Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mmm. Feeeeeed Me!

Lullaby in Birdland, Spring 2006
Originally uploaded by LisaPal.
Why, oh why did I wait so long to put a feed reader to use???? This is the most wonderful and liberating thing ever and I can't believe I put it off for so long. It's simply heaven to know when you guys have new posts up without having to check them all individually. Well, almost all of you... Muse, Oyster, Kevin (Deviant)?

It's as easy as popping over to your your Blogger account, selecting the Site Feed tab, and choosing "full feed." Better still, select the "Advanced Mode "option and choose "full feed" for everything. Even my tech-challenged big sister, whose Blogging I.Q.qualifies her for a seat in the special ed class, has her blog on a feed. (Her blog serves to regale friends, family and curious onlookers with her adventures in and around London while her law-professor husband teaches a 6-week course there.)

I'm usually on the front-end of tech adoption but I assume everyone has beat me to this one. If you aren't using a feed reader, you have no idea what a life-enhancing, time-saving thing it is.

Google's reader is free and easy, and you know you like that!



Anonymous Editor B said...

But beware. Using a reader could be the first sign of blog addiction.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous charlotte said...

OMG, there's no way I could do without one! FYI - I have always had trouble getting YRHT on either Google or Bloglines. Can't figure out why....

9:06 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Welcome to my world, now you know how I do what I do, it's all feeds, but beware, there is such a thing as overload. Enjoy the heady feeling of power that feed reading gives you in the beginning.

Work has been dragging me down, but I hope to be crawling back up soon.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

PS A fascinating thing happens with feeds. It catches people out when they take back a post and it's already been published, it reposts old posts even when you just went in to correct something, and it occasionally displays feed errors when it spews out bunches of old posts.

12:53 AM  
Blogger oyster said...

I'm sorry. I think I have everything set as it should be.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous mominem said...

I have a reader and offer a feed, but I still prefer to experience the blog in it's feral state.

I find the feeds don't really capture the experience, especially when the blog employs graphics and typography to effectively.

11:14 PM  
Blogger jeffrey said...

I've tried bloglines.. but have settled I think on netvibes.

Using a reader keeps me abreast of what's been updated. But I still like visiting the individual sites as much as possible for similar reasons to mominem's

2:37 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Yeah, I still pop into the actual blogs from time to time for the real deal experience.

4:26 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

And Jeffrey, I love that little picture of you!

4:29 AM  
Blogger jeffrey said...

Weird little accident that picture. For the longest time I had been forgetting to remove it... but now I can't.

It's a scene from my old (now flooded) library branch a few years ago where I.. and the photographer.. were obviously goofing off while Daisy can be seen doing actual work in the background. I don't think anything captures our days there more accurately. So... yeah the picture is staying.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Wow, it's a small world. Jeffery at Library Chronicles is where I originally stole my sidebar links for Pedantic Pundit, and he graciously allowed me to thank him after the fact (of him finding me out and commenting on it). At the time he allowed it to be a compliment that I would copy (pilfer) from him.

I would like to thank him again for his kindness to a new (and naive) blogger, and again compliment him on his collection of links.

11:33 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Richard, I had a feeling that some feeds picked up multiple versions of posts. I think Google's reader replaces the old when revisions are published. Sometimes I blog a photo directly from Flickr or from the "Blog This" link for Blogger and without all the tag editing tools I want, it's easier to just publish first, then edit in the Blogger interface. Sometimes I find error after error after I publish and republish and I imagine this could be infuriating when viewing via feed. Oh, well. Sorry.

By the way, Jeffery is indeed a swell guy, despite his affection for the stinging mumkin. I discovered him long ago through your blog and was delighted to learn that he was a home-boy. He's got the distinction of being one of the handful of New Orleans bloggers I read before the storm. I'm still plotting a way to get you and yours down here for a visit one of these days (once the house is finished), and when that day comes, I'm having a big party and Jeffrey will be on the guest list. It would be great fun to see you guys meet in person. You'll like him.

2:09 AM  

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