Verse of the Day autopost offer
Since moving over from my Movable Type blog, there has really been only one thing that I missed, and that was the ability to have the bible verse of the day on the site. This was pulled from the ESV Verse of the Day RSS feed, and then included on the site. Since Typepad doesn't have server-side scripting I wasn't able to do this.
Borrowing from the system I came up with to create the daily quote that is up the top of this blog, I've now got a script that creates a post on this blog containing the verse of the day. The script runs at 1:00am Sydney time (which is currently GMT+11 hours thanks to daylight savings) every day.
I'd like to offer this as a free service to anyone who's interested. Note, this will only work for people using blog software that can accept the metaWeblog XML-RPC API. TypePad & Movable Type both accept this, others will need to check with the makers of your blogging software.
To set this up I'll need a few things. For TypePad users it's very simple. You will need to give permission for the script to post to your blog. To simplify this process I have setup a user account on TypePad for this. All you have to do is send an Additional Author invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will set your site up. To send this invitation go to your weblog's controls and then go to Configure > Authors and you will see the invitation form at the bottom of the page.
For other blogging software users, like Movable Type, you will need to create an additional author in your software with the permission to post to your site, and then send an email to the above address with the following information:
- The location of your XML-RPC script. For Movable Type users this is likely to be something like
http://www.your-site.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-xmlrpc.cgi, but if you're not sure, email me the address of your site & we'll see if we can find it.
- Your blog ID number. If you only have one blog on your site then it's just 1, otherwise it's the number of the blog that you want the verse posted to.
- The username & password you set up.
Once you've sent that email, I'll add your site to the script and it will start posting to your site the next day (just as soon as I get around to adding it to the script :).
The post will consist of a title, which is "Verse of the Day: <verse_reference>" (eg. Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 13) and the body of the post will be a paragraph containing the verse & a link to the verse on the ESV site. The paragraph will have a class of
votd, so that you can format it as you like in your stylesheet.
For an example of this being used (on a site other than this one that is) have a look at Joel Blain's site.
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Tracked on Nov 6, 2004 12:18:58 PM