I was playing around with my blogroll and decided I had too many links. I decided to find out how to import articles from Google Reader (my feed reader of choice) into an RSS widget on WordPress. Sounded easy, ended up being a bit of a pain thanks to broken hacks and a proliferation of outdated information. Here’s my easy, working-for-now solution:
- Sign up for a Google+ account – 3 clicks and you’re done if you already have a Google account
- Go to Google Reader and share a few items with the +1 button at the bottom of each post:
- Click ‘Add names, circles, or email addresses’ and select ‘Public’:
- Go back to Google+, click ‘Profile’ in the left-side navigation bar, and make sure your items posted properly.
- Next get your Google+ user number from the URL, shown in bold: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111071894876922243184/posts
- Paste at the end of this URL to turn it into an RSS feed: http://gplus-to-rss.appspot.com/rss/111071894876922243184
- If all went well you’ll get a standard RSS subscription page and you can use the link however you like.
- To embed the feed in a WordPress site, go to your dashboard and click ‘Appearance > Widgets’. Drag the RSS widget to the sidebar:
- Expand the widget, drop in the URL, give it a name and save your changes. Voila!