<h1>How to make a Life Feed</h1>
If you're like me you've got a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/aeioux">Flickr stream</a>, a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500920297">Facebook account</a>, you're posting blog posts on one or more <a href="http://www.steflewandowski.com">blogs</a>, saving your favourites on <a href="http://del.icio.us/aeioux">Delicious</a>, updating your status on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/aeioux">Twitter</a> and just generally publishing all manner of randomness about your life on the web.
Now put yourself in the position of someone who's a really big fan of your work (right...) and just _has_ to find out everything you're up to but hasn't got the patience to grab all of those feeds and keep up to date with them (sure...).
<strong>Here's the solution. You make yourself a <em>Life Feed</em>.</strong>
A single RSS feed that combines all of those disparate bits and bobs of content that you're busy making and puts them all in one place for easy consumption.
<strong>Enter Yahoo Pipes</strong>
Pipes is a scary-sounding but very easy system that lets you mix up, filter, alter and mash together various sources of information to make new and interesting things with it.
So, if I want to pull together all of my feeds in one place, <a href="http://pipes.yahoo.com">Yahoo Pipes</a> will let me do it. Here's how:
<li>Make a list of all of your RSS feeds.</li>
<li>Sign up to Yahoo Pipes</li>
<li>Have a look at <a href="http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=_vY3hRba3BGSqGsPJhOy0Q">my Pipe</a>
<li>Click the '<a href="http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.clone?_crumb=FoGe1V887fJ&_id=_vY3hRba3BGSqGsPJhOy0Q">clone</a>' button to make your own pipe based on mine</li>
<li>Click the 'edit source' button and you get a window that will look a bit like this:</li>
<img src="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/stefio/images/media_httpwwwsteflewa_fjmmn.png" alt="How to make a Life Feed" />
<li>Change all the URLs in the 'Fetch feed' box on the left to match the ones on your list, deleting any extra unused boxes</li>
<li>Clicking the highlighted orange box will allow you to test your output in the 'debugging window'.</li>
<li>Save your Pipe and test it.</li>
<li>If it's all working, put your new Life Feed on your blog somewhere (err - a bit like this post)</li>
<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefsPipe">Here's mine</a> (I took it one stage further by running it through <a href="http://www.feedburner.com">FeedBurner</a>).
<strong>No but seriously.</strong>
In a few days this post will actually make sense - I'm using this as a way of collecting together a bunch of collaborative publishing with five other people for a very exciting project.
More on this soon! In the mean time, I'm hoping this might be of use to someone?
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