Wednesday, July 13, 2005

How Do You Read TaoSecurity Blog?

Would anyone care to mention how they read this blog? I ask because an owner of a site that aggregates blog postings thoughtfully asked my permission to include TaoSecurity Blog content on his site. I said I preferred to not have this blog's content aggregated and posted elsewhere. I prefer readers to visit this site directly or use the provided XML or RSS links. What are your thoughts?

43 comments:

ariel, tj said...

Was searching on how to pronnounce Bejtlich correctly :)

Come one ... everyone knows you and your work, ive read your books and this is the stop one for new books and great reviews.

Jim said...

Some sites lend themselves to public aggregation more then others. Personally, I don't think yours would work for that well at all. Your posts are long and not just links to other sites.

I read this side via RSS. I miss out on the comments that way, but honestly thanks to RSS I don't "surf" anymore. RSS pulls down anything I am interested in, and thats it. If a content site does not publish RSS, I don't come back. Sites like say, snort.org are different. You go there to DL something not to read content.

I only really hit the site directly when I want to bookmark something.

Richard Bejtlich said...

It's "bate-lik". Easy to see that in "Bejtlich," right? :)

Adam Shostack said...

I said sure to that same fellow.

While I like to have an idea about my readership, my readers have ways that they want to read, and I'm ok with that.

So I have readers on RSS, on a variety of aggregation sites, on Livejournal, etc.

Would I love for them to all come to the site so I could track 'em? Sure. But how many more do I reach by being easy to reach?

bryan said...

I read the syndication feed on livejournal. The feed is well formed with the tables and graphics integrated seamlessly. If the topic is interesting I just follow the link to check out the comments.

wxpbofh said...

I read your site through Bloglines - works with multiple machines with differnet OS's.
Typically use firefox as the browser to read bloglines feeds as there are some nice greasemonkey user scripts to get rid of the ads that are increasingly appearing in RSS feeds :-)

Vo said...

RSS via Newsgator online. It works cross platform and perfectly.

masonm said...

RSS - Firefox with sage.
You have a valuable resource. Don't allow others to profit off your big brain. Your site is a destination. Keep improving it and it will become even more popular. Don't dilute your product.

Anonymous said...

RSS using NewzCrawler 1.8.

Similar to 'Jim', RSS/XML has been the one thing which has changed the way I interact with the web.

Allowing one to keep track of far greater volumes of much more interesting material with a lot less effort.


Greg

chuck said...

I read this site via bloglines.com while I check on all the blogs I read up on. Yours is at the top of the list in a separate folder of 'must check blogs' which I typically check first before moving on to the pther billion blogs I read.

Your content is excellent and the way you research your material is priceless. I appreciate your direct nature rather than sugar coating.

As far as letting someone else use your content, I would charge some fee (at least get back something for your time posting to the blog).

Keep up the good work..

Scott said...

I use the "Smart Bookmark" functionality in firfox, works well for me.

Scott

Anonymous said...

Count me in with the bloglines.com crowd. BTW, you have 193 blogline subscribers to your feed.

Bruce Walker said...

I read you via RSS using NetNewsWire on my PowerBook. It's the only way to go, really.

Anonymous said...

Another Bloglines reader. Actually, I prefer reading your site directly, but I find Bloglines so darned convenient since I can access it from anywhere on any browser and it remembers what I've read and haven't read. Your site is definitely one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Am i the only old-fashioned boy? I just open the browser and click on one of the must-read-every-day links :-)

Joe said...

I use bloglines also. Bloglines lets you keep track of what you've read and not read. Bloglines does not restrict me to reading RSS on one PC and I never re-read anything.

Ardi said...

To be honest i consider RSS/Atom feeds to be the best option for reading blogs that i'm really intersted in, since most bloggers have no real schedules for posting.

petrilli said...

Bloglines here as well. With upwards of 500 RSS feeds, it's simply impossible to visit a site directly and keep up. Also, the ability to see similar blogs often illuminates new people with interesting things to say.

Anonymous said...

personally, i dont care for the aggregator (where ur stuff is concerned) - i'll still come back and read ur stuff (via ur RSS, that is). But i dont mind checking out the other aggregator as well - just that i wont move from getting taosecurity through that guy, than through u...

