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Sachin Chaurasiya
Sachin Chaurasiya

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How To Show Your Latest Blogs On GitHub Profile

As a developer, we love to build our online presence and for that, we do a lot of things like sharing tips and tricks, writing in-depth guides to discuss any tech, writing tutorials on how to build x with y and all.
we use different platforms to share content like hashnode, dev community, medium, etc. like I do, I create content on hashnode and cross-post on other platforms.

while sharing my content on other platforms I got a thought what if I can show my latest content on my GitHub profile? if people are visiting my GitHub profile and from there if they get to know my latest content that would be great right. so I started looking for how I can show my latest blogs on my GitHub profile. I found two solutions (two GitHub Actions) that we will be discussing in this article.

before jumping into solutions let's first discuss what are GitHub actions and what they are used for.

What is GitHub actions

GitHub actions are a set of events and workflow, whenever specified events happen to your GitHub repository it will run the associated workflow for it.

want to learn more about Github actions, you can get started from here

Let's discuss two GitHub workflows that I used to show my latest blogs on my Github profile.

Blog Post Workflow

Using this workflow we can show blog posts from any source in our Github Profile Readme automatically using RSS feed. we can also use this workflow to show StackOverflow activity or Youtube Videos.

Setting up workflow

we can easily set up this workflow in our profile repository to fetch and show the latest blogs automatically using the RSS feed.

Create the .github folder in your profile repository if it does not exist.

> mkdir .github
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Create the workflows folder inside the .githubfolder if it does not exist.

>mkdir .github/workflows
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Create the {workflowname}.yml file inside workflows folder.

where you can replace workflow name with your workflow name. I will give a blog-post.yml.

> touch blog-post.yml
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after creating a workflow file add this content to it.

name: Latest blog post workflow
on:
  schedule: # Run workflow automatically
    - cron: "0 * * * *" # Runs every hour, on the hour
jobs:
  update-readme-with-blog:
    name: Update README with latest blog posts
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    steps:
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - uses: gautamkrishnar/blog-post-workflow@master
        with:
          max_post_count: 10
          feed_list: "https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/rss.xml"
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Here we have three main components of the workflow

  1. name
  2. on
  3. jobs

Let's discuss them one by one

  • name is the name of the workflow after workflow run If you see the actions tab in your repository you will get workflow runs like this.

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  • on is used for defining what action you want to run this workflow.

here we are running this workflow on schedule using corn job to run this workflow automatically every hour.

If you don't know much about corn syntax this may be helpful for you
The quick and simple editor for cron schedule expressions

  • jobs is used for defining what to do when an event happens on our repository.

here we are defining only one job that is update-readme-with-blog which will commit on our repository with the message Update README with latest blog posts.

for jobs, we will need to define what environment it will be running and we are running this job on ubuntu.
also, we will need to provide what steps to use like this

      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - uses: gautamkrishnar/blog-post-workflow@master
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if you notice we are using the with attribute for 2nd action that is gautamkrishnar/blog-post-workflow@master
here we are providing 2 options max_post_count and feed_list.

Please Replace the above feed list URL with your own RSS feed URLs

Now, I hope we are clear with all the components of a workflow.

Last but not least add this content to your profile README.md file.

# Latest Blogs
<!-- BLOG-POST-LIST:START -->
<!-- BLOG-POST-LIST:END -->
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Think of it like a block that will get replaced by your blog list.

For Example :

# Latest Blogs
<!-- BLOG-POST-LIST:START -->
- [The Simple Guide to Seo For Your Application](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/the-simple-guide-to-seo-for-your-application)
- [5 Awesome Libraries To Use In Your Next ReactJs Project](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/5-awesome-libraries-to-use-in-your-next-reactjs-project)
- [An Introduction to Python Dictionary and Structuring Data](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/an-introduction-to-python-dictionary-and-structuring-data)
- [How to Setup MongoDB Atlas?](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/how-to-setup-mongodb-atlas)
- [Some of the Best Open-Source Projects to make your life easier.](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/some-of-the-best-open-source-projects-to-make-your-life-easier)
- [What are Views in Django?](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/what-are-views-in-django)
- [Django project vs app](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/django-project-vs-app)
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- [Simple Guide for Django Admin Interface](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/simple-guide-for-django-admin-interface)
- [Understanding Django Application LifeCycle.](https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/understanding-django-application-lifecycle)
<!-- BLOG-POST-LIST:END -->
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The second workflow is specific to the hashnode platform, so let's also discuss it.

Hashnode Blog

Using this workflow we can fetch our hashnode publication blogs and show them to our GitHub profile.

Setting up workflow

we can easily set up this workflow in our profile repository to fetch and show the latest blogs automatically using the RSS feed.

Create the .github folder in your profile repository if it does not exist.

> mkdir .github
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Create the workflows folder inside the .githubfolder if it does not exist.

>mkdir .github/workflows
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Create the {workflowname}.yml file inside workflows folder.

where you can replace workflow name with your workflow name. I will give a hashnode.yml.

> hashnode.yml
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after creating a workflow file add this content to it.

name: "๐Ÿ“š latest Blog"

on:
  workflow_dispatch:
  schedule:
    - cron: "0 */24 * * *" # Runs Every 24 Hours

jobs:
  update_blogs:
    name: "Update With Latest Blogs"
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    steps:
      - name: "๐Ÿ“ฅ  Fetching Repository Contents"
        uses: actions/checkout@main

      - name: "๐Ÿ“š  Hashnode Updater"
        uses: "varunsridharan/action-hashnode-blog@1.1.1"
        with:
          USERNAME: "Sachinchaurasiya" # Hashnode Username
          COUNT: 4 # MAX Visisble
          STYLE: "blog-left"
          BLOG_URL: "https://blog.sachinchaurasiya.dev/"
        env:
          GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}
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Here all the components are the same as we discussed earlier, except here we have some additional and different attributes like

  • USERNAME - your Hashnode username
  • COUNT - post count you want to fetch
  • STYLE - how you want to list out your blogs
  • BLOG_URL - your hashnode publication URL.

One different thing we have here is env which is used for automatic token authentication.
you don't need to worry about secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN will automatically get referred from your GitHub account.

env:
    GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}
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Add placeholder content to your profile README.md file.

# Latest Blog Posts ๐Ÿ‘‡
<!-- HASHNODE_BLOG:START -->
<!-- HASHNODE_BLOG:END -->
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Think of it like a block that will get replaced by your blogs.

For Example:

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Summary

  • We discussed what is GitHub actions and the workflows to use it.
  • We also discuss two GitHub actions using which we can show the latest blogs on our GitHub profile.
  • I am using 2nd one that is Hashnode Blog actions because I first publish all my content on Hahsnode.
  • Which action you will be using or already used let me know in the comment section

And thatโ€™s it for this topic. Thank you for reading.

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nftcryptomix

Wow thanks for the share.

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Sachin Chaurasiya Author

Glad you liked it.

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Andrew Baisden

So awesome I have been dong this since day one but with my DEV articles.

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Alex Ivanovs

Thanks!