Stuff On Sundays: It’s simple – feed me!

 

After feeding the children, husband and myself I settle on the lounge after dinner, legs stretch out on the chaise, pillow under my back and iPod in hand. While I  (sort of ) watch whatever show is on television, I  scroll through the hundreds of posts, from the hundreds of book blogs I follow, that appear in my Google reader feed each night. For me, this is the easiest way to keep up with the book blogging community.

If you aren’t sure how RSS (Really Simple Syndication) works,  essentially it’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time the website or blog that you follow updates. There are several RSS feed readers available, Google Reader is free and simple so I have made it my reader of choice. I used an app for a while but it was buggy so I got rid of it.

Subscribing to a feed is as easy as either looking for and clicking the RSS icon or link on a blog or, if you can’t find a link, you can manually enter a site address into your feed reader. If you have a blog and don’t have a link to your RSS feed, I strongly suggest you do – your blog host should give you the option or you can use Google’s Feedburner service. You can find the link to Book’d Out’s feed in the right hand column. You might prefer to read your feed on your desktop, laptop or whatever other device you are comfortable with and I find it’s much more convenient than going through my bookmarked list of sites.

Anyway, as I scroll through, I stop and read whatever posts catch my eye, if it is something I want to comment on, or follow up , I use the email function at the bottom of the post to send the link to my desktop. The next day at my desktop I go through the emails I have sent myself and visit the posts. It might seem a bit of a complex process but because Apple doesn’t play nicely with some  features that use Java, like Rafflecopter, and because you can only have one window at a time open on my 3rd generation iPod its often difficult to leave comments.

Periodically I go through and purge blogs from the reader – generally those that haven’t posted in the last month, or haven’t posted anything of interest to me in a while, or those who have the annoying truncated feed. It annoys me greatly when the feed from a blog is just one or two lines and then a message exhorting me to read the rest at their site, in fact it’s an effective way to ensure I won’t read a blog, because I can’t see any reason to have the feed set up like that except to increase hits on the site.

So that is how I keep up with what’s going on in the book blogging world, I also subscribe to blogs by publishers, authors and booksellers.

Do you use RSS? How do you keep up with your feed?

Add Book’d Out to your RSS feed 😉

 

 

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Book Snob Wannabe
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 05:57:05

    Love this idea!! I especially like where you email yourself the posts where you want to leave comments.. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 07:00:01

    I tend to just subscribe by email where I can, or follow users’ Twitter/Goodreads accounts. I also follow blogs on FB and Google +, but rarely use an RSS reader 🙂

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 15, 2012 @ 14:08:39

      I follow a couple via email – including yours, but RSS works better for me because it lets me escape from sitting at my desk all the time

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  3. bernadetteinoz
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 07:06:55

    I couldn’t cope without my RSS reader – have tried a bunch but always come back to google reader.

    A tip for you to overcome those truncated/shortened feeds is to add the original feed to http://fulltextrssfeed.com/ and then subscribe to the feed that fulltextrss gives you. It works for most feeds – some very tech savvy sites have a way of shortening their feeds that this won’t work with but for the average blogger or wordpress site it’s perfect 🙂

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  4. Jules
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 07:11:11

    I use Google reader and your blog is in it! 🙂

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  5. Tanya Patrice
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 11:13:32

    Nice tip from bernadeteinoz – didn’t know about that. I use Google reader too – after I scroll through and read wheatever – I make sure to mark all the remaining posts are “mark all as read.” If I don’t get to feeds for a couple days, I do this and start over – that way, there isn’t usually a backlog.

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  6. Parrish
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 03:53:28

    I use the Google reader app, on my HTC Desire phone combined with a bookmark I’ve set up on my phone that takes me straight to my dashboard, also any comments that are left on my blog are E-mailed (E-mail apps) to me for moderation, I then can access them via the bookmark to publish or otherwise. In fact most of my on-line existence is through my phone.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:56:15

      I use the WordPress app on my iPod to moderate comments etc as well. Sadly my phone is an unsophisticated lump of metal that is about five years old lol

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  7. Kailana
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 04:53:44

    I remember when the blogging community was so manageable that I just used to read blogs from my Blog List posted on my blog… Now I read so many even with Google Reader I am usually behind.

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  8. Cathy
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 05:42:13

    Ah, the importance of reading all the comments, otherwise I never would’ve gotten Bernadette’s tidbit. Truncated feeds get right up my nose, too. Like you, that’s the best way to get me to stop subscribing to a blog.

    A tip that I read a long time ago stated that you should make subscribing as easy as you possibly can for everyone, from the various methods to the ease of finding where to subscribe on your blog.

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  9. Marg
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 17:04:39

    I hate partial feeds too, or even worse the feeds where only just the post title shows. Might have to try out Bernadette’s tip!

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