Failed Experiments

For a few days now I’ve been running a little experiment using feedburner to splice in my flickr and del.icio.us feeds into one monolithic feed, then offering that feed for subscription here (this isn’t a new idea, I nicked it from Tom Coates, and there are others doing the same thing).

But ever since I started it’s been bugging me that my feed has been giving the impression that I’m a busy bee, when all that is really happening is I’m being lazy and letting automation take over. It would seem I’m not the only one who has noticed. Tom, Matt Haughey and Dave Shea have all been voicing their concerns with feed splicing.

I like the idea of offering feeds for all the content I produce, especially as I’m now making more use of flickr and delicious, but the monolithic feed wasn’t working for me, and in fact was actually pissing me off (tip: subscribe to your own feed, see what your readers see), so I’ve expanded the feed box to offer individual feeds. The choice is back in your hands.

On a similar tack I’ve also killed del.ico.us automatically posting the daily links here. I like the way Dave Shea handles it with a separate section, so I may go down that route, but that’s for another day.

We live and learn. And as we learn, things get better… hopefully!