Many people subscribe to blogs via the blog’s RSS feed rather than visiting the site or “following” them or, well, anything else. As of October 1st, one of the bigger readers, Bloglines, will be gone.
There’s been some talk in the blogosphere about whether RSS is “dead” or not. Whether new technologies and the social experiences we have will render the subscription model dead. I don’t think so (and I’m not alone on that), but I also don’t lose sleep over the question.
If you used Bloglines, you are going to need to take action before October 1st if you want to keep receiving your subscriptions. I use Google Reader for the same task – and there are instructions available for how to import your Bloglines’ subscriptions into Reader.
You can read some opinions about readers and a bit of convo about the “RSS is dead” issue over at Liz Burns’ A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy blog. Even a rant! And if you’ve got a favorite reader, feel free to share the info here or there – I think a lot of folks will be grateful.