Opting in

Should I feel guilty for not posting in a long time? I really don’t think so.

Blogging (to me) is about sharing what you have to share, when you have to share it. Two recent posts (by Harold Jarche, and Brent Schlenker) got me thinking about how much I LOVE RSS! (To me) it’s all about skimming off the top of everything that’s out there what I want to pay attention to. Gone are the days of running down my list of “Favorites” just to see if something has changed on the page. Honestly, I’ve probably scanned* through tons more information** since I made bloglines my homepage last November than I did during my ENTIRE stint as a graduate student. Obviously the depth [whatever that really means] wasn’t as great on all of the tons more information I’ve reviewed… EXCEPT WHERE/WHEN I WANTED IT!

Interestingly enough, I was asked last week in a job interview “…how [I] keep [my]self current in [my] profession…”. I started with the standard (sometimes very expensive!) stuff:

  • industry periodicals
  • conferences
  • peer group discussions

but then came a (very cheap!) revelation for me:

  • Using my RSS feeds, I review the practical application, thoughts and experiences of ~100 learning professionals in the real world EVERY DAY. If I want, I make a comment on their thoughts and open a dialog with them.

I mean, really, has anything like this been possible in the history of ever?

* for purposes of comparison, “scanned” = sped read a paragraph to see if I wanted to to learn more.

** for purposes of this exercise, “tons more information” = significantly greater number of authors on a significantly greater number of subjects

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3 Responses to “Opting in”


  1. 1 Brent Schlenker April 3, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Isn’t it a beautiful thing? The implications are mindblowing when you really think about it.
    Random, thoughtful, comments and email from people all over the globe engaging in a conversation with ME! And chatting about something I really enjoy…go figure.

  2. 2 Adam June 4, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Even better, you can get all your rss feeds delivered to your email inbox in a single daily digest if you use feedblitz or some other service. Makes it easy when you’re looking for something you read three weeks ago, since you just search your email archives (assuming you have gmail or something with equally monstrous storage capacity).

  3. 3 pfender June 5, 2007 at 8:23 am

    I just downloaded a plugin for Outlook 2003 called Attensa. I haven’t messed with it yet, but it promises to do the same thing (RSS feeds to your mailbox).

    Lots of kewl capability out there!


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