You might notice a new little orange circle on the upper right-hand corner of the screen. That is an RSS feed. I consider myself fairly technically savvy yet RSS feeds are something I never looked much into. Turns out it’s pretty important to have. It took me an incredibly frustrating afternoon to figure it out, and I’m not really sure I understand it even now, but I got it to work and you can now subscribe to my site!
Basically, the RSS feed helps gather all the blogs you read in one spot. You need a â€œreaderâ€ that displays the blogs. I use Google reader. That way, I don’t have to go look at every blog everyday to see if/what they have written. Instead, I subscribe to my favorite blogs (by hitting the RSS button) and when I open my Google reader and it shows the latest blog posts. I check about 8-10 blogs regularly so it saves a lot of time.
The downside is that it isn’t as pretty as going to the site. The reader shows the pictures that are in the blog entry, but other than that the formatting and layout is pretty plain. Luckily, if there is an entry that I want to look at on the site I can just click through.
The way I see it is if you are the type of person that likes to go out to the store every day to get your newspaper you don’t have to worry about RSS. You probably like going to all your favorite blogs regardless of the extra time it takes. But, if you are a person who likes to get your paper delivered to your doorstep then RSS is right up your alley. It can be delivered to your Google reader everyday, all day long so you don’t have any extra websites to check.
I also have an email feed available. If you choose that option all you have to do is enter your email address and my new blog posts will be delivered to your inbox. You won’t have to worry about figuring out the RSS feed if you choose this because it is very simple and just shows up like a regular email.
I’m going to be making some more technical changes throughout the upcoming weeks to optimize the site and make it easier and more useful for you, dear reader. If there is anything you suggest I do, please let me know and I will see if I can do it!
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