I like to keep up with a number of blogs. Generally, I check several times a day whether there are any updates because of the time differences between the UK and the US.
I soon discovered that it was better to use an RSS reader rather than visiting each individual blog on the off-chance that it had been updated. My first attempt was using the RSS feed function in Firefox. This is pretty basic. For one thing is doesn’t tell you when there are new items and doesn’t mark them in any way (there’s no unread/read switch) and in some cases at least, shows posts in the wrong order.
My next attempt was using the RSS feed function in Opera. This is better. If new posts come in, it puts up a flag advising you and new items are marked by putting the title in bold lettering. So far, it has presented the posts correctly in time order. On the other hand, it sometimes takes a long time to discover new posts – up to a day in a couple of cases.
My third go was the RSS function in Thunderbird. This is arguably the best so far but only if you are using Thunderbird as your email client. It’s hardly worth running it just for the blogs. I have been using it as my email client recently but will probably go back to TheBat! (as I always do) because of certain insoluble little problems with it.
So I am still looking for the ideal RSS reader. Those mentioned allow you to read the post, or a truncated version thereof, but that’s all. I suspect that there are readers allowing more sophisticated facilities, though perhaps I am wrong.
It obviously makes sense to use a reader that is part of some other regularly used software such as your browser or email client but I suppose I might consider other options if the results warranted it. What other good ways of keeping up with RSS feeds have you clever people found?