“Are you sure you want to mark 463 items from All Items as Read?”
“Are you sure you want to mark 796 items from All Items as Read?”
“Are you sure you want to mark 1125 items from All Items as Read?”
If my Feed Reader had a voice, it would get shriller and more insistent each day, louder, demanding attention, protesting the fact that I was ignoring it so casually.
Here it is, working so earnestly and devotedly for me, grabbing my feeds the moment they appear, arranging them neatly for me to read – placing each blog post into the category I had organized for it, and then I don’t even open the folder.? Or I open it just to discard the feeds.
Worse, I log in and check my email, but not the feeds.? My feed reader knows I have logged in, it has all my feeds ready for me.? Does it wait patiently for me to notice it (or him or her?)? Does it feel like the plainer sibling that everyone ignores in favor of the curly haired, attractive kid in the house?? Is my Feed Reader resigned to the prospect that my mail will always take priority over my feeds?
I came back from vacation and eagerly checked my blog and my email. But I hesitated long before finally summoning up the courage to open my feedreader. I knew there would be a million posts waiting for me, give or take a few thousand.
As I read my mail, I felt guilty about ignoring my reader. I didn’t have the time, but then that sounds so callous. It is somewhat like turning way from the devoted dog that is wagging its tail and begging for a little attention.
My reader was not even reproachful, or boastful. It didn’t tell me I had a million unread posts, didn’t send out messages saying I was slacking off, and didn’t even boast about how many posts it had grabbed for me -1000+ was all it said. I noticed that the number didn’t change even after I had skimmed through thousands of posts.
I wonder if my feed reader actually reads all those posts, or merely counts them?? I know my mail client reads my mail, it even shows me ads based on my mail.? But what about my feed reader?
I know it shows me recommendations for blogs I might like, so I suspect it does note the blogs I read.
If I subscribe to my own feed, will my feed reader read this post?? Will it understand that I really love it, just as I love my mail, but just not as obsessively?
Why am I talking to my feed reader anyway?