Saturday, May 21, 2011

Blogging: How to Import Your Delicious Bookmarks into Blogger

I just figured out how to make a linkroll on Delicious! 

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What's Delicious?  Delicious is a place to archive your online bookmarks, and organize them by tag.  I've found it to be very helpful in organizing my craft bookmarks, particularly because I read so many blogs and I have numerous ideas and goals.  Delicious helps me to know that I won't lose them!

I also use Delicious for other things, like education bookmarks, gift ideas, and shopping wishlists.  Here, again it helps because whenever someone asks me what I want for my birthday or Christmas, I have no idea what to tell them. Now I just look on my Delicious account for ideas.  And I don't worry about gift ideas being found on my account because there is an option to keep your bookmark private.

It also helps to curb the online shopping somehow. I think it's because I know I "have" it in Delicious, and if I really want to buy it, I can find it very easily from any computer.

Delicious can also help you reduce clutter in your home.  Ever tear out a page from a magazine just because you wanted to save one website or explore one item?  Well, you can keep these items virtually, and there's even an area where you can write notes to remind yourself why you wanted the bookmark in the first place!

The other cool thing about Delicious is that it is also a social network.  I haven't explored that aspect of it yet, but it's there. You can subscribe to other user's bookmarks and they can do the same for you.  You can also send bookmarks to other users.

Why Import? I decided to import my bookmarks because this way I know I can provide high-value content to my readers on an almost daily basis.  Reading craft blogs & newsletters, following twitter, and listening to podcasts are daily activities for me, and nary a day goes by that I do not link up to something I've found on Delicious.  However, for me, blogging is a less-frequent endeavor.  I feel bad that my readers have to wait so long in between posts because in reality I am very active on the web.  I have come to realize that people really do want to visit a daily blog.

OK, How? Importing your bookmarks is sooo easy! I don't know why I didn't do it before.   Follow my simple photo tutorial to do the same. :)

1. On your Delicious home page, scroll down to the very bottom and click "tools".

All the way at the bottom!

2.  Click on Linkrolls.

3.  On the Linkrolls page, scroll down to the Display Options, and make any changes you like.

I like to limit the search by tags, increase the number of links, change the title to be more descriptive, and uncheck the tag & notes boxes.

Like so.

4.  Now scroll up to the code box, and copy it, but leave the window open just in case!

5.  In Blogger, open to any field where HTML is accepted (Like an html code gadget, or right on a post like this one).

6.  Paste the code where you'd like the linkroll to appear.

7.  Save, and then admire your beautiful work! :)