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displaying relationships between content on the RSS feed

Some time ago I belatedly realised the rss feed for wordpress does not display custom fields by default. I spend considerable time and effort inter-linking the content on this website, so I don’t want RSS subscribers to miss out on seeing any possible related content that is being stored in custom fields.

I am not very good at coding so it took some time to figure out how to display variables stored in a wordpress custom field array.

But it works now:

screenshot of my essay: "love, online"'s footer in Netnewswire: displaying related posts and notes
screenshot of my essay: “love, online“‘s footer in Netnewswire: displaying related posts and notes

We’ll be able to see:

  • related posts
  • related notes
  • related resources
  • related collections

Maybe this isn’t that important for a typical post, but if I am writing about a quote it would be meaningful to be able to see the parent at the footer (and when you browse the parent page – example – you will be able to see all the related posts and notes I’ve written about that particular resource ):

screenshot of "storing vs managing energy"'s footer in Netnewswire: displaying its related resource
screenshot of “storing vs managing energy“‘s footer in Netnewswire: displaying its related resource

It is displaying just the title for now, will probably do a bit of work to include the type of resource – link, book, video, etc – and its authour at the very least.

Let me know in the comments if you encounter any bug! I just realised I have to include a comment link (and also tags) in the RSS post footer as well.

Maybe I’m doing all this work for like 10 RSS subscribers (I don’t actually know), but I think it is especially precious that anyone bothers to subscribe and read this RSS feed in this day and age.

4 thoughts on “displaying relationships between content on the RSS feed”

  1. Isa says:

    For what it’s worth, I read your blog via RSS (though I do tend to open the full entries because I like the design of your site).
    I guess while I’m commenting I should say I really enjoy your thoughts and have found many of them useful and shared them with my loved ones. Thank you so much for putting them out in the world! <3

  2. Veronique says:

    Hi Winnie:)
    I’m a new rss subscriber, and I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes for making your home on the web cozy and welcoming. It’s a pleasure to read your work and to hang out on your website, so thank u! 🤓🥰

  3. Marcella says:

    I read via RSS using the Reeder app, have for years. Thanks for the consideration. 🙂

  4. Mauro says:

    Hey Winnie! Another enthusiastic old school RSS user here. Thanks for thinking about us!

    All the best.

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