For this post, I explored Feedly (http://feedly.com/i/my) as an RSS for library and education-related blogs. It was a simple tool to use, in that finding blogs using the search bar and the genre-specific search was relatively easy.
I loved how easy it was to use Feedly, and I see the many ways in which an RSS could simplify the symptoms of information sickness. Not only that, but Feedly provides a quick glance at what professionals across the blogosphere are focused on and are accessible in one place for readers. While the interface was relatively easy to navigate, the overall appearance of Feedly was unattractive. While that may seem secondary to content, it can be a distraction when one is used to the cool, streamlined look of many other online tools.
My experience with Feedly was fantastic, as it allowed me to really explore librarians and educators across the globe who are making a difference in both the world of library science and in the not-so-traditional classroom. Not only that, but Feedly was similar to Twitter in that subscribing to one blog within a topic lead to subscriptions of others who shared similar topics. It made blog-searching less of a chore and a more organic experience.
Eventually, when students in the English courses here at SHS are blogging more regularly, Feedly will be a fabulous tool for them to use as well, beyond the professional connections tool that it serves for me. Students can discover one another as writers and use Feedly (or another RSS site) to “subscribe” to one another and keep up with what other students are writing about.
Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.
from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket?’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright‘” (Bradbury 63).