December 14, 2006

Launching 'BStir' - Surprise your blog readers

Today, I launched a new service called BStir as a part of Stuff-a-Blog series. This is simple, useful and yet fun for bloggers to please their reader community. Any blog can make use of this service to surprise its readers with a random post from the archives. Give a new life to all the excellent posts you've written in the past...

Its easy to customize the look and feel of the random post to include just the title, or wrap it with a border. You can further set keyword criteria to control the selection of random posts, and limit the number of posts to display.



Here is all that you have to do... Goto BStir, and enter your blog-site in the form. Get the code, and Paste it in your blog. This service is based on the results from Google Blog-search.

You can find samples of BStir on this page (Its titled 'Musings in the past'). Hope you all like it! Enjoy blogging~

7 Comments:

manuscrypts said...

amazing stuff... now an application can cover up my blogger's blocks ;)

Jitendra Chaudhary said...

nice tool.
But it did not work for my Hindi blog (Unicode). When can you start providing Unicode Support.

Seshu Karthick Tanveer said...

The unicode support has now been added to BStir. Enjoy blogging...

Aaron said...

This is VERY cool! I will be implementing it on my blog immediately, and letting my readers know about it as well.

One problem that I found is with the titles of the retrieved blog posts whenever they have special characters in them. A lot of my post titles have quotations marks, hyphens, colons and semi-colons, etc. At present they come out formatted very badly.

I tried both different types of character encoding, but got funky results with both.

Is there a way to fix that?

Seshu Karthick said...

If you have trouble displaying special characters, here is a fix:

In the <head> section of your website, make sure you have this line.

< meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

Charles Kinney, Jr. said...

Thank you for this! Great site by the way.

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