RSS and Me – Technological Alzheimer’s

RSS icon, illustration by Matt ForsytheThanks to Amy Andrews, my new tutor/blogging guru over at Blogging with Amy, I’m finally getting around to adding an RSS feed.  Blog readers need convenience, right?  Yeah, I know.  I’m not only slow, I’m almost a technological dinosaur.  (And if there are any other technological dinosaurs out there, here’s a visual description of what an RSS feed does.)

Since you read RSS-fed blogs in a “reader,” I decided to open a Google Reader account.  To my amazement … drumroll … I already have one!

Not only slow, but forgetful!

So then I click on Amy’s link to Feedburner.  It takes me to Google Feedburner, and guess what again? It seems I’m already set up!

Not only am I already set up, but I have one subscriber.  One.  Pitiful, until I remember that my blog doesn’t even have a little RSS button, which is why I started this whole adventure in the first place.

So I click on Amy’s link to Church Crunch for a walk-through on how to optimize my feed and … gee, this looks familiar.  *asks self how bad memory problem really is*

I go through all the optimization again, and the only thing left is to put an icon on my blog page.  BUT I CAN’T FIND AN ICON!

I download a WordPress plug-in, but don’t like way the form looks.  I want a cute little icon, dagnabbit!  So I download several more plug-ins, check on the way the site looks with each, and … no difference.

*groan*

Finally I re-read one description and notice the word “widget.”  I go to my widgets and – aha! – there they are.  No cute little icons, but hey, I find one that’s simple and works.  I hope.

So if you like to read blogs through an RSS feed, be brave and test it for me – click on it now.  Or if you prefer an e-mail subscription like I do, head for the section right above that.  I promise not to overflow your inbox.

Moi, I love subscribing by e-mail, but what’s your take on it?  Why do you prefer RSS over e-mail (or vice-versa)?  Or if you don’t subscribe, what stops you?

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6 Responses to RSS and Me – Technological Alzheimer’s

  1. Hi Jennifer! Oh boy, do I feel your pain. I am so techie challenged. But yay, you have lift off, I mean RSS! And it’s a very nice looking widget I must say. Whew, you did it! Who knew we would be doing this stuff. I applaud you! 🙂

    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Yeah, I’m amazed. It really did work! Blogging with Amy is my new go-to place for help. Cheers!

  2. I’ve been subscribed to your RSS feed for over a year. 🙂 All blogs come with one by default – you don’t even need Feedburner, although that gives you nice extras like analytics. I subscribed to your standard WordPress feed way back when, so I’m probably not your one subscriber. I have waaaayyy too much email without blog subscriptions, but I love reading blogs in Google Reader. It has an Android app that makes it really easy for me to read blogs on my smartphone. Yes, I can get email on my phone too, but Reader is nicer because they’re all collected in one place, and I can sort them into folders to make it easier to keep up with them.
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  3. It worked, Jennifer, and now I’ve added you to my Google Reader list. I love Google Reader. That way my email inbox isn’t overflowing, and because I don’t get to read blogs every day, Google Reader stores the unread ones until I finally get to them.