Thanks 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.
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?