He Likes to Read But Not Write Blogs

By Mike Maddaloni on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 03:22 PM with 3 comments

Back in July when I wrote a post about Jakob Nielsen not liking blogs, I was not sue then if the title was appropriate. After reading this post on Practical eCommerce's site, Dr. Nielsen does like to reads them, at least the few mentioned.

By reading his blog list, it can be deduced he reads them as Web pages, especially as he suggests Search Engine Land should abandon the blog format. Where I will not argue his opinion, they could take his advice yet still offer its feed with no notice to current feed readers. This points to the value of RSS feeds, whether you are publishing a blog or not. RSS feeds can be added to any Web site to publish any content, including press releases, “what’s new” lists or even as a replacement or addition to email newsletters... such as AlertBox.

I have never been a fan of the term “blogosphere” as it suggests that blogs are on their own and separate from Web sites. The application of technology like RSS helps blur that distinction, and I think this is a very good thing.

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