Did you know about Bloglines? Why didn't you tell me? [laugh]
I know I've seen people say "I'm behind in reading my bloglines" and I've seen the little subscribe icons on a few pages, but it never really registered for me what this might be.
Over the last two days or so I've seen a few posts, most notably the recent post and comments by Chris at Stumbling over Chaos. This post, and the one that provoked it, are all about how people respond to comments (do you email the poster or post into your own comments yourself).
(As an aside I only discovered in the past month that blogger will now send you email notification when you have a comment so that you can email the poster back -- thought that you could only do this with typepad or when you hosted your own blog -- again, who knew!).
In the context of this (sometimes not so pleasant) conversation, people kept mentioning that they read so many blogs they couldn't even keep up with the posts without bloglines, let alone subsequent comments. [This I did know, but on many posts you can now get emails sent to you with every follow up comment -- I did this once on one post and decided I didn't wasn't really interested enough to get all that follow up.]
So why use bloglines... what can you see? Somehow I had this vision that it wouldn't be as good as looking at blogs. OMG... it's fabulous! Up until now, I've just been using my bookmarks in my internet browser and visiting every site with the hope that the writer had posted since the last time I visited (and many times I was disappointed). With bloglines, you can see when there has been a new post and then by clicking on a link it takes your right to the new post! Score!
No more repeat visits with no new content. I can now be happy about "watching" a number of blogs I like that I know post relatively infrequently because now I can visit them when, and only when, they have new posts.
This is dreamy!
Get an account, if not Bloglines one of the other aggregators. You'll never look back.