I had just started writing a post to explain what an “RSS feed” is, when I saw that Simple Mom did all the work for me. Even though this will be mostly redundant to her post, here’s my quick summary of what RSS feeds are and how they can be helpful to you:
To “subscribe to an RSS feed” just means to get all the new content from a blog without having to go to the website. (It’s free — the word “subscribe” can be misleading.) The “feed” is just a way the content is delivered, and the “RSS” part is just some tech lingo that refers to the format it’s in. There are two ways you can subscribe to a feed:
- Reader: You can use a “reader” such as Google Reader which will show you all the new content from all the feeds you subscribe to, giving you a one-stop shop for new content from all your favorite sites.
- Email: You can have updates from your favorite sites sent to you via email.
Personally, I’ve found that following my favorite blogs and news websites in a reader saves me a lot of time since all the new content from my favorite sites is in one place, allowing me to scan it quickly.
Naturally, this post wouldn’t be complete without a shameless plug for subscribing to my feed:
- Click here if you would like to subscribe to my site in a reader. On the top right you’ll see a note that says “Subscribe Now!” and click on the reader you’d like to use. (I recommend Google Reader — if you’d like to use that, click on the Google logo.)
- Click here if you would like to subscribe via email. Just enter your email address and you’re all set! (I tried this first to make sure that my address wasn’t used for spam purposes, and it has not been — I receive nothing more than updates from the feed I subscribed to.)
Again, subscribing to feeds both via email or reader is free, so if you don’t like it, you can simply unsubscribe or stop using your reader.
If you would like to learn more about what RSS feeds are or how you can use them, check out that great post at Simple Mom.
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