March 22, 2006

Shopping is like your newsreader

Will posted about being an RSS fraud.

Yesterday, in three straight presentations about the wonders and potential of RSS to rock our eduworlds, I kept getting more and more embarrased at the fact that when I showed my Bloglines account, which has ballooned up to 197 feeds, it was obvious that while I might be subscribed, I’m not keeping up with my reading. In fact, if you totalled up the number of unread messages in my list, it’s a very audience appealing 3739.

He goes on to say:

I made the people in attendance yesterday swear that they would take a time out if they ever got up to 20 feeds in their aggregators. Hopefully that will keep them from feeling like a total RSS failure if they should “get behind” in their reading.

I’ve been hovering around the 250 mark for quite a while. Currently I’m at 260. I clean house from time to time but always add a few, espescially when local bloggers get going.

So why is a newsreader like a shopping? Recently, a friend of mine took our sons to Minneapolis for a sports weekend. We also hit the Mall of America. My shopping style is to do a quick cruise of the entire mall and then focus in on the stores I’m particularly interested in. I knew we had a few hours before the game and used my time accordingly. I like the fact there are other stores there that I may or may not go into. I’m aware they are there and given time, I may go in there because you never know if there’s something that interests you. I like malls. Lots of choice. I don’t feel like a failure if I don’t hit every store. Many stores I just peek in, get the drift and I’m out.

That’s why I have 260 feeds. I don’t get to them all but I like the choice.

Will sounds like a big box store guy. Fewer choices but lots of depth. Fortunately, there’s room for both. I just don’t see how you can get by with 2o stores/feeds.