So you’re reading this blog post because you’re a fan of the eBoot Camp blog, right? But you might be thinking, man, it’s tough to remember to check back all the time to see if we’ve updated with any cool new content. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
Some of you probably already know what an RSS feed is and how to sign up for our e-mail newsletter. But some of you probably don’t. So we want to take a minute to make sure everyone’s on board, because both of these tools are a great way to stay up-to-date on all of the new content on the eBoot Camp blog — without having to remember to check back with us all the time.
RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary, is a way to deliver to a user web content that is changing regularly. It allows a person to stay informed about new content without having to visit each of his or her favorite sites individually. It’s also a great alternative if you don’t want to sign up for a company’s e-mail newsletter.
My Yahoo, Bloglines and Google Reader are some of the most popular feed readers that aggregate all of your RSS feeds in one place.
So maybe you’re thinking, this is all fine and dandy, but how do I actually use them? To tap into a particular site’s RSS feed, all you have to look for is the big orange button:
Sometimes it’s a different icon, but for most sites, that’s what it looks like.
For the eBoot Camp blog, it’s right underneath the box of all of our smiling Facebook fans. When you click on it, you’ll be prompted to sign into your feed reader of choice. Then you’re done — simple as that. After that, start going to your other favorite blogs and looking for the big orange button their pages. Click it to add their content to your reader and pretty soon you’ll have a growing list of your favorite stuff all in one spot. When you get some free time, simply sign in to your reader to catch up all you’ve missed.
If RSS feeds aren’t for you, you can always opt-in to a site’s e-mail subscription. Ours is on the left-hand side of the page above the Facebook box. Enter your e-mail, hit subscribe, and each new blog post we write will be delivered to your inbox. Easy, right?
Here’s a video that explains it “in plain English”: