As you may have seen last week, Liz Burns wrote her eulogy for Bloglines: It is Bloglines You Mourn For. I’ve never used Bloglines, but I do use Google Reader and FeedRinse, and I am testing RSS Owl to collect and manage content from the various blogs and news sources I follow.
Google Reader has not always given me what I need, but the idea of it going away and dumping my info just frosts me. Where will it go? My new “priority inbox”? I understand life on the information superhighway evolves … but does it always have to be faster than the speed of light? And does it always have to mean messing with something that is working just fine, thank you very much? Like Liz, I would love the answer to her question:
Why does every. bloody. thing have to be a social experience?
This summer – and probably for the next several summers – I spent more time as Mom than online reviewer, writer, reader, and even lurker. So I parsed my time carefully. I knew if I checked the Feed Reader, I’d have something to make me smile or think or reassure me that spending my days reading was worthwhile. Twitter – sometimes yes, sometimes no. Facebook – not so much.
Now that Catherine is back in school, I find myself still drawn more to what the blogs are saying than finding out who needs water for their barn animals, who is what level of mafiosa, or Trivia ratings. It is so annoying trying to get past all that *noise* that I have basically quit going to FB unless I’m replying to something someone sent me (and which I found out about via an email).
I get tired of trying to squish a thought into 140 characters or less … or mash it into a cyberbyte (aka soundbyte) that is attention grabber, title, and content all rolled into one. Sometimes I want a REAL conversation, where things are thought out in at least a couple of sentences. That’s why I love my blogging friends … and I can chat with them (and leave comments!) as time allows. THAT is a real social event … one where you have time to really catch up with people, not just “hello-goodbye.”
Yes, Liz’ post struck a nerve. I am sure it is because I was thinking about “everything is social” all summer long: just how social do I have to be to be an effective, efficient, and well informed Mom-preneur and literacy advocate? Don’t know. Do you?