21 May 2005
More on RSS feeds

Tim Worstall has his own reasons (see comments) for not publishing full posts to his RSS feed:

I know none of us britbloggers are anywhere close to making money out of this yet but the time will come when some are and it will be advertising driven. Got to get people to come to the actual site.

I suppose it depends on why you blog.  I blog to get my ideas across and to be read.  But if were paid to do it then I would be able to blog more and, therefore, get more ideas across and be read more.  So, I could be in a bind here if it weren’t for my naive belief that if you make it as easy as possible for people to read you then the money (if there is any) will follow.

That is why I am such a big advocate of RSS feeds - they make it easier to be read.  And that is why I believe they will be the future.  Indeed, I think the day is not far off when RSS feeds supplant blogs altogether.

Strangely enough, only yesterday, Pejman Yousefzadah, writing for Tech Central Station was suggesting that not long from now bloggers will get paid for their RSS feeds as aggregators share the proceeds of advertising.

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  1. I have my own complaints about that piece which I’ll be sending to Pejman later today.

    “that will make the activity economically—as well as intellectually—profitable and worthwhile.”

    He’s rather missed the meaning of theword “economically”. What he means is “financially”. Economically profitable means that an ectivity increases the utility of those doing it. Money is often the least of such motivations, pride, ideas, communication, social status, being vastly more important in most areas of human life. Another way of looking at it is to note that we are all homo economicus, people blog, so therefore blogging must be an economically profitable business even if it is not yet a financially so one.

    It might seem, in this context, a trivial distinction, but when one looks at the broader misunderstandings (ie, endless pieces with “Why must we live by the laws of economics?”...the answer being that you do because economics describes but not prescribes the rules by which you do live)one I consider highly important.

    Posted by Tim Worstall on 21 May 2005 at 11:59am

  2. The RSS feeders will either need to add their own adverts, with all sorts of implications, or carry the site’s ads with the feed if that model’s going to work.

    As I carry no ads, I’m not bothered either way - but I’d rather get the extra readers - which is why my RSS is the full monty. In the culture wars you need to worry about the thickness of the armour plating, not how many logos it’ll carry.

    Posted by Laban on 22 May 2005 at 01:15am

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