Okay, does everyone know what a blog is and how RSS feeds work with blogs and other websites?
Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve found your way to my blog, or weblog. I figure that the term uses the metaphor of a ship’s log(book), which is a
daily journal of the ship’s journey. So, for me, a weblog is a web-based personal journal (daily or not).
It’s a great way to share information with you, to introduce you to websites I’ve come across in my web-travels and to interact electronically with
anyone who’s interested to stop by for a few moments.
Next comes RSS (really simple syndication). RSS is a technology that allows us to keep up with new articles published on websites and blogs. Sites/blogs
can create “RSS feeds” that list new articles. Those feeds are readable by you when you subscribe to your favorites, using an RSS reader.
RSS readers can be either free-standing or browser-based, open source or commercial. Here are a few links to help you begin your search for one that
meets your needs:
Once you’ve installed or signed up for the reader of your choice, you will want to subscribe to feeds that interest you. The list of sites with RSS feeds
is growing exponentially, including my own blog, those of other bloggers, on up to the large news sites like CNN, Yahoo, BBC, NPR, etc.
I find I like subscribing to both sites that change by the minute, like the major news sites, and also those that only change once in a while, like those
of many bloggers. Some RSS readers have lists of popular sites to which you can easily subscribe. You can also look for symbols including XML, Atom, RSS. A few
readers even allow you to to syndicate sites that don’t have feeds.
I subscribe to RSS feeds from a variety of bloggers to learn about new sites, new articles, etc. quickly and efficiently. It’s a great way to feel like
you’re on top of the incredible flow of information on the web while being able to live a relatively normal life. Do you know what I mean? Let me know your
experience with blogs and RSS feeds and ask me for more information if you’re still confused.