File this one under “cool” folks. Bloglines is a free web-based news aggregator that allows you to track all your favorite blogs in one place. Any blog that generates an RSS feed can be monitored by Bloglines. In short by registering for a free account with Bloglines.com, you can enter the URLs of all your favorite blogs, and then simply check your Bloglines page when you want to catch up on them. Bloglines will let know know immediately which ones have new articles…
With Bloglines you can organize your favorite blogs into folders as shown in the image at right. You can even peruse articles from multiple blogs in one window, or hop over to each blog and read the articles there.
Perhaps the coolest capability of Bloglines is the notifier. The notifier is a small executable you can download and install on your computer. It puts a small icon on your screen which changes appearance and (at your option) plays a sound when one of the blogs you are following is updated. Since I use windows, the icon appears in my system tray and looks like this: . When a blog I am interested in is updated the icon changes to look like this: . Clicking the icon takes me directly to my Bloglines page where I can then see what's up. Now when I sit down at my computer I can tell immediately if there's anything new on the blogs that interest me without even having to open a browser window. How cool is that?
Blogrolling with Bloglines
|Here's my blogroll…||Here's the script that generated it|
Note that since you can specify the folder in the script you can make multiple different kinds of blogrolls… political, science, humor, whatever and Bloglines will do all the heavy lifting for you. The appearance of the Bloglines blogroll can be customized via CSS to help make it match your blog better.
Bloglines definitely gets a thumbs-up from me. Give it a try!