August 19, 2003
I've just spent an hour getting all my recently subscribed-to RSS feeds working. My favourite way of subscribing is to simply hit Subscribe in the Mac Service menu, which pipes the URL to NetNewsWire. If there's a link in the page in the right format, it automagically pulls the RSS out of the ether and into my reader.
But for 25 (out of 58) it didn't.
So I waded through them. I never thought I'd be grateful to see the ugly orange XML brick (aside: why doesn't it say RSS, or is that too helpful?), but it did make the game of find-the-sausage a lot quicker.
If your weblog doesn't have a feed, it doesn't exist. If you don't tell anyone you have a feed, either visually or programatically, it doesn't exist.
Weblogs are more than just a set of webpages. They work best together, in aggregate. Soon, you won't have time to read the 10,000 pages a day we'll soon be consuming - there has to be a way to pull the information out of the pages. It's not about the pages at all. RSS is currently the best way to convey information from journals.
Without an RSS feed, it's like the school bully flashing the baseball card you've always wanted, and not giving you a proper look (just before giving you a wedgie and flushing you down the toilet). Play nice, children. We need everyone to pull together - readers, aggregators, and content creators.
I don't want to play the class snitch, but there are some sites that stick out like sore thumbs:
evhead - you started Blogger ffs (and are running Blogger Pro).
BBJ - he hid it, it's here
coudal - Another MT user. Running blogging workshops. Generally clueful. Not here.
thingsmagazine - fixed! You're stars!
the, errr, physically challenged
Those using blogger or blogspot. I'm sorry. Whilst I don't normally point at people who are "different" to me, I'll highlight scaryduck, just cos it's won awards.
Now, for every class bully there's a school slut. They're overgenerous with their love - pushing out info on all the feeds they can. Argh! *unsubscribe* *unsubscribe*! Thanks, but I don't want to get to third base on a first date.*
And there are those that overexpose themselves. Put away that miniskirt, cover yourself up, and get rid of all that orange blogjunk. Do I want the one on the left? The one on the right? The coffee cup? The cactus? The fish? The pill?
I won't even mention those that only have part of their entries in their feeds. Not this time. But it's like talking to people who never quite finish their...
*This may not actually be true. Heh.
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