I learned two important things this weekend, things that are obvious to countless others but which remained unknown to me until now:
- Bambi is a boy.
- You don’t have to visit a blog to read a blog.
I saw the movie Bambi for the first time in my life this weekend (I’m 31 years old), or at least for the first time that I can recollect. It fascinated me to no end because as I watched this movie so many other movies (especially Disney animal movies) made more sense to me. But one thing absolutely shocked me – Bambi is a boy?!?!?!?! Excuse my gender stereotyping for a moment, but what kind of boy name is that? I always thought Bambi was a girl . . .
And in reference to #2: I’ve been trying to make my blog-reading more efficient. There are a small handful of blogs I read nearly every day, and many more that I check on an irregular basis. However, as the regulars take time away from their keyboards for summer fun, I’ve been casting a wider net in search of satisfaction for my daily blogging fix. But what results is a list of 34 bloglinks that is just too long to go through on any consistent basis. Add to that the inevitable loss of interest in a blog that takes place when the author doesn’t update too frequently, and I’m left with blogging blues (woe is me).
Well, many of you have known this for years, but I’ve just discovered www.feedreader.com, where you can download a free, nifty little program that allows you to view, read, sort, and organize any number of blogs and other news sources without surfing from page to page to page to page looking for new posts to read. Because you can read the most recent posts from your favorite blogs directly in Feedreader, you don’t even need to visit the blog’s website. (And yes, pictures, graphics, hyperlinks and other blog post formatting shows up in the Feedreader window.) And it is sortable by date/time, tag, author, read/unread, so I can quickly find the blogposts I want to read . . .
Well, it’s been a successful weekend: I discovered Bambi’s gender and found Feedreader. Who could ask for more? And there’s still one more day in the weekend – who knows what else tomorrow might bring!