New Feature – A Mailing List!

December 24th, 2007

If there are a lot of blogs you want to read, it can be bothersome to have to go to each blog individually to see if there are new entries. There are two ways around that problem: Mailing lists and RSS feeds.

Mailing Lists

I just installed a new plug-in for my blog that will let you subscribe to a mailing list. Any time I post a new entry, you’ll be notified by email. You can unsubscribe at any time. The subscribe form is available on the sidebar to the right, and also has its own page, linked up above.)

RSS Feeds

The snazzier solution is something called RSS feeds–it stands for Really Simple Syndication. If you’re already familiar with RSS, you probably already noticed the feed links in the sidebar. If you’re not familiar with RSS, and want to find out more, you can read this introduction, or the article at Wikipedia. In a nutshell, when you subscribe to an RSS feed, you don’t have to go to each of your blogs individually–your browser itself can keep a list of your blogs, and tell you whenever new entries are posted. Most major news sites also have RSS feeds for their headlines. (The link for a feed is often marked with this icon: RSS Feed)

You can set up a Google Reader page for your RSS feeds. If you use Firefox, I recommend the Sage plugin. (It makes a sidebar in your browser with a list of blogs you’ve subscribed to; any time a new entry is posted, that blog turns bold.  Here are some screenshots.)

Here are the links for my feeds–one for the entries, and one for comments that people post:

RSS Feed Entries (RSS)

RSS Feed Comments (RSS)

Enjoy!

2 Responses to “New Feature – A Mailing List!”

  1. bethyada says:

    I installed sage after reading your suggestion (perhaps a week ago). Works well.

  2. Tim says:

    Glad you like it.

    Are you using the drag-and-drop feature? You can add a feed by dragging a feed link into Sage’s list of blogs. Very convenient.