Why would anybody want to subscribe to such a gigantic feed? I think I found two driving reasons:
1. Subscribing to the main feed is overwhelmingly easy.
2. Finding the individual blogs I could be interested in, is really hard from the blogger list.
Of course, I very often subscribe to blogs only after I have found them referenced in other blogs. However, if I had to come to the blog list page to find something interesting to subscribe to, the only tool I would have at hand would be Ctrl+F.
Also, just browsing the list is impractical. There are so many Microsoft bloggers today that I don't think anybody with a full time job will browse the list past the names beginning with C.
There are some things I think could be done to improve the experience. These are just a few examples:
- Implement the list as a table.
- Add columns with metadata, for instance traffic (as an heuristic measure of ranking), team or product, position, frequent categories, a gauge indicating technical level,etc.
- Add ways to filter and sort content based on any combination of those columns.
- Add a good full text search engine that returns a link to the blog (or the feed URL) with each result.
Maybe there is already something like what I describe.