and so i sallied forth to investigate that which is the rss feed. much like the name implies, it was, in fact, really simple stuff. cut and paste, cut and paste. i can see how creating a newsreader account would be useful for informational blogs. for example, i signed up to several librarian blogs, notably jessamyn west's 2 blogs, and can envision checking stuff like that via the newsreader account. they are not heavy on the visuals and i am looking at them more to check out what's going on rather than to experience the blog. where i can't see the newsreader account being of much interest to me at all is with blogs that rely heavily on graphical content. i have several indie design blogs that i check regularly. it's like window shopping online, as i never buy stuff, i just gaze longingly. however, when i look at them via bloglines, the viewing screen alters the layout and design in a not so fabulous way.
as for using the various blog search tools, i can't say as i'm keen. i actually prefer google's blog search function to any of the ones listed for this project. i find that when i search via google i actually pull up blogs that are relevant to my search term as opposed to bringing up completely random blogs that just happened to use the word i'm looking for in a single post. using google to search librarian blogs the first blog on the list is jessamyn west's librarian.net. makes sense to me. the other blog search tools bring me to more commercial enterprises, and more often than not the first hit is amazon. sigh. and can somebody tell me what is with all of the cute and witty names for these blog search tools? feedster, technorati, syndic8... i get it, you're hip and 2.0 and stuff. seriously, i get it.