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Reading all those Blogs… | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Reading all those Blogs…

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How do you read all those blogs out there? RSS feed, open up sites one at a time? Me, I have just under a 100 sites bookmarked in their own folder, every morning I open them all up in tabs and browse for something interesting.

I’ve got a lot more to say about this, but I have to run to work now!

November 19th, 2006
I wasn’t expecting much feedback from this post so I feel kind of bad to be getting back to the conversation a couple days after the fact. When I open bloglines from time to time I don’t get the same interest that I do from actually reading it from the blog site. I haven’t explored netvibes yet, but I suspect I’ll keep up with tabs. The biggest reason is that I’m not so much interested in the newest blog entry as I’m in to coming back to stuff that I want to read that I discovered a couple days previous. Yes I know there’s the option in bloglines to save an article but I find it to be a pain. I also find that when I’m in bloglines it’s way to easy to keep adding links. After a while there’s just too many sites. So tabs allows me to see the sites I want to read in an unfiltered way.

It’s not perfect but I’m actually surprised that I’m one of the only people that I know doing this. With the comments associated with this post I wonder if there’s any real point in redesigning my blog? If all of you are reading this through a feed, why bother with a revised design? More questions to think about…

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  • http://swiss-miss.com swissmiss

    thanks for posting this michael. opening all of them up in tabs is crazy! ha!

  • http://celofane.luscofusco.net dinis c

    I used to read all my favorite blogs like that: had them all bookmarked and would open them in tabs. Recently I’ve started playing with RSS feeds: first with Netvibes and Bloglines, then Safari and now I’m a happy user of NewsFire.

    I find it much, *much* (I can’t stress it enough) better: less time wasted, no need to open every blog to know if there’s something new. I think now I’m reading more blogs and news sites because I need to spend less time with each one.

    (by the way Micahel, why did you use Grab for the screenshot?)

  • http://chrisglass.com Chris Glass

    I used to use:
    A list of bookmarks
    A list of bookmarks opened in tabs.
    Safari’s integrated RSS support
    Newsfire offline RSS reader

    Now I use:
    Online RSS aggregation:
    http://www.newsgator.com
    Which allows me to cast a wide net I can access on any terminal.

  • http://www.russelldavies.com russell

    I use bloglines. I know lots of people think it’s rubbish, but I love it.

    Glad to know I’m in your pile of tabs somewhere.

  • http://blog.pixelbreaker.com gabes

    I use an app for OS X called ‘feed’, makes it’ a lot easier to see who has new stuff.

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com Michael Surtees

    I wasn’t expecting much feedback from this post so I feel kind of bad to be getting back to the conversation a couple days after the fact. When I open bloglines from time to time I don’t get the same interest that I do from actually reading it from the blog site. I haven’t explored netvibes yet, but I suspect I’ll keep up with tabs. The biggest reason is that I’m not so much interested in the newest blog entry as I’m in to coming back to stuff that I want to read that I discovered a couple days previous. Yes I know there’s the option in bloglines to save an article but I find it to be a pain. I also find that when I’m in bloglines it’s way to easy to keep adding links. After a while there’s just too many sites. So tabs allows me to see the sites I want to read in an unfiltered way.

    It’s not perfect but I’m actually surprised that I’m one of the only people that I know doing this. With the comments associated with this post I wonder if there’s any real point in redesigning my blog? If all of you are reading this through a feed, why bother with a revised design? More questions to think about…

  • http://celofane.luscofusco.net dinis c

    Hi Michael,

    NewsFire is really a pleasure to use. You can’t “save” items like Bloglines, but you can flag them and it’s so easy. Other than that, you don’t have to read blogs posts or news items in NewsFire: you can configure it to open the blog or site in your browser instead of showing in NewsFire.

    Anyways, Safari would also be nice for you. Feeds work like “live” bookmarks: after the name of the feed you can see how many new items there is; you could it just to alter you of new posts or items but still open the site.

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com Michael Surtees

    dinis – how long have you been using NewsFire for? I’m a little hesitant to drop eight-teen bucks for a feed reader…

  • http://celofane.luscofusco.net dinis c

    maybe three months now. well, if you want something free you might try Vienna or NetNewsWire Lite (I personally don’t the Lite version, because you can only use the ‘traditional’ layout, which means something similiar to Mail.app – and I hate that layout in feed readers).

    anyways, I do like the idea of having a feed reader integrated in my web browser; I just feel like Safari’s RSS capabitilies aren’t there yet. but, like I said, I think it can save you some time if you only use the RSS capabitilies in your browser to notify you of new items.