Back to reading feeds…

I’ll be honest. I haven’t been reading many feeds for the past couple of months. Got too busy and got caught up reading Memeorandum. So just let the whole feed thing slide a bit. But, I noticed I was missing the little things. The things no one else would link to (or not enough people would link to to get these things on Memeorandum). So, lately I’ve been reading feeds again. But I’m also going through and reducing my feed list. What’s getting removed?

Any feed that doesn’t run full text. Except for the New York Times.
Any feed that hasn’t published anything for the past month.
Any feed that hasn’t written about tech in the past month.
Any feed that just isn’t very interesting.

What kinds of things am I finding? Well, look at this post by Will Richardson which details how school districts are blocking blogs.

You can follow along my feed culling a few places. First of all, NewsGator is what I’m using to synchronize all my feeds. NewsGator keeps an OPML file of my feeds here and NewsGator also produces my blogroll here. So far I’ve gone through all my feeds from A-D. After I get done I’ll start adding new feeds that I find I’m looking at often.

It’ll be a slow process, though. We’re going to Cardiff for some sightseeing today.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention, Robert. This is becoming a real issue with some schools beginning to block just about anything that is comprised of user created content (i.e. Flickr) or where there is any potential for interactivity (Blogger, any blogging site, etc.) Districts are in reactionary mode right now. They need to be in a teaching mode. We’re trying to figure out the best response to this right now. Any ideas you or your readers have would be appreciated.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Robert. This is becoming a real issue with some schools beginning to block just about anything that is comprised of user created content (i.e. Flickr) or where there is any potential for interactivity (Blogger, any blogging site, etc.) Districts are in reactionary mode right now. They need to be in a teaching mode. We’re trying to figure out the best response to this right now. Any ideas you or your readers have would be appreciated.

  3. Glad to see you back to your feed reading. Memeorandum, digg, etc are cool but are incomplete. They form a large window of what’s going on out there but they don’t see everything important going on.

  4. Glad to see you back to your feed reading. Memeorandum, digg, etc are cool but are incomplete. They form a large window of what’s going on out there but they don’t see everything important going on.

  5. Hey Robert. Have you made your OPML file publicly visible ? When I click on the URL of your OPML file, I end up in my own NewsGator account ?
    Have a great time in Cardiff.

  6. Hey Robert. Have you made your OPML file publicly visible ? When I click on the URL of your OPML file, I end up in my own NewsGator account ?
    Have a great time in Cardiff.

  7. [...] Robert Scoble has posted that he is trimming his blogroll – one of the qualifications he is using – if the site doesn’t provide full feeds, he unsubscribes. Robert has said this previously – I agreed with him then and I agree with him still. Partial feeds are a pain – they force you to click through to get the full story, whereas when you get there you may very well find the full story is not as interesting as you thought from snippet in the partial feed – waste of time. [...]

  8. The old full or partial RSS argument again

    One of the regular flare-ups in the blogosphere is the question of which is better: to let people see the full post when they aubscribe to your RSS feed, or to only show them a little leg, making them click

  9. Full Feeds or Nothing – but that’s just my vote

    The partial vs. full feed debate is back.  Duncan at Blog Herald provides an overview of the debate. 
    I’ve always made my preference for full feed clear, yet I am still reading your partial feeds, Duncan :-)  Admittedly, it&rsquo…

  10. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  11. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  12. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  13. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  14. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  15. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  16. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  17. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  18. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  19. So who died and left you king of the Blogosphere?

    Why would I want to run a full feed when it’s tantamount to giving away the cow to a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of cream.

    The idea of RSS is to INCREASE traffic TO my blog, not GIVE AWAY page views.

    Sure, lead the masses of uninformed newbys down the road to giving away all their content, but I’m not falling for it. Full feeds is an advertiser’s dream, and while I happily run ads on my blog I feel as if the line must be drawn.

    Who do I delete from my RSS reader? Blogs that post ads in their feeds, full feed or not.

  20. [...] Scoble wrote recently that he is back reading feeds and was cleaning his blogroll; actually completed the cleanup. I only have about 75 feeds, grown from a dozen or less when I started a few months ago, and that’s a lot to keep up with. One of his criteria for removing a blog from his list is any feed that doesn’t run full text (except in his case the New York Times). That is also one of my pet peeves. [...]

  21. [...] RSS DJ is a new style of RSS aggregator. This webbased service lets you mix different feeds where you can combine the feeds (podcasts) and artists (music tracks) together. But the coolest thing is that you can take any text based RSS feed (blogs, news feeds, anything), and automatically convert them to spoken word MP3 podcasts! That “sounds” great;) Other options are filtering out RSS advertisements and scraping web pages for those RSS feeds that don’t provide their entire stories but only a summary or a link (great news for the Scobleizer). Check it out at rssdj.com. [...]

  22. [...] I’m bringing this up because Scoble is again sharing his preference for full-text feeds. In Back to reading feeds…, he notes he’s cleaning out his blogroll. (And, now he’s done.) The first criteria for elimination? Any feed that doesn’t run full text. Except for the New York Times. I disagree, as noted, but then I don’t spend oodles of time on airplanes or other in a disconnected environment. For more of my opinion on this topic, read my earlier posts on this subject… easier to link than repeat myself. [...]