The constant chore: tracking the latest posts at a variety of blogs. In the old days I bookmarked each blog and then went through the list, checking to see if a site had any new items.
Then came along "push" technology, i.e., a site would tell me when recent posts were added. RSS: Really Simple Syndication. With Google Reader this system worked well. I would log on to Reader and there would be a listing of new posts, all in one convenient spot. It worked great with my Android tablet.
Then Google hit the kill switch on Reader.
I looked for a replacement service: Bloglines, Feedly, AOL Reader. These RSS reader programs have one thing in common: they suck. Clumsy interfaces, glitches and hang-ups.
I needed something that worked efficiently, especially with my tablet.
And I finally found it.
Like in the old days I go through the list and directly access each site. Not as convenient as Google Reader but less snags than the other RSS services I've tried.
I have one page with bookmark shortcuts on my tablet. The downside: I have to go to a site to see if anything was added since my last visit, "pulling" on each one. The upside: a lot less frustration.
Too bad. RSS is a good system but only as good as the services using it.
I heard a rumor that Google plans to kill-switch Blogspot...