Blake of lisnews fame wrote an interesting post on his personal lisnews blog/journal today. I’ve been waiting all day to write about it. The jist of his post is that he, although he started lisnews, doesn’t read many blogs.
Blake hasn’t been using an aggregator. It isn’t a surprise when he writes, “Part of the reason is I don’t go blog reading much is just forget to find my way back, my bookmarks file hasn’t been touched in ages…” Steven has encouraged Blake to get on the RSS train, I know. Blake knows this too. The last sentence of his post is “Steven M. Cohen keeps my prayers would be answered by an RSS reader, maybe he’s right. “
I happen to think Steven is right. I’m not sure if Blake has fooled around with bloglines before, but I decided to populate an account for him, forcing him to at least try it. I exported the OPML out of my bloglines account, imported it into an new one and then edited it a bit.
I’m about to change the email address associated with this new account to Blake’s address so he’ll get an email from them. I’ve already sent him an email telling him the password. We’ll see what he thinks of all this.
If you are interested in setting up any kind of aggregator for librarian colleagues of yours, don’t duplicate my work. Grab the OPML file that I’ve created, I’ll call it A Starter OPML File for Librarians*, by right-clicking, and saving. Send it to friends and have them import it into a desktop aggregator or pull a bloglines trick and import it there.
*The title probably should be elongated with “interested in technology” but that wouldn’t make it as catchy.