This isn’t entirely by accident; lately there are more interesting bits of news than normal. Usually, I have an opinion about them, and I want to poll you all to start up a discussion.
Or I’m just feeding the iPhone lurkers.
I’ve talked about Google Reader frequently in the past because: a) it’s my feed reader of choice and b) I enjoy finding new content by browsing other people’s shared items. It’s actually a pretty good semantic filter for the ‘tubes, more on than in a future post.
Anyway, producing blog posts is sometimes fun and sometimes a damn chore. So, I’ve been chatting with Rich about pumping our Reader Shared Items feeds into this blog.
This has a couple advantages.
First, it’s less work for me, w00t! Not that I won’t continue to blog, but it will keep the content fresh and your unread count high.
Second, it should build conversation around stuff we (OK, probably I) find interesting, e.g. this item today about how Linux is “holding our kids back”; an item like this might not warrant a full post, since there’s not much I could add, but it’s still a topic I think we’d find interesting.
Third, lately it helps feed the lurkers content; that’s the accepted term and not meant as a negative. I’ve heard from several people internally that they read here frequently, and yet, I never see comments from these people. My assumption is that they would appreciate more content. Correct me if I’m wrong, heh in the comments.
Finally, it might help this blog take on a more representative personality, i.e. this is a team blog, not my personal dumping ground for opinions and other crap that interests me. The rest of the ‘Lab find blogging to be a chore, so adding their feeds helps them overcome that hump.
So what do you think of this plan, and why am I asking?
I’m asking because I think many/some people don’t like blogs that push out periodic link posts in the absence of real content. And I don’t want to waste Rich’s time and effort setting this up if no one wants it.
Let me know what you think in the comments. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.