Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mulishly Clinging to Old Tech

I had missed the news that RSS is dying, but was soothed from the potential panic it would have caused by this handy roundup at Stephen's Lighthouse, which has links to three posts explaining that rumors of its demise may be somewhat exaggerated.

The takeaway seems to be that it probably isn't dying, it's just not an exciting hot technology and not that many people use it or care about it. Boooor-ing.

Those who do use it, however, seem to find it valuable, so it will probably keep existing.

Whew! As one who does use it, I can tell you right now that I would wither and die without it. OK, so I mean my blog-reading would wither and die without it.

I'm reading 200+ blogs, all of which I enjoy and learn from in various ways, but almost none of which I would be keeping up with if I had to visit each site individually to check for new content.

I just don't have that kind of time!

Why, just this very day a post appeared on a long-silent blog that I moderately enjoyed. I would have given up checking for updates and left that blog for dead long ago, but thanks to RSS, I instantly knew the author was back. There was this little "thanks to anyone who's still reading me!" note, and I thought, "don't thank me, thank...the knife!"

Wait, that's The Simpsons. And it was about a knife. I mean "thank...the RSS!"

You know, it's just easy.

I suppose if you don't care about following 200 blogs, it won't be as important to you, and that's fair. I'm not about to tell anyone they need to be reading 200 blogs.

But at this point in my life, I am, so I don't care if RSS is cool or not, I'm stickin' to it.



brian said...

RSS stick rocks for me too! I like reading my blogs and having them all in one place - wow I thought that technology was the greatest a few years back - it still is :-)

A'Llyn said...

Hear hear!