Feed Me

Fireant Gazette has an article up about RSS feeds. I’ve written about this before:

A long time ago, when I first started blogging, someone told me, “I wish you had an RSS feed, so I could keep up with your site.” My thought at the time was, “you lazy bum, just check in every few days!” Now I realize how naive I was. I would do the same thing everyday. I would check out Instapundit, Best of the Web, and LGF (links on the side) every day, and about once a week, I would dig through a list of bookmarks. If you weren’t on the Trinity, I didn’t see you. If I hit your site a couple of times and didn’t see something that really grabbed me, you rotated off the list. When I am tackling it all at once, it gets too big to handle.

Then I got an aggregator, and I could keep up with all the little sites. If you had a site that only got updated once in a while, like USS Clueless or Eject! Eject! Eject! that I really liked reading, I could keep up with it, because I didn’t have to keep checking it. I could start keeping up with Texas blogs, like The Fat Guy and The Brazos de Dios Cantina.

The other thing that I realized was that I was hitting that bookmark list even less. I had so much info categorized that if you weren’t sending out a feed, you were below my radar. That was when I realized that I was below my own radar on Blogger. That was when I decided to move to Movable Type. Sure, Blogger was buggy, and it was crap on archives, and it didn’t have the best interface, but it was free and it worked. But I couldn’t get a feed without paying for it.

Unless you keep reminding me that you have a blog, if you don’t have an RSS feed, I’m not reading you. Fireant Gazette pointed out that people on Blogger can use Feedburner for a free RSS feed. Please do so, if you read my site and want me to read yours. (I’m looking at you two in particular.)

13 Comments

  1. FlashBang says:

    RSS Feederings

    I skimmed over to The Everlasting Phelps’ site, and he started talking about RSS feeds. I was like, “Hey! I have an RSS feed, right? As part of blogger, right?” Turns out, I’m an idiot. Here he explains what you need to do to to get a real RSS feed. …

  2. Okay Phelps give me some time I will figure it out. I am forcing myself to read all the information possible to maintain my blog to increase the collective. Damn I don’t know where that came from.

  3. Mama Slyth says:

    BTW, there is now an LJ feed for your site – http://www.livejournal.com/users/everlastphelps/

  4. Mama Slyth says:

    Out of curiosity, what would I use to get a feed off of Mexi’s site? I think I know, but I would rather be sure first.

  5. Phelp says:

    Mexi’s feed is at:

    http://www.donotremove.net/mexigogue/index.rdf

    Mexi, put up a “syndicate this site” link, or a little orange XML box. Look at my source if you want to know how to do it in CSS.

    Feeds are usually at /index.rdf

  6. Mexigogue says:

    Out of curiosity, what would I use to get a feed off of Mexi’s site? I think I know, but I would rather be sure first.

    Tacos.

    On another note, at a workshop in the Michigan Annual HIV/AIDS-STD Conference one presenter was speaking. She said “For those of you who work with clients in counseling and testing centers or in domestic problems, what are some of your buttons? With me it’s anything to do with children, when children are victims. What are some of your buttons? What sets you off?”

    “Midgets!” I reply.

    A lot of nervous laughter. I must have thought I was on the blog.

  7. Mama Slyth says:

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/mexigogue/

    For LJ user who want to have your blog on their friends lists.

  8. MetallicaRat says:

    What aggregator do you use? I’ve got a plug in for FireFox that doesn’t do the whole “You’ve read this but the bold stuff is new” thing.

  9. Phelps says:

    I covered and linked all that in this one. (Not a brush off — it is just my most complete answer.)

  10. RSS is indeed wonderful. I bookmark sites with RSS just because, hey, they use RSS!

  11. Kevin Baker says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve got one now!