Customize Your Blog Reading

RSS-feed-benchLike many of us, Jim Henley reads blogs through a feed reader. Now, he’s working on customizing his reading experience by creating some “edited feeds” via Yahoo Pipes that eliminates recurring posts that he doesn’t like: Open-Thread-Free Eschaton, Outside the Beltway — Substantive (no caption contests or music videos), and Poliblogger Gringofied (no Latin American politics).

It’s an interesting solution for the problems Jim described a year ago in “Who Blogs Too Much?“   And it’s a good solution to the problem of the great blogger with an annoying pet peeve.  I’d like Andrew Sullivan a lot more if I skipped his obsessing on Trig Palin and the papacy.  (And I largely agree with him on the latter but, damn it man, that horse is dead.)

So, let’s throw it open to the readership:  What other examples of addition by subtraction in the blogosphere would you recommend?

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  1. john personna says:

    I’m sometimes bothered by redundancy and reposts. I see it in economics blogs and in maker (what used to be called hobby-electronics) blogs. On the other hand, a 3rd reference to the same thing sometimes triggers me to finally go and take a look at it. So, I guess I wouldn’t actually remove dups.

    What I need is something that feeds in just enough general news to keep me part of the mainstream. Reading about economics and electronics I seldom hear when someone famous dies or is eaten by a whale.

  2. Herb says:

    Friday Catblogging needs to go!

    Sullivan’s pope posts are getting old and I think he posted some yesterday despite promises to take weekends off. But remember when he was fixated on exposing the evils of circumcision, or as he called it, “Male Genital Mutilation?” I’m glad he got over that one…

  3. Any chance the comment threads can be similarly filtered?

  4. john personna says:

    Any chance the comment threads can be similarly filtered?

    In what sense charles? The next chapter I read in Mauboussin’s Think Twice was about how we need competing ideas to keep our brains in balance. The counter example used was actually political … Cheney’s old requirement that hotel rooms be pre-tuned to Fox news.

  5. Dodd says:

    Clearly if he culls OTB Latenight from his feed he’s missing the best part of the site!

  6. James Joyner says:

    Clearly if he culls OTB Latenight from his feed he’s missing the best part of the site!

    To each his own, I guess. People are funny. Jim posts plenty of non-political stuff at his own site but he’s got a narrower interest in his blog reading.

    Or maybe he just doesn’t share your musical tastes!

  7. Triumph says:

    Lets be clear. I have tons of fans here. You need to create the “Triumph Filter” so my people can get quick access to my comments.

    It’s straight talk, fair and balanced.

  8. john personna — Seriously, does the projection ever end? Why do you suppose I would want to filter comments out to avoid competing ideas?

  9. john personna says:

    There’s this thing we do charles, when it could go one way or the other. We ask a question.

    That’s what I did up above, you’ll notice.

  10. john personna — no, you implied I want to filter out opionions I don’t agree with. Further, you then accuse me of being too stupid to get your nuance, you know, where maybe I want to do the smart thing and maybe I don’t. You’re a jerk and I’m through conversing with you. Have a nice life.

  11. john personna says:

    By asking the question I avoided the Cardinal Sin of inferring something and then turning around like a madman and claiming that you implied it in the first place.

  12. I recently built as a political blog aggregator to help me see a quick snapshot of left-leaning, right-leaning and centrist blogs.

    Because of the format, no one blogger can hijack my feed stream. The red page only shows the top conservative/libertarian blogs, the blue page shows progressive blogs and the purple page shows a mix.

    It’s a fast and interesting way to browser the latest political news. The purple page does a particularly good job of showing a wide-spectrum of current political opinions. Think popurls, but for politics.