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If you give a girl a blog, then she’ll want RSS…

June 1st, 2004 · 10 Comments

My kids – especially Abigail with her documented affection for syndication – will like this blog, I’m sure. I’ve already let her try reading RSS is – it’s good material for vocabulary lessons and understanding Mommy and Daddy’s conversations….

At the rate these questions continue to come….
and certainly after I show them that blog

Next, they’ll want an aggregator too…

As I’m writing this I’m realizing it’s starting to sound like a version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie*

…if you give a girl a blog then she’ll want an RSS feed. And if you give a girl an RSS feed, she’s going to ask for an aggregator….

Hmmmm, I’ve been thinking about writing a children’s book… maybe I should consider collaborating with Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond…could be cute!

Or perhaps you get the aggregator first and then want a blog…I’ll have to ask the proprietor of the newly-opened K’s Cafe to answer that one…;)

Thanks, Jay. I agree that my kids “rock”! 😉

Updated original post to add clarity and literary context below:

* I don’t own a copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but here’s a quote

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.

“Logical silliness”, as one Amazon.com review describes a Numeroff and Bond book, may also apply to this post…and maybe some of the comments too…;)

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Randy Charles Morin // Jun 1, 2004 at 6:21 pm

    A girl after Dave Winer’s heart.

  • 2 Dave Winer // Jun 1, 2004 at 7:10 pm

    I want to marry your daughter when she grows up.

  • 3 Dave Winer // Jun 1, 2004 at 7:10 pm

    Or maybe it’s when I grow up?? Puzzling.

  • 4 Julie // Jun 1, 2004 at 9:10 pm

    Um, Ted may have something to say about that, Dave. 😉

  • 5 Ted Leung // Jun 1, 2004 at 9:53 pm


    First, you have to wait till she grows up…

    Next, you have to convince her…

    Then, you have to convince me…

  • 6 Katherine // Jun 1, 2004 at 11:40 pm

    For me it was:
    If you give a girl a friend who blogs really beautifully, she’ll want to spend all her time reading the blog. Then since the blog talks about RSS feeds and aggregators so much, she’ll eventually ask you to set her up with an aggregator, even though she doesn’t know what RSS stands for. Then, because the aggregator saves so much time and builds up so much excitement about seeing who’s posted what next, but sometimes no one’s posted anything since she last checked 5 minutes ago, she’ll want to start her own blog to fill in the gaps. 🙂 Then the long weekend’s over and life sets in and there’s no time left to blog OR read! (until antihistamines for her cold cause excitability and she can’t get to sleep even though she’s supposed to be doing so)

  • 7 Don Park // Jun 2, 2004 at 1:05 am

    Hmm. A news aggregator for kids. What a great idea! Obviously, it needs to support skins so girls can have read feeds in pinky haze and my son could read through Yu-Gi-Oh nonsense. As silly as all this sounds, I think it’s a MUST.

  • 8 Julie // Jun 2, 2004 at 8:20 am

    I think if I read and remember correctly, the idea of a browser for kids may have been mentioned at the recent Internet Law conference at Harvard, as something that could censor content for kids. However, it had its drawbacks in that a browser for kids could also be targeted. But I think that your idea sounds fun too and I’m sure it would catch on quick – I could give it a test drive with my own family…

  • 9 JayT // Jun 2, 2004 at 10:08 am

    Don and the Scobleizer almost hit the nail on the head, a couple/4 months back.

    Branded aggregators. But no good because you don’t want an aggregator for each news service.

    Skins takes care-a that.

    For kids?? As I posted once (I thin’ that one ended up in File 13), each item needs rated. Needs to be in the spec.

    (Btw, I CANNOT WAIT until Abigail and/or I grow up sufficiently.. and no, I am NOT proposing.. just a statement of fact…;-)

  • 10 unmediated // Jun 2, 2004 at 5:13 pm

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