Why do some people prefer reading blog articles by email? Reaching out to six random email subscribers spread across the planet (courtesy of Google’s Feedburner application which displays email addresses of anyone who subscribes this way) and asked for their insights, they were more than willing to share…
Mark Harai, a business development consultant in Costa Rica:
RSS readers just don’t work for me. I follow quite a few blogs, and I would miss a lot of great content if I used a reader. I prefer email because I don’t miss any post from blogs I follow. It’s convenient and easy to access articles I’m interested in reading at the time. I realize everyone is different, but the email option just works for me.
Karen Bice, an executive assistant in Texas:
Email is more convenient to me and less time consuming to stay up with blog subscriptions and Google alerts. I don’t follow RSS feeds as it would be just one more thing I would have to stay on top of.
Judy Parisella, a Massachusetts online marketer of civility:
It’s what I know, in that email is part of a process. I have six separate email addresses fed into Outlook, each of which is auto deposited into a respective ‘IN’ folder. Each email address follows different blogs, predicated on the email persona.
So once I read the blog on my schedule, I save, delete, file (for future leverage), unsubscribe, etc. I keep Outlook open from the moment I get on the computer until I shut the system down, which averages 10 hours a day. I’m not a mobile-multi-app practitioner at this point. I’ve got a Blackberry and I choose to only have two of the six email addresses fed into the phone. I elect to keep my connectivity limited when I’m not on my laptop.
This process works well for me, for right now — and for that reason I don’t think I’d go as far to urge someone else to adopt the same process for it may not work for them. I would certainly share the flow with them (as I have here), but otherwise it’s a process that works well for me for now.
Liz Hover, a Canadian digital media manager:
I’m not a fan of feed readers. I devour email. I like all my information in one place. One inbox. I’m not the type of person to ‘park’ information for later reading. If I don’t read it now, I never will. I find the layout of feed readers noisy. Email is so simple.
I pay for a Feed My Inbox account that allows me to receive email updates from any website with an RSS feed – even if email isn’t offered as an option.
Many of my friends prefer feed readers but I don’t see the logic in collecting information at another inbox and having to remember to check it.
Keith Davis, blogging about public speaking in Britain:
What’s the first thing you do when you get home?
OK, it’s have a cup of tea if you’re here in the UK, but the second thing you do is check your email. Without fail, you check your email messages so it makes sense to use email for as many things as possible: work contacts, social contacts, blog comments, and of course subscriptions to other blogs. Everything that you need to read, answer, and comment on — all in one place.
Email makes sense to me.
Tracy O’Connor, a Tennessee mother who works with a team to help you write better:
I subscribe to many blogs via email because:
1. I’m in the habit of checking my email several times a day so it’s far less likely I’ll miss something in my inbox than my RSS reader.
2. When I began blogging, I didn’t really know what a RSS reader was! So most of the blogs I subscribed to during that period are still via email since I wasn’t sure how to read them via RSS.
3. It does make it easier for me to read blogs on the go. I do have a Google app that can access my RSS feeds on my iPhone, but it’s a lot simpler just to read them from my inbox when I have a few free minutes during the day.
How to subscribe to this blog by email
If you’re reading this at ariherzog.com, there is a box in the right sidebar where you can write your email address and submit a form.
You will be promoted to double-verify your submission, first by a window that pops up asking you to type a random string of letters and second by an email message that has a link to click. That email may be in your spam folder if it’s not readily seen.
How do you read this blog? How do you read other blogs?