I’ve been using Google’s RSS Reader for about a year and a half now. David O. made me a convert. I liked how it was a (simple) web application and that I could log in to from any computer (of course this was prior to owning a MacBook) – But still. I felt it was way easier to keep up with my friends’ websites and what not. (This was also before Google Sync – So I couldn’t sync my bookmarks between work and home.) Originally, in turn, my RSS Reader became my bookmarks.
So, I know a lot of people are not in to RSS as it takes away from the design elements and user experience of websites. Many of which are quite enjoyable. Let’s be real. How could the Viking Kittens be fed through an RSS Reader? Of course it’s just not possible. Sadly.
In reality, I go back and forth about this. It’s a moral dilemma. I can totally appreciate great design. And then I visit that site with a stellar Flash interface and when I want to get in touch with the author to compliment them on their 45gig conglomerate of a website, I click on “contact,” for example, I get this stellar animation with an envelope coming back from the lips of a person’s face (of course it’s licking the digital stamp). Then it’s flying off the screen with envelope wings to a digital mailbox in the sky. The animation is incredible, jaw dropping and gives me flashbacks with the circles and percentages filling to 100% while it’s loading, but in the time it took to load and animate I had already walked down the hall and taken a dump, cleaned the cat litter and taken Frankie around the block. That’s what gets on my nerves and makes me want to only look at websites via their RSS feeds. Just like the days in early college when we only had Lynx and it was all text.
Anyways, it got me to thinking how many of you use my feed.
PS. If you don’t know what RSS Feeds are, vote No.
I am of the belief (since it’s been forever)
- My lovely Wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary, a week and a few days ago
- Lisa has been so cool and has been helping us ease the pain of settling in to our apartment
- Al & JG had us over for some good time city life dinner and fun – I [heart] our new city
- It’s especially pretty in the fall as are most cities
- Unpacking takes way to friggin’ long and is kind of getting on my nerves
- Feetnik started her new gig and I went in today to assist with her transition and my co-worker gave me this book called High Fidelity Simplified by Harold D. Weiler, of course from 1952
- Feetnik’s apartment is cute and overlooks the park
- The MARC train treated me nicely on the way there – coming back was painful standing in the aisle in dress shoes
- Thursday we’re finally changing our names, all legit style
- Today, I received health insurance for the first time, sans an employer and it’s a killer deal
- Two nights ago I went to 930 Club with David to see Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins and was happily surprised with the wonderful live arrangements
- My kick-ass cousin, Zack, was in town for the Green Fest thing in DC this weekend and had him over for the night and showed him Baltimore
- I am kind of enjoying the time I get to spend with Frankie on her walks 2-3 times a day
- Feetnik, is more than likely coming over this weekend to do website stuff, but more so play Emily’s Weeds dealer
Last night after work David O. and I headed out to the National Press Club near Metro Center. We were going there to see Ana Marie Cox
speak pimp her new book, Dog Days. She’s pretty well known here in DC for her political blog called Wonkette. I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone outside of the Beltway knew of her. Regardless it was refreshing hearing her speak about DC and blogging and what not and slowly watching her out of her shy cocoon. Once she got started she was pretty relaxed and the more than half-filled conference room sat quietly while she answered with clever wit some pretty interesting questions.
She read a few passages from her book and it was surprisingly interesting. I pretty much pooh-pooh’d her book, initially. A blogger writing a book?! Ha! And since her book basically takes place here in DC with mentions of recognizable landmarks, a la Local 16 and other familiar stomping grounds, it was something I could relate to and attracted me.
What really disappointed me was that upon talking more with David about how Wonkette, as a product, was structured really disappointed me. I mean having a blog or journal franchise makes sense in theory, but it was just a bummer, to me. It’s like a money-making machine. I am all for making a dime (Dooce, I think you really need to lay off the abundance of skyscraper ads. It’s simply tacky now.), but I guess I just have to come to terms that there are some seriously good writers out there and they happen to do their thing on their website. Why shouldn’t they have a publisher? Bloggers are people, too! They sure sure. Or maybe SOYLENT GREEN IS BLOGGER! Have a good Thursday.
PS. Am I the only one from the e/n era that still cringes when they hear the word blog or blogger?