I’m lost without feeds. In the last few years, my mode of operation with teh itarwebs has gone from poll to push. I used to have a set of bookmarks that I would visit every week. As the rate of change picked up, I started visiting every day, but it soon became overwhelming.
Now I’m 100% feed driven. Content is pushed to me, and not the other way around. Interestingly, the number of sites I keep up with has gone up significantly (over 100 by last count) so it’s still as time consuming as it was earlier. I just get a lot more information during the same amount of time.
So, for those of your who use the RSS feeds (and I hope it’s 99% of you out there, if not, head over to Google Reader right now), I just enabled two new types of feeds:
- Feed with full content. No more annoying excerpts and having to click through.
- Feed with all the comments. So you can follow any discussions more easily.
As a side note, WordPress totally rocks. I’ve used other blog systems before, but the latest version of WordPress is so slick, configurable, and easy to work with that it’s a real pleasure. Adding new themes or plugins is as simple as downloading a file and administration is done 100% through a super-slick web interface. Definitely better than MovableType, and light-years ahead of the hulking, slow beast of Drupal.
To give you an idea of how much I’m liking WordPress, I’m even using it to write posts. Seriously, that’s no small feat for me. I usually loathe online editors, and always composed the text offline and then pasted it into the blog at the last minute. With WordPress I feel totally comfortable composing posts on the fly, which makes the whole process very painless (which hopefully translates into more posts :-).