I use bloglines to track my blogs. Before bloglines I used to always visit the individual sites and in doing that you take in the blog’s brand or identity, however when you read stuff through bloglines, you lose that and everything becomes bloglines-branded
I think this has an effect on the content for me I often get confused half way through an article as to who’s blog I’m reading, because I don’t have those visual cues.
but I think there is an interesting discussion about the impact of rss-readers on the consumption of content
writing style is really the only way for that identity to show through otherwise you’re lost… bloglines might have well as written the post
yeah exactly…and for me I have certain assumptions about blog authors, and the content changes if I think it’s coming from the wrong one
like I trust something more if it’s from kottke.org, or there’s a few blogs I read where I sort of think the author is a know-it-all prick, so if I think I’m reading one of their posts I might be a bit more skeptical/cynical
oh and one more follow-up point…if you have only ever consumed content from a blog through bloglines or some third party site, you’re never really experiencing it in the context it was meant to be in the brand
I think the last bit there is the most interesting, and I also believe there is a swath of discussion to be had over the topic. Personally, I’ve avoided anything beyond an incoming feed of links to articles that others have published, but have purposefully avoided reading entire posts without reading them on their native site; it just doesn’t do justice to the content or the author when their words are removed from what is figuratively their digital persona in the light of their site. So what do you think?