Sunday, July 18, 2010

RSS doesn't stand for Really Scary Stuff

For a few weeks now I've been biding my time, casually thinking about RSS feeds.  I didn't have one you see.  And for some reason, I found the idea of an RSS feed a little intimidating.  Why?  I don't know.  Maybe they should have a friendlier name for it.  Like a Friendly Reader Feed (FRF)? 

What is an RSS feed, you ask?  It stands for Really Simple Syndication (I had to look this up).  It's just a way to read all the blogs/webpages you like in one place.  Obviously, Blogger makes it easy to read all the Blogger blogs on your dashboard.  But what about those blogs that aren't on Blogger?  Those elite WordPressers (and otherwise).  I had quite a few that I enjoy under my favorites (Kath Eats, Pioneer Woman, and of course Warren's Home Among the Hills).  And I would have to click on each one under my favorites to go to the website.  With an RSS feed, you can have everything in one place.

How can you do this?  Well, from Blogger, just click on My Account and you can go set up Google Reader.  Once you're set up, all you have to do is click on the little orange stripey button to 'subscribe' on blogs or webpages you like.  Once you're subscribed, your reader will update any new posts as they are there.  This will save you precious time so that you can spend even MORE time everyday reading MORE blogs and blogging MORE. 

Now, if only Blogger could make some smileys, my life would be complete.


My Mad World said...

Yeah I just did this awhile back. I love the google reader!! I also have igoogle as my homepage and have it set up with blogs as my
'homepage' on that. This way first thing in the morning there are my favorite ones with just a little title post of the new one they wrote and then I can read from there or go to the reader and read it there.

You're gonna love the google reader!!

Andrea said...

Oh! I have Google Reader FOREVER. I don't have myself up to be subscribed to that way, as I never looked into how. But once you follow me you can see me in your reader. :)

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

I love RSS feeds :-) It's how I subscribe to most blogs out there - reading them in Google Reader is much easier {in my mind}!

Helene said...

You know what's funny is that I have a ton of blogs on Google Reader but I usually just either use my blogger dashboard or I just go to my favorite blogs via their comments left on my blog!

Whatever works, right?!