I understood RSS before I understood blogging. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that my initial understanding of a “weblog” was a place to share the stuff I found in my RSS reader. This was encouraged by the feed reading software I was using at the time: stuff like NetNewsWire and Radio Userland— they both integrated tools for reading feeds and writing blog posts, and made it easy to pick a news item, and use it to start a blog post (The blogging tool in NetNewsWire was eventually spun out into its own product, Marsedit). This was the primordial “retweet”.
These days, I do my feed-reading with Newsblur. Newsblur provides it’s own internal blogging system (“blurblogs”; here’s mine) which is kind of nice– but what I really want is to be able to post to this blog from Newsblur.
The way this works, is that every time I click the “Share” button in Newsblur, a new blog post is created, with the link and my comments. I’m sure I’ll tweak this as I go, but for the moment I’m pretty satisfied.