When I work I like my experience to be as productive as possible, I may not be productive at the time but I still want the tools I use to be productive.Â For me most of my time is spent working on computers and as such its the software which is my window to experience and productivity.
What a great tool these things are, my tool of choice is FeedDemon.Â Why do I choose this?Â Â Well I suppose like many bloggers I have a lot of information which I read from about 200 or more RSS feeds and for me, right now, the products which plug into my email client just don’t provide me with the full or fast enough experience (I think they’re great for most people but don’t suit me).
The experience is broken though.Â I consume information but for many posts the information is the starting pistol for a comment debate.Â For example when Ed posted a response and stimulated a debate around Domino DesignerÂ the most amazing insight was from the 130 comments.Â I don’t generally get much debate here as my audience is fairly modest but when reading blog articles through RSS I want to interact with the comments, I want to do it from the aggregator and I don’t want to have to rely on co-comment or other plugins.Â Here would be my ideal design:
Although I have the article and comments as 2 panes I think my preference would be for one pane which scrolled to allow the comments to be viewed.Â In fact I’d be happy for all the right hand 4 panes to be controlled with the same scroll bar, but I’d like the ability to post a comment or respond to float with my scrolling.
Why do I propose this method of working? Well …
- I don’t want to keep switching between applications
- I want to have all my blog reading in one place (comments and articles)
- I like the idea of being able to respond instantly
I did want to link to other articles on the same theme but I haven’t been able to find useful links or references.Â Surely I’m not the only person thinking along these lines?Â Time to leave that aggregator, open that browser, scroll to the comment box and write a comment (really productive eh!).