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What the dickens is an RSS feeder?

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OK, so I have been blogging for almost three years now and I have a fair number of followers on my Google friend connect; each day I notice a new follower I do the “happy dance” and think “Yay, they like me… They really like me….” However, big news being handed down from our “friends” at Google where I used to “house” my blog on blogspot, if you do NOT house your blog there your Google Friends Connect, where a lot of my friends find me daily, is going to disappear as of March 1, 2012.  So what does this mean? English translation, and I am begging a little bit, PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to subscribe to I’m Still Standing to keep up with me and all of my shinanigans you can do it via email or through the RSS Feed.

And for any of my friends who do not know what an RSS Feed is..

Do you know and understand what an RSS feeder is? Actually, hand up I didn’t really for a long time.  However over the past three years of bloggyness I have gained lots of knowledge in the bloggy virtual world. So here I go again “the hostess with the mostess” hoping to shed some light on the topic…

So what is an RSS feeder? According to my friends at Wikipedia:

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”,[3] or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically.

In English that simply means a website that you enjoy reading will alert you to updates … It’s a time saver! Which as Martha says is a “good thing!”

 How do you use a RSS feed?

1.  Before you do anything you need a way to “read” your feeder i.e. Google Reader.

2. To subscribe to a sites RSS feeder:

a. You can add it to your Google Reader:

 i.      When signed into Google Reader. On the left top side of the page look for a box labeled “+ a subscription”

ii.      Hit that

iii.   And simply add the site’s URL. After you have added the sites URL you will see the sites name and all of the recent posts on the right side of the page.

b. From your web browser

i.       In the right hand side of address bar where you type in the site’s URL. Look for the RSS icon.

ii.      Click it and you should get I’m Still Standings RSS Feed

iii.      pick how you would like to get your subscription

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c. Within the site

 i.      Again, on I’m Still Standing, look for the blue icon or for a cute little widget with the letters RSS, Subscribe, Feedburner, XML. On I’m Still Standing you can find the  RSS  located at the top of the page right under How To Helper in the blue bar next to the word SUBSCRIBE

ii.      Click it.

iii.      At that point it gives you the option of getting your subscription via many different ways

d. When subscribing you can also make it easy and get the subscription via email as one of your options.

I sure hope I helped you figure this out! If you aren’t following along why not subscribe to I’m Still Standing’s RSS Feed?