Reading my blog using an RSS reader
I have for a long time thought about using an RSS reader for subscribing to different web pages and blogs but never taken the step to do it. Now the time has come. First let's see what it is all about. Here is a short introduction from Wikipedia.
RSS (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed 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. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship.
RSS feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.
RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is pushed onto their browsers when it becomes available.
Blogdrive RSS feedThis small image tells us that Blogdrive supports RSS feeds. If we move the cursor over it the URI is displayed: svenand.blogdrive.com/index.xmlFinding an RSS reader
RSS feed readers and news aggregators let us follow news and blogs easily, comfortably and efficiently in a dedicated program, on a web site or in our email program. There are hundreds of RSS readers available and it is not easy to choose. I have decided to try NewsFire on my MacBook.
Download and install NewsFire
We will download the program from the Apple Mac App Store.
Adding an RSS feed
After starting NewsFire we click the + sign in the lower left corner and enter the URI of the blog http://svenand.blogdrive.com/index.xml. Now we have to wait a few minutes for the program to grab the feed and display the name of the blog: New Horizions. Click Add to add the RSS feed.
Reading blog entries
We can now read the latest blog entries in the RSS reader. It was that simple.