|Saturday, January 10, 2004|
Rock 'n Rule
Got this cartoon from Tom Coates' Blog. It rocks !!
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Reading Blogs through RSS versus Browsing
I've been away from my blog for almost two weeks. Will be back in flow soon. Its pouring work !
This morning, i realised i had not visited my own home page for a few days - and smiled to myself as i realised i had fallen into the trap of reading blogs only through newsreaders - even my own ! I realised this when i saw many messages at my guestboard that i had missed - with two of my most regular visitors to it - Judith and Rob leaving behind messages saying ... "Dina ???".
Made me think of what one misses when you read blogs mainly through aggregators. For anyone who reads blogs through RSS feeds, there i no doubt that there are tremendous advantages. For me, its like glancing through a wide-angle lens at the landscape and then focussing on specific areas of interest before i click on them, much like my own peronalised, customized daily newspaper or journal. It is clearly efficient.
Some of the shortened feeds that interest me force me to visit the blog page through my browser or if i want to leave a comment i do - and very often i find much more there that catches my interest than just the specific post i wanted to read in full.
Here are some of the things i miss out on when reading blogs through aggregators and newsreaders.
There has been much discussion already on how people read blogs - Liz Lawley says "And despite the lengthy list of weblogs I read regularly, I still resist using an aggregator, because the visual aspect, the virtual space, of a weblog is important to me", and Lilia wonders "if aggregation kills personal voices".
It really shoudn't be an either-or issue ..... i use the inbuilt Radio Userland News Aggregator daily, as my main source of reading blogs, i have Sharpreader that i tend to use more weekly - i like the built-in Feedster blog search engine there - and i visit blog pages occasionally.
Still there is the need for better efficiency !
What are your blog reading habits ?
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