January 4, 2011
Believe it or not, even as the main writer for this site, I was new to RSS feeds just a few months ago. If you are following our blog, you might already know what an RSS feed is. If not, this post will be most beneficial to you.
I’ll divide this into 2 sections so I can quickly catch you up with how to keep in touch with the blogging world. Here goes…
What is an RSS feed?
An RSS feed.. or Really Simple Syndication (no, really)… is a group of web feed formats that work to display frequently updated items online such as: blog posts, videos and news updates. This orange box is the commonly used button that indicates an RSS feed.
How do I follow my favorite blogs without tuning in to each website every day?
Something that has changed my blogging life is Google Reader, which is a “feed aggregator”. I’m convinced Google is taking over the world and yes… I’m participating in it. Anyway, there are tons of feed aggregators out there that work just as great as the Google Reader, so if you have your own preference… then by all means. You can sign up for your very own feed aggregator and add all of your favorite blogs to it. As many as you want! I have church blogs, technological blogs, cooking blogs, funny blogs, etc.
And how do you do this? I’m glad you asked!
Go to the website of the blogs that you want in your aggregator and click on the RSS feed button. If you can’t find it, just copy the website address and click “Add a subscription” on the top left-hand side of your Reader. Paste the address and voila! You are now an experienced blog follower. You can separate your blogs into different categories, choose favorite posts so you can easily find them later, and do so much more.
I hope you got what you needed from this post and if not, post a comment and I will try to help! Thanks!