I know the idea of following a blog is elementary to many, but I thought it’d be worth providing a little insight about how to follow blogs in general and how to follow our blog specifically.
Disclaimer: I like to think of myself as being better than average when it comes to technical things, but I’ve completely lost track over the past couple of years about RSS and other following methods for blogs. I’m learning the hard (and slow) way. Here’s what I know so far.
If you’re like me, you used to get your RSS feed directly through your email program. Somewhere along the way applications changed, I lost my feeds, and I lost my motivation to keep up with the changes in how we’re supposed to follow or get feeds. So, up to now I’ve kinda just been making the rounds on blogs I like, and have been missing being notified of new content as it’s posted.
Today I decided it was time to get a little more proactive and figure out how to use a desktop app for my blog reading. After a quick Google search and a couple of quick review reads I decided to give Feedly a try. I’m literally 30 minutes into using it and so far it’s fine. I’ve certainly not mastered it, but it’s better than nothing—which was my prior plan. I’m sure I’ll become more discerning as time goes on but for now it’s my go-to for blog reading. I know there are probably better readers out there, I just don’t know what they are. Do you have a preferred reader? Let us know. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here’s how our blog.dreier.com feed shows up in Feedly.
So, how to follow blog.dreier.com? Look for the RSS symbol—which looks like a quarter-piece of the Target logo—or go to blog.dreier.com/feed/. If you get a page full of code then you don’t have a reader specified. Or, you may need to copy the link and paste into your reader.
Another route for staying up to date with blogs is to use Feedburner for updates via email. See the subscription form here. All you do is enter your email and reply to the confirmation email they send you. Now you’ll get an email each time a new post is put up on the blog.
I hope you find this abbreviated info about RSS helpful. If you have any questions or helpful insights, please email us at email@example.com and let us know.