Here’s the thing: I’ve resisted the whole syndication wave for eons. I’ve provided various feeds for this site, mostly because the software made it really easy, but also because I knew there were folks out there who I wanted to keep up with the doings here via Bloglines or other such aggregators. For myself, though, I’ve really stuck with my blogroll, checking the sites that ping blogrolling.com religiously, and the others a bit less so. Reading blogs has been for me as much about the personalized interface as about the text — actually, probably not as much, but the site design creates an important sense of the blogger for me, and I didn’t want to lose that.
Last week, though, I started thinking about the number of sites that don’t ping blogrolling.com, whose updates I frequently miss out on. And then a couple of days ago I dreamed that I opened a Bloglines account.
Honestly. I dreamed about reading blogs via Bloglines.
So I figured this was an omen, and who am I not to follow its dictates? I’ve opened my Bloglines account, and have been adding feeds this afternoon.
But here’s the massively stupid question — and I do mean massively stupid, i.e., so stupid it’s not even included in the FAQ, because who could possibly ask a question like this:
What’s my Bloglines username?
When I created the account, I was asked to log in with an email address as my user id. But if you want to make your subscriptions public (and I may or may not), you are told to direct the folks you’re sharing with to “http://www.bloglines.com/public/USERNAME”. And clearly that username is not meant to be the user id/email address I created the account with. And when I attempt to update my user profile, where I’d assume such a username would be either created or stored, I get bupkis. The form has entries for first and last name, and whether you want those to be shown, but nowhere does it specify a username.
A little help…?