Okay everyone, it’s time to de-lurk for a minute because I need to discuss something. Are you using a feed reader to read my site? If so, I would love to know which one. What made you choose that particular reader over another? I see in my referral stats that people are most often using Google Reader, Bloglines, or Livejournal’s syndication. I’m sure there are others that just aren’t showing up.
I’ve long resisted readers. The reason for that is that I like to see everyone’s designs and sidebars and whatnot. I can’t see someone’s flickr photos unless I also subscribe to that particular RSS too. I don’t get to see someone’s new layout unless they specifically mention it and I click over. By visiting each site separately via my blogroll I can see all those things, I can see new buttons and doo-hickeys that they’ve added to their sidebars, and I get the full experience.
On the other hand, enough people mention that they’re using one feed reader or another that I’m starting to wonder if I’m missing out on something. I wonder if maybe it would be faster to read things through feeds because I wouldn’t have to click through and wait for things to load.
What are the pros and cons of using a reader for your favorite blogs? Do you still take the time to comment on entries or is it too much hassle to bother clicking through for that? Does it speed up the time it takes to read all the blogs you want to read? I’d love to hear your thoughts!