-jf

Anonymous said...

I tend to go to planet security, the stuff that is interesting I then go directly to.

Lilit said...

I use gregarius (web-based aggregator), he has better text formating,
but I always visit your site anyway :)

Axel Eble said...

I'm pulling the RSS feed with my planet and read it there. In that sense, I also aggregate your feed with others I read.
However, I go to your site directly to read the articles and comments if I find the articles of particular interest

joat said...

While there's more "value" in visiting the site directly, I don't have time to hit the site on a constant basis (along with 300+ other sites). Instead, I use Bloglines (a web-based aggregator). Your content and graphics appear normal via that service.

Anonymous said...

I use the Sage reader in Firefox.

Jason said...

Bloglines here as well. Its an excellent time saver for me.

Anonymous said...

Am i the only old-fashioned boy? I just open the browser and click on one of the must-read-every-day links :-)

I read it the old-fashioned way, too. I read very few blogs on a regular basis, so perhaps that is why my method is different from the RSS/other readers.

Anonymous said...

RSS feed via thunderbird

Anonymous said...

Using SharpReader and have subscribed to the feeds that I find interesting... this way, I only have to deal with things that I find interesting and entertaining. Aggregators are good for some things, but I'd rather just get what I want and not deal with the extra stuff....

Anonymous said...

RSS via Safari 2.0 on Tiger on a Mac. Best RSS reader I've found. I end up at the web site to read comments and get story details on one or two out of 10 blog entries I read.

Mina said...

My blog aggregator (rawdog) generates a web page that's hosted on my site:
http://mina.naguib.ca/news.shtml

I can remove your feed if you don't like the content appearing elsewhere on the internet.

Phil Hollows said...

RSS using FeedDemon

Steve Lodin said...

RSS using Sage inside Firefox.

not tellin' said...

I read it from web page!

Can anyone please explain what all that RSS stuff is all about?

mcburton said...

I'm another old fashion fella...I just browse to the site. I really dislike those aggregators and am trying to remove them from my daily routine...Does anyone know of a good place to find security related blogs that are not aggregators? Stuff along the lines of this site or netsec??

Bruce Walker said...

Can anyone please explain what all that RSS stuff is all about?

Read this ... RSS Described in Plain English

Anonymous said...

I still don't "get" RSS so I've never used it or considered using it. I come here for the best book reviews and to keep abreast on security happenings.

I either read the site on my PDA phone or on my PowerBook with Firefox. Nothing else.

Anonymous said...

I currently have your site as a RSS feed using Feeddemon + Newsgator.

I believe the real question is how did I come to know of your site? Although I don't remember specifically, my best guess is it was referenced from another blog.

I would also guess that is the #1 way you increase your readership.

orcmid said...

I read you in RSS using NewsGator in Outlook. I like it that way because I can find items in desktop search and I have copies of posts that I can dig out wherever I am.

Anonymous said...

Bloglines here.

And I hear ya - I publish a site myself, and I see that aggregators (like Bloglines) 'hide' a lot of readers from a site's author/administrator. So we may think we are getting 4 readers per day when in fact another 40 people read us religiously via various aggregators.

If we had a better idea of who our audiences were, we'd have a better sense of what to give them. But today's world of aggregation and re-posting (with or without attribution!) makes that difficult. I feel like a DJ who doesn't know if the microphone is connected or if the transmitter is turned on ...

Anonymous said...

RSS via Mozilla Thunderbird. I don't visit the site unless you make a call for comments.

Anonymous said...

RSS via Thurnderbird

Kyle said...

The same individual contacted me, and I gave him permission (and encouragement), mostly because once I've published an RSS feed, I'm already saying "it's OK if you read my content without directly visiting my site in your browser". And I read this one via Bloglines, too.

And to the anonymous poster about aggregators hiding readers: check your logs, Bloglines, My Yahoo!, and most other major aggregators tell you how many subscribers they're grabbing for in the User-Agent line. Feedburner handles this automatically for you, but whatever log analysis software you use should be able to be extended to handle this.

Anonymous said...

Add me to the bloglines crowd, too.