I just realized that I hate Bloglines, and at the same time why I hate Bloglines. It is because Bloglines is like e-mail! I *hate* e-mail!
With Bloglines, just like e-mail, if you do not read a blog post, it just *sits* there in your “inbox.” I *hate* my inbox! I still have this incredible e-mail backlog that goes back to last summer, and insufficient time & motivation to clean it out, I’m considering just deleting everything more than 6 months old so that I don’t have to look at it anymore.
I suppose that I can “clean out” my Bloglines “inbox” by clicking the root folder (which currently says “46 feeds”). That will mark all unread blog posts read. Unfortunately, the resulting webpage that it serves up sorts the posts by which blog they came from, not by the time it they posted, so I can’t just glance at the latest few posts to get a sense of what is going on and then get back to my work.
Kinja is better, but still not adequate. Why not? Because it doesn’t provide the full text of each entry, even for blogs that provide the full entry in their RSS feed. You can only view summaries.
All I want is something like my LJ friends’ list, except for things outside of Livejournal. Is that really so much to ask?
I suppose I could try installing my own copy of Planet somewhere, but surely that’s overkill. There has to be a free service that does this somewhere out there.