Blogging means reading. How do you keep on top of everything you’re trying to read? Easy – you use an RSS feed! In class, you were required to start following at least 10 blogs with relevant information to your personal blog (and add them to your blogroll). Here’s a recap.
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary but is more commonly understood as Really Simple Syndication. From whatisrss.com:
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter.
People use feed readers (like Google Reader) to follow RSS feeds. You can add any site that syndicates content to your feed – sites with syndicated content will have an icon in their URL window that reads RSS, XML, or RDF. Here’s how to set up a reader for yourself:
We’ll use Google Reader, which you can access at reader.google.com
- Click “Create an account” button to create a Google account (if you have a gmail account, you can skip this step)
- Provide your email account and a password
- Agree to terms of service and click “I accept” button
Once you’ve signed into Google Reader:
- Add blogs – Click the big red “SUBSCRIBE” button in top left
- Manage blogs – Your subscribed blogs show up in the left column under “subscriptions” (click one to read posts from just that blog, click “All Items” at the top of the left column to see posts from every subscription)
- Hold the “All Items” button (at top) to switch to view only new items
- “Mark all as read” is a useful way to clean house when your feed gets backed up
- You can switch between “List” (just the headlines) and “Expanded” view with the buttons at the top right