September 29, 2004

I Have Become, Like, So Lazy

or, This is an RSS love letter.

So, wanna know how lazy? So lazy that I just read a fantastic essay by Paul Graham, who has previously written other fantastic essays.... And yet, after searching all over.. I missed his RSS feed... and thought to myself, oh, I can't come here a couple times a month to find his latest -- no way popcorn -- and then I found the RSS feed.

Thank fucking goodness.

I am addicted to my aggregator.

But it dawned on me, I'm so lazy! Is this what it's come to? I find something engaging.. and won't consider reading the author consistently, unless there's an RSS feed? I was turning cycles trying to figure out how to get it... scheming... I even looked it up on a few feed services to no avail. To have to think about revisiting something I bookmarked at some forgettable day in the past? For real. Nooo way. This hand will not be clicking around websites that periodically change, the old-fashioned Web 1.0-way more than for the initial check out period, and to find the feed. I mean, who even uses bookmarks? I just use other people's del.ic.ious links or subscribe. That's when I realize, I'm spoiled. Rotten. Rotten!

Thank you NetNewsWire! I love you... I want to smooch you... Okay you have flaws but we all do... let's just surf into the sunset happily and never speak of your flaws except in a whisper... or when I get so annoyed I have to blog them.


Okay, you're wondering, what the fuck is up with her? Well, I been sick in bed for a few days... cooped up, and I'm dying to get out of here.. okay, not by that method.. this cold WILL go away! Now... I have things to do besides blogging love letters to my RSS feeds/aggregators. I'm so tired of this cold.

Posted by Mary Hodder at September 29, 2004 11:23 PM | TrackBack

I'm right there with you. No feed, no read.

Posted by: Chris Moritz at September 30, 2004 06:35 AM

Feel better! I just got back into using NNW myself (had to - ironically - turn off the feeds to finish my book) and I'm digging the hell out of it, plus I forgot how great it is to blog smoothly while reading.

Posted by: xian at October 1, 2004 03:07 PM

Absolutely agree: no feed...hardly ever read (never say never after all.)

Here's a trick I've learned. Even if someone has no RSS or equivalent button to be found anywhere on their site, you can sometimes experiment with their url, adding the /index.rdf or index/xml and so on, and find the feed is there waiting to be discovered.

Feeds are one of the major advantages of a blog over a typical web site, and one I push to my clients regularly.

Now if we could just get the whole world evangelized into using NetNewsWire and other reader services...then feeds would truly take over the world.

Posted by: Elisa C at October 2, 2004 01:30 PM