Tuesday, 21 September 2010
The white gloves of the last post are now safely back in the drawer and the curtains are open. While I wait for some more voile to arrive for the binding, I've been making the patch to go on the corner of the quilt - there are flowers appliqued in two opposite corners, framing the message (or they will, once the message has been stitched).
I was sad to find a couple of days ago that Bloglines is closing at the end of this month (for those that don't use it, it's a feed reader - a place where you can find the new posts of all the blogs that you've subscribed to). I have over 1600 blog posts to read stacked up in Bloglines...so although it pains me to think of what goodies I might be missing out on, I've found it liberating to make a fresh start with Google Reader. Importing all my subscriptions from Bloglines took less than 2 minutes and I'm enjoying the 'next' button that I've installed on my desktop that actually allows me to read the posts at the actual site of the blog, rather than through the reader, which removes all the personalisation of the blog header and sidebars.
What I found really interesting about the closure of Bloglines was one of their reasons for closing - that being that they feel people tend to receive update notifications in a more social way now, such as Twitter and Facebook, rather than an automated notifier. I only signed up to Twitter a few months ago, and can appreciate the benefit of its instantaneousness and its ability to open up a wider, ongoing conversation (although I worry about the possibility of being sucked in and living more of life online than offline and so don't allow myself to spend very much time on there). But I can't immediately see the reasons for being on Facebook too...can someone who knows explain?
Tell me - how do you use Facebook as a blog reader or a blogger? Do you go there just for updates or if it's conversation then how does that work differently from commenting on a blog? What's the benefit of it for the blogger and/or the blog reader?
So many questions, so much to be confused by...
PS. I think I've mentioned before Mr Teacake's disapproval of Twitter...I saw a fantastic t-shirt in French Connection which reminded me of him. The text across the chest read: 'This is the man. He does not tweet. He does not twitter'. I asked him if he would like me to buy him one. He said no as apparently the first line implies supremacy. I love that he actually thinks these things through (although now wonder what his thoughts are around the t-shirt that he owns which is covered in stars and the faded words 'big dippers'...)