I’m trying to make more than a half-hearted effort at using Bloglines, a Web-based RSS aggregator. In the past I’ve tested the free NetNewsWire Lite, which resides on your own hard drive, but haven’t liked it enough to keep at it. In theory, a Web-based program is the way to go, so we’ll see.
I definitely like the idea of RSS — it pulls together content from across the Web and lets you read it all in one place. But there are some problems and shortcomings. For instance:
- The most basic: Not all of my favorite blogs have RSS feeds. If a solution’s not comprehensive, then it’s not really much of a solution. (By the way: When Jon Keller gets back from vacation, he should tell the tech folks at Channel 4 to add one to the Keller @ Large blog.)
- Bloglines claims to run no more than an hour behind in grabbing freshly updated content. I’m not sure that’s true. For instance, Josh Marshall posted this little tidbit yesterday morning. It didn’t pop up in my Bloglines list until this morning.
- Some blogs and sites are so well-designed that they’re a pleasure to read. But if content is sent directly to my aggregator, I don’t get to see the actual site. In many cases, I also lack access to comments and other supplemental material unless I leave Bloglines and go directly to the site.
- The left-rail material on Jim Romenesko’s media site doesn’t seem to be part of his RSS feed. That’s a huge omission.
Gee, it sounds like I’m talking myself out of Bloglines, doesn’t it? Not really. I would like to see if it makes my life easier. I’d also be curious to hear from other folks who use/have used aggregators. Just post them here. Of course, you’ll have to go directly to Media Nation to read those comments.
Update: Several commenters say that Keller does have an RSS feed. But they add that they can’t get it to work — and I can’t, either. Also, I’m told that there’s a feed for Romenesko’s left rail, but I can’t find it. Besides, do I really want two feeds for a one-man site?
Update II: OK, I did find the feed for Romenesko’s left rail, and I’ve added it. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Update III: Since I’ve already received a request, here is the RSS feed for Romenesko’s left rail: http://feed43.com/romenesko_sidebar.xml. Enjoy.