Please Ignore the blog construction


Time to whip this blog into shape.  I really like what some of my co-workers have been up to. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep up the 3 column view.  The first thing I've done is add my own "login" link to my blog. My link, unfortunately, doesn't know if you are logged in, but if you get to my blog and you want to long in you can click that and it will take you back to my blog instead of the default site.


Comments (8)
  1. geoff.appleby says:

    If you guys are able to write your own blog skins (actual skins, not just CSS overrides) then you probably only need to add <CS:DisplayUserWelcome runat="server" /> to the Skin-DisplayTitle.ascx in the blog skin.

  2. michkap says:

    My tip for the day. 🙂

    If you add the http:// to your login ReturnUrl, you can get the one redirect warning rather than the multiple warnings for every navigation….

  3. michkap says:

    I meant the whole http://blogs.msdn.com of course.

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    Nope, just overrides. I would LOVE to have that added though.

  5. MSDNArchive says:

    Good idea. That will help a little.

  6. davidlem says:

    Hey Josh, I reckon you go with the three columns, they provide a better structure when pimping your blog 😉

  7. Joku says:

    I understand that I may use the RSS reader. (And I do) However I still go to the link in the RSS, so that the blog owner will get a hint that I had interest in the article. Now the ‘issue’:

    Given that there is thousands of MSDN blogs, would it not make more sense that there was few templates that would be flexible enough to be applied to every MSDN blog? A cookie would then store which style of blog-look I prefer and use this to give equally pleasant experience all over the MSDN blogs (or any blog ?).

    Of course I can read the feed only in SharpReader, but then you do not know if I read it and SharpReaders own rendering of code samples etc trickier stuff often fails. It would much better serve blogs and their readers if there were professionally designed templates that would be just applied over the xml and instead of being feeds of multiple posts, every post used xml and given template and some postback trick to let the blog owner know how long I had the post visible on my screen etc.

    And it would be cool if I could just point my finger at some text display too, then putting two fingers together would cut or copy it.. MS when is the Tablet tech coming to every display? You should not glue it to just tablet pc’s damn it.

  8. Josh Ledgard says:

    I guess I disagree that there should only be a few templates for the blogs. I’d like to retain a little bit of individuality despite working for "the borg".

    Regarding user chosen skins… Thats an interesting suggestion for the Community Server guys. I know they are listening to some of these conversations. It also opens of the question of how much control of the content viewing should I have as a content creator. Personally I use RSSBandit. It supports theming of the RSS so I get what I want. As far as knowing that your reading… I know a few people are reading and I’ll personally keep posting regardless of how many (or few in my case) people read this blog since I generally use it as an online information storage medium for me to collect my thoughts on different subjects. 🙂

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