Sunday August 26, 2007 at 3:38am rss, website Comments (2) »

So I finally got a very bare-bones rss feed working for this site - at the request of Kevin. It can be referenced here:

This was fun to do in a 'just because i can' sort of way... ...but i really don't get the rss thing.

Perhaps I am not as cool as some of you, or maybe I just don't understand it enough, or maybe my feed's just too simplistic, or maybe i just enjoy visiting actual websites too much - but I don't see rss as being that cool in any way except for having all of your info in one place and being slightly easier to tell if there's anything new - basically, saving time at the expense of some site features.

I mean, I put a lot of work into the site, and i believe most (if not all) websites are more than the sum of their parts - that is, the information contained in them. The rss feed neatly skips all that.

...and generally if i'm really interested in something, i don't have to use such ruthless efficiency to get at it.

I also notice that the rss 'articles' are kind of 'fire and forget' That is, if I make changes to them later (even if i update the feed as such), most of the rss viewers that i've messed with say basically 'i already have that article' and don't look at it again. This is probably by necessity, but still - it makes things difficult for people like me who tend to do quite a bit of post editing.

And other streams like comments either have to have their own feeds (which seems a little silly to me), or just get left out (like they did in this case).

So - all of you rss fans out there, tell me what's so great about it and/or how i'm using it wrong, as i am as yet somewhat unconvinced.