It would actually pull the full feed from a site you followed.
This was extremely useful when going back through your own blog or any of the other quality writers you followed. It was a fantastic archival resource.
And, unless I've completed missed it (please, please tell me if I have), none of the other RSS options out there.... even the paid ones... offer this. The best I can get is six months.
Why should they? RSS is 'going away'. We should be 'sharing' and 'liking' content now... reblogging it like Pavlov's tweens. Heaven forbid you find a use for content that is more than six months old!
But it's not just RSS, is it?
Graham Hancock shared this article about how Facestalk reaches less and less of the people who actually liked your page in the first place. After years of being told by these shadow-state-complicit, tax-avoiding, child billionaires that we should be 'more social', that we should 'be part of the conversation'... now the hand comes out. Gotta pay to play. If you want to reach the billion people helpfully updating their own NSA control files on their own time, it will cost you.
I have been saying this for years now and each time it seems to go over like a lead balloon. (Never mind that I can legitimately, professionally declare myself a world authority on these topics.) Yet I still see people start up little home businesses and spam the shit out of six or seven friends and family, wondering why nothing happens, why they aren't rich yet. So I will say it again: own your own platform. Why did you think it would be easy to reach an audience? Because they told you it would be? How coincidental.
And it isn't just business pages on Facestalk, is it? The two remaining groups I'm actually active in on the platform are struggling with the same terrible-or-entirely-absent archival facility. You can either search in the little box... which doesn't work that well.... or you can scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll. What's the point of taking time to generate worthwhile, helpful, researched content if it vanishes up the same asshole as a poorly-spelled science meme?
Same thing talking to magicians who have used Yahoo Groups for years, writing and sharing valuable content on specialist topics. The archive functionality is now an absolute piece of shit. Start again. Generate more eyeballs.
There is a macro-cultural trend to get you to hit like on every new cat picture, like addicts in front of slot machines. Pages per visit, visits per month... these are the metrics an ad industry requires for tactical campaigns. New is more important than good.
I think about all this in the context of magical discourse moving multi-platform. Globally, web access is now more mobile than it is desktop. "So fucking what, you boring bastard?" I hear you ask. This is what:
This is what we do now. This is the grand future of this amazing technology. 80% of our time is spent in-app and only 20% on the mobile version of the kind of things you are reading now. And of that 80%, most of the time is spent crushing candy and updating our control files.
For me, this begs the question of what is the best way to further the western esoteric discourse. We have all already witnessed its increasing fragmentation (rather than migration) over the last twelve months. There is less quality blogging, more tumbling -until Yahoo works out just how much of it is pornography and ruins the remaining bit in an effort to make money- the persistent refusal to move away from Facestalk... which is a reflection of our aging demographic as the young 'uns see Facestalk the way we see LinkedIn... it's a platform for old people. I suppose there's G+ but that's just all the same image memes you see on Facestalk without the intervening updates about other people's children. (And American pagans complaining about... whatever it is that week.)
The discourse is cake in the rain. And I'm not sure what the answer to this is beyond publicly declaring our commitment to more online/offline activity.
Between now and then... don't be so quick to cull the library. We are getting dumber.
This little rant got me thinking about the content I have personally been generating over the last five plus years and it got me mildly angry that I have to log into WordPress and go page-by-page in the 'post' section to actually see what it is I have written. Anyway, as the audience has grown substantially since a lot of these were published and there is now no easy way to get access to them... here. Enjoy a few reruns, pulled more or less at random. It's a bank holiday, after all.
- Commuting and Sorcery: A Guide
- How to Get the Most Out Of Sacred Travel
- Sherlock Holmes and the Unicorn
- An Eponalia Contemplation
- The Linguistic Implications of the Magic Circle
- The Dangers of Results-Based Magic
- Snow Falling on Faery
- Why You Shouldn't Listen To Gamblers
- The Parable of the London Oyster
- The Tolkien View of Destiny
- Pet Dragons and Novelty
- The Devil's Rebellious Brew and How To Make It
- How Houses Are Like Cigarettes
- The Wisdom of Refugee Totem Animals
- How To Play A Wizard At Parties
- Neuroplasticity Is How You Get Your Ship Back Into Orbit
- The Apocalypse Is Not A Team Sport
- Your Past Life is Overrated
- The Other Legerdemain
- Artifice and Industry: The View From Manchester
- The Warren Cup: Real Life Magic Artefact
- 5 Steps To A Good Monthly Forecast
- How To Calibrate Your Oracle
- When Gamification Beats Ritual
- Paparuda: Manifestations of the Imaginal
There. I feel better.