Down & Dirty Kinja Web Interface

Several have asked for a simple way to access their favorite Kinja blogs, especially those on which they don't have posting access. The problem is there's no way to maintain such a list because Kinja is larger than just the historic communities and this will become truer every day.

The only surefire answer is for each user to maintain their own list. The easiest way to do this is with browser bookmarks and bookmark folders, but there is another answer for those on a computer who are comfortable playing with text and that is to create and maintain your own form, such as the one pictured.

If you copy and paste the following into two files and save them to your harddrive, it will create a framed version of the Kinjasphere. The last I asked, there were no plans to make Kinja break out of frames and this method will work until then.

First, you should create a folder or directory somewhere on your computer, then copy and paste the following into a notepad, saving it as whatever name you like .html (e.g. kinja.html).

<HEAD><TITLE>Kinja Home</TITLE></HEAD>  <frameset rows="*,35"> <frame src="" NAME="Kinjablog"> <frame src="kinjaform.html"> </frameset>

The adjustable parts here are mostly the title and whether you want the selector form at the top or the bottom. I've put it at the bottom, but if you'd like to put it at the top, you just have to reverse the "*,35" and flip the frame src lines.

Also, it is set to initially load the big hole as blank. If you'd like for your interface to default to any of the blogs, you'd put its http between the quotation marks.

The next bit of text you'll save into the same directory folder and name kinjaform.html. Because Kinja wants to put the preformatted text on one line, once you've copied it into your notepad, I suggest breaking it into individual lines to make it easier to maintain.

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" > function jumpto(x){  if (document.form1.jumpmenu.value != "null") { document.location.href = x } } </script>  <form name="form1"> <select name="jumpmenu" onChange="window.open(document.form1.jumpmenu.options[document.form1.jumpmenu.options.selectedIndex].value,'Kinjablog')"> <option>Choose Blog</option> <option value=http://gawker.com>Gawker</option> <option value=http://deadspin.com>Deadspin</option> </SELECT>

Basically, everything's fine up top. Where you'd really want to break it into separate lines are the option values. For every blog you'd like to list, you'll add a new option value using the same format as the Gawker and Deadspin examples. This would be easier on individual lines.

And in addition to the group blogs on the lists maintained by @MyPrettyFloralBonnet and @Xeos, there are also Roadtrippers, Playboy, the Museum of Natural History and other blogs listed on kinja.com, plus Inklings and assorted individual users off the top of my head.

There are also the following Recruits or subs which map back to one of the main domains.

Sploid
The Concourse
Defamer
Valleywag
Fittish
Regressing
Kitchenette
Foxtrotalpha
Screenburn
Truckyeah
Paleofuture
Flightclub
The Vane
Space
Cosplay
Roygbiv
Two Cents
Animals
Tmi
Southland
Animation
Doug DeMuro
The Stacks
Foodspin
Shots
Lego
Afterhours
Reframe
Detroit
Drive
Screengrabber
Offworld
Dog
Atlas Obscura
Indefinitelywild
Watchlist
The Machines
Dailygrid
Disquiet
Home of the future
Selects
Interviews
Abler
Weird Internet

If anyone has any questions, I'll be glad to answer. There could be some prettying-up of this down and dirty form, but it covers the basics and should be a good non-browser-specific start.