How can we deal with the avalanche of information pouring from millions of weblogs every hour?
By providing RSS feeds that are broken down by category!
Myke of Myke’s weblog suggests an elegant solution to the problem: He would like to be able to subscribe to specific categories of a blog.
I think that would change blogging in a major way and would open the door to improved communication between bloggers and their readers. It would allow more experimentation by bloggers of all kinds and would allow "business bloggers" to interject comments about areas unrelated to their professional activities.
For a blogger like myself, whose output runs the gamut from political musings to deer-blogging, it would allow some of my readers to eliminate all of the boring stuff about self-publishing and surviving corporate employment and receive only the latest updates about Chernobyl and my restaurant reviews.
It would also make me do a better job of choosing categories so that my readers could get pure feeds on subjects that interest them.
I think the idea has fantastic possibilities. Perhaps the categories should be aligned with Technorati tags. I would envision the feed breakdown as follows:
Ripples: post-corporate living,
and so forth.
I can envision multiple RSS feed buttons on the sidebar of my weblog. A reader would choose the feed(s) they wanted to follow. It could cut down on their traffic immensely.
All we need is for someone to implement this. Suggestions?