I was talking to a friend the other day and he mentioned he looked at our blog and a few others from time to time but always forgot to check back or didn’t know when an update was posted. He didn’t know about the magic of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. Basically, most blogs and some websites have special programming that enables them to publish the fact that changes to the site have been made. RSS readers can use that information to consolidate the updates into a single simple reader. To know that a site publishes an RSS feed, look for this button somewhere on the site or on the menu bar of your browser (it will be smaller of course):
Any site that displays that logo publishes a feed. So, now you need to find a reader to consolidate your feeds. I use http://www.bloglines.com/login to read my feeds but Yahoo!, Google and many other places have readers as well. Once you create an account, find your blogs that you want to read and click on the orange RSS logo. You’ll be taken to a new page. Copy the URL (web address) that you are taken to and enter it where your reader asks for new feeds to monitor. In bloglines, I click the “feeds” tab, then I click “add”. I simply enter the web addresses I want to watch and save. The reader will periodically monitor your subscribed site for changes and alert you to those changes when you log in.
Now, since you have endured my technology post, I will leave you with a picture of a pretty rainbow…
This picture was actually taken a few years ago but Abigail spotted another beautiful rainbow this morning. I didn’t have my camera but it was awesome to see. Isaac wanted to hop a jet to get to the end and pick up his pot of gold. Unfortunately for him, he had to go to school.