This past weekend, I added another news feed to blogs4God. Specifically Facing the Challenge of our times. So rather than take my own medicine from May 13, and use Perl with XML::RSSLite to read a feed, I decided to face the challenge using PHP. Specifically MagpieRSS. Works like a charm.
Afterwhich, I decided to send the nice people at Facing the Challenge (FtC) with an email asking them if they would be interested in what I did and how. This morning, I received a nice, and encouraging not from David Couchman over at FtC, who like myself, is frustrated “apparent reluctance of Christian webmasters to use RSS feeds – either by providing one from their own sites, or by incorporating feeds from other sites, such as ours.” Can I hear an amen?!
David goes on to speculate that “they perceive the whole business of RSS/XML as technically complicated.” On this point I both agree and disagree. As you know, last July I sent out ‘An Open Letter to Christian Media Outlets.’ Responses varied. The most encouraging was that from the good people who went so far as to build an API for the ESV Bible. One of the concerns expressed from more than one respondent was over theft of their intellectual property. I can’t say I blame them.