In my last post, I talked about two ways you can follow blogs that you want to keep up with. Here’s a third. It’s called RSS. That stands for Really Simple Syndication (I’m not joking!).
You may notice that many Web sites have “RSS” or a little orange box on the far right side of the Web address box at the top. That means that the page is RSS enabled. And that means that once you get things set up, you’ll be able to see a list of updates from that blog and all the blogs you follow without actually going to the Web site.
First, you need an RSS reader. There are Web pages that do this for you such as Google’s Feedburner. You can also customize some personal home pages (Google, Yahoo, etc) to view your RSS feeds. Or, some Web browsers like Firefox and Explorer have the capability built in. Depending on which solution you pick, just follow the directions for getting it set up. The directions are easy to understand so just jump in.
Here’s how I keep up with my favorite work blogs. I put a folder on my toolbar called Blogs (creative, huh?). It’s actually a folder in my bookmarks. When I want to subscribe to a blog, I just click on the little orange box somewhere on the Web page. That pulls up a window that asks me if I want to subscribe. I indicate that I do and put the link into my blog folder.
When I want to check out what’s going on in my personal blogosphere, I just click on the blogs folder and I see a list of all the blogs that I’m following.
Then, I can hover over the blog that I want to check out to see if there’s anything I want to read.
If I’m interested in something I see, I click on the link and it takes me to that story on that blog.
It’s a little confusing only because there are so many options, but the directions are easy so give it a shot. You can figure it out.