Putting this up for anyone interested in CONTROL and cross-posting. So yes, OCD-complexioned deuce that I am, ima still puttering around with the idea of cross-posting, but with focus on control in my hands.
Having donned my tiny logic-debugging cap, I realised the idea of multi-platform cross-posting is not an impossible dream.
But the implementation – my implementation – was a sure-fire failure setup.
- the tumblr-wordpress cross-post logic of the ifttt recipe worked perfectly.
- The problem was the inhouse wordpress-tumblr share. It was unconditional, and therefore there’s no “intelligence” to check and stop the looping, so it just went on looping the post-crosspost-crosscrosspost exponentially.
- With the setup for tumblr-wordpress cross-post to trigger on a tag, and the unconditional share to tumblr on wordpress, those were the conditions for the perfect storm in a teacup to the merry go-round called circular logic looping.
(When I interrupted the process this morning, there was about 40 new posts on my wordpress, about another 40 on my tumblr, and probably double that on my twitter. They added up, sorta. I’m not convinced, but I’m throttling the OCD tendency to go find out EXACTLY.)
- the one bright spark: ifttt “recipes” triggered on set times, or else there would be way more than the numbers reported in point 2
Having spent some time to understand how ifttt works, I’m going to continue my attempt to set up conditional cross-posting across all 3 accounts. What I’ll do is
- Create my own ifttt recipes to trigger on specific tags
- have the ifttt trigger a draft, not publish a post, so if anything blows up, it’s all internal issues. No public mess
- Only thing is, there’s no drafts in twitter innit? I will be watching nonetheless.
I’m quite confident it will all work out. What perplexes me is the lack of better options in-blog, whether wordpress or tumblr. You’d, or I would, think that anything that convinces a blogger to stick around would be a good thing to have. As it is, I have been forced to keep and maintain multiple-blogs, that is if I want to be interactive across the different platforms. And I do. For one, I want to reblog and still have the original blog post writer know I’m reblogging. That is basic etiquette after all. And second, I want to be able to post comments and what-nots on the originating blog post regardless of the platform. So two strikes and this thing is DOA since cross-platform is so frowned upon.
What a chasm, or maybe it’s just me.
Thank goodness for third-party options.
Interesting tidbit: While looking around for some hocus pocus that could solve my bloggin world’s problems for me, I came across this snippet of blogging history, which led to this post by the originator of the defunct tumblrize widget on wordpress, via a comment by one of the developers for the new tumblr crosspostr plugin (works only for self-hosting wordpress blogs apparently).