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Mon 27 Jun 2005
Blog tech explorations
Category : mac and the internet
After setting up Habitatnews" and a few other blogs, several others were encouraged to start their own blogs, and a few good writers joined the fray, creating a naturalists community of bloggers.
And as a group, they are getting prolific.
Too many blogs - RSS saves the day
RSS is invaluable now, and helps me keep track of rare posts as well as regular updates.
Which news reader?
PCs too appear to have a few options. I've also plugged Thunderbird but people get distracted by the fact it primarily handles emails.
You will never run out of options. There are some interesting cross platform options - I am now trying BlogBridge out of curiosity. Looks interesting and it nice and orangy! And NewsMonster isn't afraid of missing feeds.
RSS to Email
One page to rule them all - public feed aggregator
However, most readers I knew did not embrace feeds - they weren't reallly sure what to do. Most are just getting comfortable with email, and can harldy use google effectively, so expecting them to use newsreaders without a workshop was a optimistic.
This majority, the internet-shy user would really just like a single webpage to refer to.
One portal, "Economy Matters" did this once and tapped feeds from Habitatnews and the Hantu blog amongst others. Their lease expired and was not renewed - it might have been an experiment of sorts. Pity, since they had a great design and setup.
So this is what I am trying to figure out now, with my non-existent programming ability. Surely there is a solution that a geekless macaddict can implement? And the Planetarium may just be it.
This is particularly interesting bwyong combining the Singapore Naturalists blogs. I could separate out the more active categories int his page, e.g. "mac and the internet" and "cycling", and allow for a more relevant pages directed at specific communities. And support those with feeds from pages by others who write in a similar manner.
Well happy hunting, I guess!