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Syndication Schedule Changes

We have a process that reads syndicated blogs from people and then publishes them here. It’s worked well, and allows people to have their own site, but get more exposure here. I actually use it, publishing a copy of my blog at Blogger and then having it read here. Gives me peace of mind to have a backup copy.

However this week I noticed an issue. A few times people have pinged me saying that they posted something and it didn’t appear that day. I hadn’t worried about it until the T-SQL Tuesday blog party. The rules for that party require that you get a post in on Tuesday, which for many people involves scheduling a post earlier.

So our process doesn’t pick it up on Monday (it’s scheduled) and while it probably comes in late Tuesday, it misses out on the blog party.

I submitted a ticket and asked for the way to run the process ad hoc. That way I could get my posts in and when people pinged me, I could just run it. However the Ops guys didn’t like that, so I got a response that they’d schedule it every 8 hours instead.

That works, and this post is a test to see if it actually works.

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 13 February 2010

I like that change.  Thanks for the update.

Posted by Gethyn Ellis on 13 February 2010

Hi Steve,

I would like to add my blog to the syndication list mentioned in your post, Could you please tell me what is the process for getting my blog added? thanks

Posted by Glenn Berry on 14 February 2010

That is a nice change, so now we won't have to wait 24 hours for a new post to show up syndicated here. Thanks!

Posted by Steve Jones on 14 February 2010

Ellis,

Send a note to the webmaster, or sjones, and I'll get it set up.

The post appeared, so within 8 hours, a post should appear.

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