As of today I aggregate 87 sites. That means I go through every
single one, article by article; deleting, cross-posting, clicking
through, all that nice webby stuff.
There’s a reason for every single entry on that list. I do prune it
regularly (read: pretty much constantly)
But now, I await 44 past the hour (when my aggregator checks for
updates) with no uncertain timidity. Working away on some perl code on
another machine, I’ll see the clock hit 47 and I’ll hit refresh on my
hope page, bracing myself for the strike.
43 new articles. Oh for the love of christ (which is funnier if you
know me. Hey what can I say, the Christians are great for explitives
I enjoy them all. I really do. But I need to be able to separate
Cowgirl from Ming.tv. Their articles really look strange interleaved
together, especially when you throw things like the AP feeds into the
So yes, categorized feeds. Doesn’t have to be automatic. Actually
I’d rather it not automatically decide where feeds go. I know too well
what would happen if I started relying on some of these freaks to do
their own keyword assignments. So let me have 10 aggregators, each with
their own subscriptions. That way I could just sit and read product
announcements, or sex articles, new media art, meta-blogging, whatever.
Lumping them all together gives me a barrage of topics I just might not
be in the mood for at any given time, because I’m almost CERTAINLY not
in the mood for everything at once. (It does happen though, you’d
probably rather be around Bruce Banner when Mr. McGee makes him angry
when it happens though.) So yes, there’s that. If I had proper
categorization, I would happily jack that subscription number up to the
And ya know what else occurred to me? I was looking through comments
on Pascale’s site (sorry, too lazy to put anchors in everything right
now) and I clicked through someone’s comment to their website, and I
realized that aside from InstaPundit (who only posts 6 word teasers to
his feed and no anchors through to the actual posts, leaving remarkably
little to actually cross-blog but forcing me to hit the site) I don’t
think I’ve hit 5 websites today. This in NO way reflects the amount of
time I live in the browser. I’m usually staring at one for an aggregate
8-10 hours a day, easy. And while I know it points to a problem, I
feel gipped. I never get to actually see any of the sites I subscribe
to. Of course, most of them aren’t really worth looking at, once you
pull the content away (not that I’m in any position to start a
bitchrant about other people’s cookie-cutter blog styles, I understand.
) But some are actually designed fairly well, have neat little
badges to click through, and lots of other shiney baubles of web design
for me to “view-source” on and cut & paste into my own templates
(because clearly what I need it more gotsey goo-gahs on my homepage to
further alienate any already masochistic dial-up users who read UCCU.)
If you started reading expecting a point, this is the point… where
you’re gonna be sorely disappointed. It’s 2:35 in the morning and
I’m suffering from caffeine withdrawl, joblessness panic, holiday
solitude, and an overwhelming case of plain ole’ fatigue.
I’d better go to bed before I’m tempted to just wait for one more
And the other thing I want? An html composer with a
Good night everybody. Have a great Valentine’s day. Make it count.
Make ‘em all count.
That especially goes for:
- P & AF
- Dan & Liz
- Laura & Luke
- and of course, Bean & Mo and their immanent new addition.
- Not as Mad as he likes to pretend sometimes William Flint.
Whups, too late… lemme just check quick, you never know.