When RSS reader’s just aren’t enough

What makes you leave your RSS reader and click-through to an article on the hosted site?  Is it that you can’t see YouTube video in your RSS reader, or you can’t see the site as it is presented directly to a browser (fonts, colors, emphasis, tables, whatever)?

I’m curious to know why, because I do it a lot myself – I use Onfolio to read feeds, but often click through to the original site.  I think part of that is because RSS isn’t rich enough to give us the full experience of visiting a blog’s “home stadium”.

I don’t know why it isn’t (or even if it actually isn’t at all).

But here’s the question –  why can’t an RSS feed show me everything that has changed on the parent site, and not just new posts (or if you are REALLY lucky, comments)?

Windows Live Writer does a pretty good job of making my blog look like my blog when I am creating posts (or previewing them).  Why couldn’t the same technology be applied oppositely to a Feed Reader?  Why can’t I use a reader with the full context and content, to include style sheets, JavaScript, etc, to read the blogs I read? 

I can’t think of any technical reason for this not happening – and since bandwidth and storage space are virtually free now, I don’t see them as obstacles.

It would be very nice to use my online, or offline RSS Reader and be able to see the blog in all of it’s glory, as the creator intended it to be viewed.


  1. Problem with RSS Feed in WordPress.
    I have a subdomain that I installed wordpress for another blog site, but the subdomain site's rss feed points to my parent site.
    Can anyone come up with any suggestions?