techtalkblogs - a better way to join the conversation

techtalkblogs - a better way to join the conversation

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2 years ago, I put a call out to start the aussie .net blogger list.

This was a OPML file that I maintained and I kept this information as a blogroll on my blog as well.

We hit 100 members recently and it have subsequently grown to 123 members, but it has always been a manual process. People email me, and when I get around to it, I update the OPML.

There must be a better way.

Well, there is, and it's called TechTalkBlogs.

This project has been a dream of mine for a while. It provides a single aggregated view of all the local bloggers in the OPML, as well as the ability for bloggers to add/remove them selves from the list. I love it. No longer do I have to manual edit an OPML file in notepad again!

This gives us a a way to see the most up to date and interesting news items from around the local technology & blogging community. We have also included the Kiwi .NET Bloggers OPML, (as maintained by Nic Wise) so it's a truly ANZ community.  As of this evening, there were 173 active feeds.

The site has a neat feature to the aggregated feed - a "Thumbs Up".  If you see something you find interesting, go ahead and give it big Aussie thumbs up by clicking on the "Thumbs Up" Icon.  When you give a Thumbs Up, you are helping the community by helping TechTalkBlogs work out what are the most interesting stories floating around the blogosphere.

There is another part of the site, in which we have a guest blogger talking about particular topics. We are kicking off with Rocky Heckman, an Australian Security MVP, in which he will comment on security related issues (since we are about to undertake the upcoming Security Seminars) and keep an eye on conversation happening in the aggregated feed. Over the coming weeks/months, we will have other guest bloggers covering topics such as Windows Vista,  Atlas, and other topics of interest.

I also have lots of ideas to extend this. I can see it now, tags, folksonomy, feeds by category/tag, geotagging of feeds, maps, lists of top blog posters, mashups, etc, etc, etc. I'm getting ahead of myself 

So, want to know what the local IT Community is talking about?  Go to techtalkblogs. Have your say, join the conversation!

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  • Hi Frank - this is so cool.
  • Thanks Frank! I promise to make it a hit! With so many blogs to keep track of it can be hard to remember all the URLs.  For example the one in Frank's post here to my blog. :-) it's actually http://www.rockyh.net :-)

    Thanks!
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