Integrating Last.fm journal entries

I was so consumed with the site redesign that I nearly forgot what I was doing when I stumbled upon the andreas04 template. In fact, I was looking for a way to get my journal entries on Last.fm appear as regular blog entries here, or vice versa, or automatically duplicate them, or something. If I write about a new musical discovery, I'd like to have it appear in my reglar blog rather than languishing over at Last.fm (which offers some cool markup for artists, albums, tracks, genres and the like in its journal tools). Making my Last.fm journal entries appear in the sidebar is quite trivial using RSS, but I want them to be fully integrated as regular blog entries. A quick search didn't get me very far (although it did lead me to Blaze, where I discovered my new design). But then I came across Simon Wheatley's site, where he's done exactly what I wanted using a plugin called FeedWordPress. Beyond just Last.fm integration, this amazing tool can take any RSS feed and integrate it as blog entries directly in your site. I'm sure I can think of a few other uses for it. So now you'll see that my only Last.fm journal entry is now part of NorthSpace. Coolness.

The only glitch so far is that relative links from the original posting now point to 'northspace.com' instead of 'last.fm'. This is really all Last.fm's fault. Links in RSS feeds must be absolute, since they are supposed to be portable and platform-independent by definition.

Posted on July 21, 2006 and filed under Blogging, Site Design, Tunes.