Have a multi-author blog? Don’t forget about WordPress’s author RSS feeds

Let’s say you’re part of a blog that has more than one author.  You are reading one of those blogs right now.  Other examples in the category would be AllThingsD, TechCrunch, and WebWorkerDaily.  You’ll also want to execute a content outpost strategy using your RSS feeds.  Content outposts – I love that term that Chris Brogan came up with.  I find myself using it all the time. 

But in a multi author blog, you can’t use the main RSS feed in all of your outposts.  Facebook is a good example.  Holly imports the feed of this blog into Facebook so they are republished as notes in her news feed.  Biggest problem with that is that it brings in posts I write into her news feed.  I don’t terribly mind, but every once and awhile I write a very personalized post.  Like the one I wrote last week on my most significant tweets ever.  Or when my son Jude was born.  So now Holly’s news feed that goes out to all of her Facebook friends has an item in of my most important tweets.  I’m not sure her social graph is terribly interested in that.

But you can easily remedy this by using the feed of the author archives that are built into the WordPress.  To get to an author archive page for a particular user on your blog, type in http://yourblogname.com/author/username.  You can get an RSS feed of all the posts from the author by ammeding that URL with the /feed.  So it would look like http://yourblogname.com/author/username/feed

Take that feed URL and import into your Facebook profile.  Or setup Twitterfeed with it.  Or tumblr or any other outpost you are building. 


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6 Comments

  1. Posted April 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    That's a good idea. I knew this totally existed and never really thought about using it like this. At first pushing stuff to FB and Twitter is more about promoting Shiny New Toy and less about me. But I see what you mean… guess the lesson here is for me to post more often.

  2. Posted April 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    As I indicated to you via Twitter, it doesn't bother me. Just makes a muddier social graph experience for you, that's all.

  3. Posted July 12, 2009 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    As far as I can tell, this only applies to wordpress.com not wordpress.org

    http://jibbli.com

  4. Posted July 12, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Riley – author RSS feeds most definitely apply to wordpress.org powered sites

  5. Posted August 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much! I've been looking for this for weeks!

  6. Posted July 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much!
    This is exactly what I was looking for! I'm expanding my blog and had now idea how to to do that!

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