Rebooting My RSS Reader

I’m starting to feel “not-so-fresh,” you know? Starting to feel the bloat, starting to feel the… well, you know. It’s that time of the month. Or year. Whatever. Time for me to update my RSS reader, eliminate some of the feeds gathering unread posts like dust on my monitor and add in some new, fresh bits. Mostly eliminating old feeds, since I have something like… well, hell, I’ve lost count. But there are a lot, some of which no longer interest me (I’ve moved on), and others which simply haven’t updated in forever and a half.

It should be noted that, to me, not updating for a while is fine. In fact,the world would be a better place if people only spoke when they actually had something to say. But do your readers a favor and tell us when you’re planning to go on hiatus, alright? Even when you’re a few weeks into it, just put up a short post saying “Hey, I’m on vacation. I don’t know when I’ll be back, but I’ll be back,” or something along those lines. When your last post looks like everything else, it’s hard to tell whether you’re vacationing, have given up blogging, or are dead. If you haven’t updated in six months and not told your readers why, we’ll presume the worst: that you died a horrible, painful, lonely and ultimately meaningless death. I mean, why else would anyone stop blogging? Seriously.

Anyway, what follows is a list of my old feeds. (Why my old feeds, you ask? Because I still haven’t finished putting up my new ones, so this gives you more to look at.)

(By the way, did you know the CIA doesn’t publish an RSS feed? Neither does the NSA. How weird is that?!)

Sidenote: You know, going through his list and visiting these sites, I get to see just how much work people put toward their site’s look. Don’t get me wrong, I do the same. But I see some of their sites now (LifeHack, for example), and think to myself, “My site must look like it was designed by retarded monkeys. Football-loving, retarded monkeys.”

It should be noted that this was from my Netvibes account. My Bloglines account was considerably larger. Frankly, It was too large to post here, but it included a lot more variety. Even with the Netvibes, there were others, but I deleted them before I got the idea to publish this post. Oops. Anyway, out of these, I’ll keep some, I’ll delete some, and I’ll probably add a bunch more, since I’m using Google Reader now, and it has a couple of very interesting features which allow me do more easily do the one-site only thing. (See, I have this dream of never having to surf to more than one page, but being able to get all my news, info, and entertainment there.)

Anyway, if you want to know/guess at which sites I’ll keep, here are my basic rules. You’re in my reader if:

  • we’re friends in meatspace
  • we’ve chatted over email and are friends in cyberspace
  • you’ve commented on my site in the past 6 months
  • you’re a 9Rules member with something remotely interesting to me
  • I like your site enough to keep going back.

Actually, come to think of it, I think I’ll end up keeping a large majority of my sites. Damn my pack rat instincts!

And for the record, yes, I tend to be a lurker. While I do comment in some sites regularly, normally I just sort of sit back and enjoy what you people write. This is mostly because if I don’t have anything more to say than “wow, this was a [good/bad] post”, I won’t. Of course, if I see a picture on your site about someone driving around in a Louis Vuitton-branded SUV, I’ll likely comment once I can stop telling myself “WTH?!”

So that’s it. I’ll do a post on my thoughts regarding Google Reader later. It’ll probably include a link to my OPML file, though I’d be surprised if it gets a download. (Of course, internet habits are highly individual, so while dumping some stranger’s OPML file in my reader may not be what I’d do, what you do is your own thing.) And, of course, if you have any RSS reader Mac Apps you’d recommend — I love the idea of, you know, being able to read my feeds sans an internet connection — I’m more than happy to take a look at them.

15 thoughts on “Rebooting My RSS Reader

  1. Yay – I’m in there! πŸ™‚

    FWIW I tend to lurk too so apologies for not commenting more often. Unfortunately the situation is unlikely to improve but I promise I’ll try…

  2. Yay! I’m still in there… against all odds. πŸ˜›

    Just wanted to say I love your blog… your writing style is unique and great. Sorry I don’t get a chance to comment more often, but I often don’t feel I have anything to add to such good posts!

    Thanks.

