My Twitter Solution. So, I switched to a static homepage with link on the left and a Twitter stream on the right using my class Twitter stream. That was an okay solution, and it certainly made me more Twitter-aware since Twitter was the only dynamic content I could share with my students as they passed through the homepage of D2L. I don't use D2L for content or discussions, but it is where students record and track their grades (they do the grading, not me), which means I do get a lot of D2L traffic as a natural part of students completing and declaring their work for the class.
HTTPS for Blogger! Well, as a special Thanksgiving present from Google today, I just happened to notice that Blogger is indeed offering an HTTPS option. I don't know how I missed this announcement; apparently it happened at the end of September: HTTPS support coming to Blogspot. The way I found out about it was that I was reviving an old blog for a new purpose, and when I went to adjust the Settings, there was the HTTPS option staring right at me. Wow!!! By default it is turned off, but you can turn it on with a single click from the Settings page:
Blogger Homepage in D2L. So, here is what the Announcements homepage looks like in D2L; notice how there are no cats in the right-hand corner, but there is a link to pop open the Announcements blog in a new tab:
Then, if you look at the Announcements blog outside the D2L prisonhouse, you see a random cat: