.

I'd like to actually do something with my website now, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what. I thought about aggregating all of my content together like FriendFeed does, but I'd want a little more... control than that: one LJ post is more important than a whole day's twitters, etc.

And to complicate things further, when I was crossposting to LJ from Wordpress, I had it configured to point people at my Wordpress blog for "read more" and comments, so I want to at least keep that available, even if only via direct links.

I think I'd want to combine LJ, Twitter and Flickr. Maybe Delicious.

Anyone have any ideas -- either presentation or back-end -- as to the best way to go about doing that? I'm really not coming up with much.

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tumblr can manage most of that, at least going forward. I have the root of http://sungo.us redirect to live.sungo.us which is a tumblr. everything else is still available via the original url. the tumblr picks up on my rss feed as well because I use my old blog to post to ironman. it'll do twitter, delicious, etc etc as well arbitrary rss (which is probably how I'd integrate flickr).

Anyway, just a thought. That's how I've started managing my mess.

You could delete it all and put up tons of advertising, spam, and porn?

That will make us lots of money amirite?

i like the idea of making some kinds of content more important than other kinds. i can sort of picture it, though, where twitter posts might be in a smaller font or some such. not sure... hmmm...

What I pictured was all the twitter posts being one "post", so you'd get something like this -- but in the end I got lazy, and I'm going to embed my LJ on my website and have flickr and twitter widgets on it.

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[twitter icon] I'm eating lunch. {15 minutes ago}

Man, the TTC sure is slow. {2 hours ago}

Time for bed! {9 hours ago}

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[LJ icon] Let me tell you about my day. {10 hours ago}

Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs
of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs
and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog
post.

Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs
of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs
and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog
post.

Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs
of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs
and paragraphs of blog post. Paragraphs and paragraphs of blog
post.

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[twitter icon] I'm eating dinner. {12 hours ago}

Man, the TTC sure is slow. {14 hours ago}

Check out this video! {15 hours ago}

I'm eating lunch. {18 hours ago}

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[flickr icon]

[photo] [photo] [photo]


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What I did recently at Netninja was an initial landing page with a grid of the various types of things I've been posting to the Internet: blog posts, Flickr images, Tweets, etc. I didn't want to clutter up the sidebar with a whole lot of "me, me, me" and instead use it to feature comments by others, popular posts, and whatnot. It's a design I came up with a few months ago at WordCamp and is still a work in progress, but is at least heading in the right direction.

I used to do the Wordpress-crossposting-to-LJ thing, but it would sometimes do weird stuff (especially when LiveJournal was down) and was a little confusing to inexperienced LJ users. I instead opted for the simple and robust LiveJournal Syndicated account of the RSS.

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