A while back, someone sent me email (or maybe commented?) that they hadn’t seen a post from this blog in Bloglines until three or four (or was it six?) days after it was posted. They were gracious enough to say that this was troublesome, that they wanted to know about my posts. (Well, they’re infrequent, which may help.)
I suppose the title of the post tells the story. I just now–that is, at about 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 27–found the C&I 7:2 announcement post in Bloglines. That’s four days, and it’s not atypical. I’m never surprised when my egofeed of comments from W.a.r. shows the comment before I ever get the egofeed of the post itself…although comments also show up only sporadically.
And yet I’m clearly getting prompt notification for some? most? other blogs, including others on LISHost, along with Bloglines’ occasional trick of providing the 25 most recent posts whenever there’s a new one.
I’m not ready to give up on Bloglines. I tried the recommended Firefox-extension alternative and really didn’t like it. I like the way Bloglines works–enough to tolerate, for now, the extent to which it’s flakey.
I would suggest load leveling as a cause, or maybe that it picks up blogs more or less frequently depending on whether they have lots of subscribers. But I’m solidly within the B list among libloggers–over 300 Bloglines subs in all (split between feeds), and an absurd 1,200+ sessions per day (more recently). So unless it’s an inverse relationship (widely-subscribed blogs get polled less often?), that doesn’t make sense.
If this post seems hectic, well, it’s in that just-before-grocery-shopping interval, and Blake just managed to solve a problem that had me shut out of all three domains (followed by a related problem that kept me out of writing/administering here), and hey, it’s Saturday.
Things will get better. They usually do. Ah well, I managed to break a post-Midwinter writer’s block yesterday (writing a brief chapter for the probable-book I’m working on), so that’s good news.
Quick update Monday, January 29: I received this post in Bloglines this morning (marked as a 6 a.m. Monday update). At 10 a.m., I received a Comments feed–with comments ranging back as far as January 24. That’s fairly typical; I seem to get one Comments feed a week, more or less.