Blogs serve a number of functions: highly-specialized media sources, public notebooks, a nexus for organzing a group of people and an inexpensive alternative to an ordinary web site, to name a few.
If I see a blog — or for those for whom blog is a bad thing, a Web site with regularly updated, short-format articles — I want to keep reading it in case something else useful comes along.
That’s how I got to reading more than 350 blogs, recently trimmed to a manageable 300. (Some writers post very infrequently.)
I read them via Google Reader, through I sometimes worry about my over-dependence on Google resources and choose instead a feed reader like Liferea, for Linux desktops. (If a blog doesn’t have a way to pump out the content of your blog — a feed, like RSS — it isn’t much of a blog to me. Fortunately, these days you have to almost go out of your way to not have a feed.) Back before my blog collection topped 30, I would use a Firefox plugin, Sage, which treated the feeds like bookmarks.
Which begs me to ask, how do you manage your favorite blogs? And what secret, out-of-the-way blog do you like.