  3. Ah! I’m not that list!

    It feels like “the cool wall of links” that you put up. Makes me feel the need to do even better. Give you a reason to add me to your feeds.

  4. @all: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It truly is an honor to be held in enough regard to be read by folks of your caliber.

    @Ben: Seriously? You doubted that? Dude, YOU were one of the BIG reasons I wanted to be part of 9Rules! You, sir, have a preeminent place there.

    @Arthus: Actually you’re there because I love the depth of your posts. And your domain name — myfla.ws — is nothing short of genius.

    @Edrei: Actually, you don’t need a reason. You’re in my reader now. (And you were on my Bloglines, just not in my Netvibes. NV was cool about some things, but adding and tracking blogs is a bit of a PITA there. It was easier just to keep returning to your site.) Actually, your style has always been a bit challenging for me because it forces me to face those parts of me where logic plays second to emotional understanding. It oftem makes me think of things I wouldn’t otherwise. There you have me at a disadvantage. (By the way, how do you do that cool thing with the comments showing up in your feed? That’s awesome.)

  5. Ahhh…oh…that’s great then. πŸ™‚ Still, it’s always about keeping things interesting at the end of the day.

    Well, I guess my blog is a love it or hate it kinda theme. It’s not just the emotional stuff I throw around, it’s the way I see the emotional stuff being thrown around. Not many people can appreciate that and if you do. Thanks.

    I use a plugin called Feed with Plugins. Unfortunately, the links is a bit iffy and I can’t find it anymore. It is a really neat plugin, better than subscribing both content and comments.

  6. Good to be in here too; or rather: honored. Thank you.

    I have to own up to feeling similarly not-active-enough and lurking-too-much etc. I’m beginning to get back into that 9r/Chawlk/blogging vibe though.

    And you’re still one of my favorite reads.

    And now I must check up on this repository of reading goodies and see which ones I need to subscribe to myself.

  7. @Pelf: Yes! And your complaints about the food portions are very valid. (No wonder Americans are so… lovable.) The bright side, of course, is that you can always buy a bigger meal and just save what remains for later. (Hell, it’s what I do. I go to the local Sweet Tomatoes all-you-can-eat salad place, get a “To Go” order for $5.60, eat half for lunch, then half for dinner. Meals for $2.30 ain’t bad.)

    @Nils: “And now I must check up on this repository of reading goodies and see which ones I need to subscribe to myself.”

    Given the amount of response this particular post generated (a total surprise, seriously), I think I’ll go ahead and post my new reads soon, so you’ll have other stuff to explore.

  8. Gnorb, I am indeed honored! Especially that you also enjoyed my driver-seat photography. πŸ˜‰ That picture was taken nearby a Target that an ex-roommate of mine has called “Tar-ghetto” if you catch my meaning. πŸ˜€

    And you know, I’ve done the ghastly thing where I’ve gone on hiatus (okay not 6 months but maybe … 2?) and not posted the obligatory “BBL” entry. So thanks for refreshing us on that. πŸ™‚

    Loving the honest comments around here.

  9. Honored to be included! And I tend to lurk as well.

    … I mean, why else would anyone stop blogging? Seriously.

    Still chuckling πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks for having me in your list; hopefully I remain in it after the purge! πŸ™‚

    Now I’m going to follow Nils’ lead, and start clicking.

  11. @Josh: Issue corrected. Had an extra ” in the link. As for the purge: Turns out Google Reader’s working so well for me that I’ve actually been able to ADD blogs and more easily read through them. It’s awesome. But the rules I mentioned above apply. I’d rather not spend more than an hour a day catching up on blog reading, especially with so much other reading to get done.

    @Esther: Showed my wife the pic. She said she’s seen one of those, but in different colors, around here. Guess Miami and LA aren’t all that different. You know, except for the earthquakes.

    @hthth: What you didn’t think I was serious? I even put a “Seriously” there. How much more seriouser can I be? Seriously? (Wait… what?)

    @Alyssa: I enjoy your writing style, what can I say?

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