Here’s a posting by Peter, as presented in my feed reader:
Note the button underneath which says in Dutch ‘respond to the post above’. Each posting has a button like that.
In the form I specify what type of response it is (reply, bookmark, or favourite), and I write my reaction, and can add a quote from the article above which is useful if I’m responding to something specific, and provides context for readers on my own site who aren’t aware of the posting I’m responding to. It also allows me to change the title, author name and URL of the original post. This sometimes is useful when the title is very long, the name in the feed is a user name (e.g. ‘siteadmin’), or when the URL contains appended tracking elements that I want to remove.
Underneath is another button saying ‘Process’ in Dutch.
On my blog you get to see what the processing script has created, including e.g. the icon for a bookmark (or reply or favourite).
I’m pleased with how this works now, and I can start adding a few things. Like adding optional titles to a reaction (as I’ve done in this posting), or to add multiple tags or categories. For these too I have existing code sections I can re-use. Another element is being able to subcribe, unsubscribe and mark things as read from within the Microsub client.
After that it will become more difficult, if I want to work down my list of things an ideal feed reader should be capable of.
Part of that may require storing feed items client side, or maybe even also building my own Microsub server. So it’s a potential rabbithole I want to approach with caution. For now I will try this as my new workflow for a week or two.