Don’t get stuck in your RSS reader

After talking to some people about Blogging at Open Coffee Brussels, I realized that I almost never read an article in my RSS reader. All I do is selecting a category (depends on what mood I’m in) and I start scanning through the headlines. When something interesting pop’s up I hit (right-arrow) which fire’s up the article in my browser.

Reading an interesting article on the website itself gives me more feeling, it makes me more connected with the author. The design that surrounds the article was made for a specific reason: to add a visual, personal touch to the website’s content. I want to experience every word, every pixel & design decision – not just to read “plain text with images” in my rss reader.

Yes – content can be strong on it’s own, but design can add extra value to that content. It can help to express what the author wants to say, how he sees and experiences certain things in his life. Every color, font, width, margin, … was chosen for a specific reason (hopefully).

Besides design – Another interesting part is reading news about a specific subject, whenever I feel like. In the morning I tend to read technology news, whilst in the noon I like reading design related articles. Once back home I start reading all xhtml/css related articles.

So my dear readers, what are your RSS reading habbits?

8 Reacties op “Don’t get stuck in your RSS reader

    • frank
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 10:08
    • i’m very content-oriented really; i do 95% of my reading in google reader (online, offline using gears or the mobile version when on the road). i’ll only click through to read comments, to watch embedded video or to write a comment myself.

    • Benjamin
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 10:57
    • Reading about whatever topic I want, whenever I want to.

      Acquiring information has to go lightening fast for me, the only disadvantage of feedreaders atm is the inability to scan the comments of the articles either.

      Alas, content remains king for me.

    • Goedles
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 11:36
    • I was reading this post in my RSS-reader and quickly clicked through ;)
      Must admit, it’s a bad habit of mine. I mostly scroll quickly through my RSS-reader and when I read in my reader, I also go too fast. Reading an article is indeed best done on the website itself ..

    • Tim
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 14:34
    • Our little chat made me think but I guess it’s all about habits.
      I started using my netvibes because it made me save time aggregating all content I wanted to absorb. So content is king for me. Although I do like design, it is not as important as the content. I don’t browse to see something nice, I rather go for a walk in a park ;)

      I like to follow blogs because the stories on them are (mostly) written by far more intelligent people than me which only purpose is, imo to inspire. I’d like to know what they think and compares that to my thoughts. I don’t need a setting for that. How people write tells me more than their design. The best example for me is Seth Godin. Awful design but man, what does he inspire me…

      But in every way, it was a pleasure meeting you, Erlend!

    • frans
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 16:40
    • if it wasn’t for you asking a question to leave a comment, i wouldn’t have clicked through

      if my google reader would only allow me to leave a comment (and read them) within the reader itself.. i would stay in google reader

      it is true that designs can communicate something… it is also true that reading articles in the same layout is much more clearer in my mind

      if my daily newspaper would change layouts EVERY day, i’d go nuts.

    • Erlend
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 17:38
    • Ah, it’s great to see some new faces here. Also interesting to read that some people really focus on content instead of reading an article on the author’s website.

    • Erlend
    • 2 October 2008 omstreeks 19:52
    • @xavez: very good example, Jason’s website is one of those websites where good design adds value to the content.

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