Like a lot of bloggers, I check my RSS feed reader regularly. I use it to keep up to date with what’s happening in the blogging world, to keep up to date on the latest gadgets and games and I also subscribe to some sports and entertainment blogs. In total I subscribe to about 75 blogs.
I logged into my NetVibes account today to see that all my feeds were gone. All the category tabs I had set up were still there however the feeds were gone. It’s probably just a temporary problem (hopefully) however it did make me realise how much I rely on my news reader, both for blogging and for reading my favourite websites. One of the slogans Netvibes uses is ‘Save 30 minutes of your internet time every day‘, which I believe is true of all RSS feed readers.
No doubt about it, the number of hours I work on the internet everyday would drastically increase if I didn’t use my feed reader. I know not all bloggers use feed readers regularly, infact, many admit to not reading other blogs at all. I guess it depends on what information you want and how you want it filtered to you.
How much do you rely on your feed reader? Is it a vital part of your blogging routine or does it just make checking your favourite blogs a little bit easier?