So I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy this Summer. ‘Doing what?,’ you ask? Rolling my own blog feed aggregator and forums, that’s what! Yep, Anime Nano is yet another blog feed aggregator for, you guessed it, anime.
Now, I have nothing against either Animeblogger.net antenna or Blogsuki. To me, they’re on two weird polar extremes. Animeblogger.net Antenna has a lot of blogs. Like, 100! There’s a lot of good blogs on there, but not all of them interest me. On the other hand, Blogsuki has less blogs, and a lot of good ones were kicked off. I really like Blogsuki, but I think I should be able to choose which blogs I want to read. That’s where Anime Nano comes in.
With Anime Nano, you can check out the anime blog directory (right now it’s only me…) and “subscribe” to any number of blogs. You can go to “MyNano” (yeah, original, I know), and your filtered feeds will appear there. You can also pick up an RSS feed of either all of the blogs, or your personal selection.
Anime Nano has a bunch of other stuff that you can do too. Registration is technically optional, but you’ll have to in order to create your subscription list and participate in the forums. You can also personalize your profile (no, Anime Nano is not going to turn into a myspace clone!) and I’ll be adding more features as well.
The forums are a little rugged right now. I made them in a few hours today. I assure you they’ll be cooler in the future. I hope.
Right now I’m accepting new blog applications (otherwise Anime Nano would be pretty dull right?). The rules for getting in are pretty much the same as Blogsuki, I guess, but I want to get a large number of blogs in the directory. I’m kind of afraid right now that my shared hosting will kill me from the CPU power it takes to parse all the feeds, but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. To apply, just register and head to the User CP panel where you can submit your blog for approval.
For those of you who are interested in the technical aspects of Anime Nano, I wrote the thing on Ruby on Rails in about three weeks. During that time, I first had to learn Rails, and then code it. It wasn’t that bad, really. It offers a really nice way to think of web applications in an object oriented way. I have a feeling that doing this in PHP and MYSQL queries would have taken me quite a bit longer.
I also designed everything on Anime Nano. The Header graphic, the layout, the CSS. It’s all my fault. Or rather, I did it all (if you think it actually looks good!). I’ll try to pretty it up a little more as I have time.
Oh, and about the name, I wanted something that had more than one meaning. Well, Nano in itself means small, right? It also seems cool because of the iPod Nano and whatnot. The other meaning is in Japanese. Y’know, Anime, na no! It’s anime! Hopefully that’s what it really means (I’m always questioning my bad Japanese skills, y’know).
I guess that’s enough of an explanation. For now, head over to AnimeNano.com and let me know if you like it. Or if you think it’s dumb and done before. I’m happy to hear any suggestions or anything. Either comment here, or in the AnimeNano Forums! Since I rolled this thing on my own, there’s bound to be mistakes and bugs lying around.