RSS Feeds—Have you heard this buzzword? If not or if you don’t know what it means, you’re missing out on a great tool, and it’s not just one more thing to keep track of. It’s actually many, many less things rolled into one!
Think of every blog and news site you like to check daily, or weekly. Your favorites you check daily, but there might be some that, although you enjoy their content, you either forget to check, or just don’t feel like checking all that regularly.
RSS feeds solve all this and save you precious time and effort. They allow you to simply say “I like this blog, that blog, and this news site” and through RSS voodoo magic, you will then be able to see all of your favorites in one place without ever visiting any of the sites individually. You can browse headlines, read articles, and search all of this content from only one spot.
Have I sold you yet (it’s free!)? If so, here are detailed and easy instructions to set up your own RSS reader:
1. Go to any blog that you like (This one will work!): and look for one of the following or the word “subscribe” and click it:
2. This will bring up a list of RSS “readers”. A reader is the program or website that puts all your favorite sites in one place. Most major email providers have one, so if you have one of those you’re good to go! If not, just pick one that sounds good (I use and recommend Google Reader.), and you’ll just need to register an account.
3. Repeat steps one and two until you have added everything you want to see.
4. Check your reader at your convenience and add new sites as you find them.
5. Let me know in the comments section below if you have any trouble or if you tried it and like it!