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Picture of Doodle - a 
black cat

Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

So have a rummage around the old cat basket and enjoy your time with us!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Blogroll anyone?

Apologies to all those who have Doodlecat blogrolled on their sites and wonder why I no longer display any links to their posts. It's not something you said, honestly!

Up in the top right hand corner of this page there used to be a wee blogroll that constantly changed to show the 5 latest posts from my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. It was a doddle to set up. Google Reader automatically generated a neat piece of code that I simply had to paste into a div and add a dash of CSS to make it blend into the page's design.

This worked a treat. Whenever a new post appeared on any blog that I subscribed to, it instantly appeared at the top of the blogroll, and the older ones moved down. Simples!

However, with the unnecessary demise of the excellent Google Reader, my blogroll disappeared too. Why did they do this to a service with millions of users? Probably it just wasn't new & sexy enough for ambitious Google wannabes to take on. After all, if you want to be a rising star, you have to be associated with the new cutting edge exciting stuff. So Reader was shunted into the sidings whilst the people who could/should have kept it running went off to join the Gingerbread and Jelly Bean feast in the boss's office.

Were I using blogger simply as blogger there would be no problem - just plug in a ready made widget. Doodlecat, however, is hand crafted, and this blog has been built and styled to blend seamlessly with the rest of the Doodlecat pages. Although it uses Blogger's engine for posts, the CSS and template design is my own.

So this is a plea for help. If anyone knows of an RSS reader that supplies a piece of html/javascript to do the same thing, or has any other suggestion, such as to how to incorporate and style a standard widget, I'd be glad to hear it.