And I think I must admit to it. I finally found a good way to keep up with my favorite blogs. I'd been avoiding it. Refusing it. Pushing it off, holding it at bay, despite high praise and recommendations from many good friends.
Yes, I have bought into the RSS idea. The "follow this blog" idea. The "put the link in here and we'll follow it for you and pull up their posts for you when they post" idea.
I hate it when other people are right and I'm just being stubborn to hold out for the familiar. It makes me look rather pathetic.
But this RSS/Following idea, it was a GOOD idea. It saves me SO MUCH time, puts my forty million links in one place, gives me only the blogs that have updated to check, and snippets of those to decide if I even want to check. If I find a new blog, I don't have to weigh it all at once to see if it's worth posting on my site - I can plug the link in and watch it for a while, see how often I read it. And (one of my favorite parts) when I do my updating in the Blogger Dashboard, I can click right in to the blog so all that pretty, original, identifiable design work isn't wasted via email or somebody else's formatting! (Ahem. Google Reader. Feedburner. I'm sure there are others.)
I'm even gonna ask you to consider subscribing to/following me. Look at that. It's in the sidebar for however long my sense of the aesthetic can stand it.
Sigh. I am a weak person.
Okay. I think I can live with that.