As I have class in, oh, 15 minutes – I’m going to just give a bullet list of topics in my head:
- I’ve started using Google Reader instead of Bloglines. Well, I haven’t even been reading my Bloglines feeds for a few months now, so trying out this new aggregator is also helping me reevaluate (and decrease) the number of blogs I try to keep up with.
- On the aforementioned Google Reader I read two nifty posts recently.
- The first post is about something we’ve all been waiting for: a Netflix-style book service. I think the founders of BookSwim will find that people are much pickier about their books than they are about their movies, and having a limited catalog of just “in-print leisure reading” might not satisfy. That said, I am delighted that someone is finally doing this and can’t wait to try it out! My girlfriend will be so happy when I stop bringing home books to keep!
- The second post is the BBC asking – blogs or diaries? Which one is better for what? I was surprised… really surprised … that the BBC even had journalists who were still using a diary format. Is there any good reason to not put such a writing form into a blog? No, seriously, I’m really asking. I can imagine specific kinds of diaries that are more narrative and don’t call for reader comments being better served by a diary than by a blog… I’ll have to read the article again and think about this one a lot more. As a former
diary (bleh!) journal-keeper, I do miss the bound paper and pen experience, but a website is a website is a website and should be reader-friendly in a wholly different, more dynamic way, yes?