As part of my whole playing with the design I figured that I wanted to add a ‘what’s this’ thing next to my RSS / Atom feeds and mentioned it briefly here.
Well, have given that a bit of a re-write and it now lives next to the ‘subscribe’ tag on the sidebar as a rather odd looking linked question mark (am not sure whether this is clear enough for those new to RSS but hope so). It links to this page which I’m hoping I can refine and play around with until it’s the simplest, most straightforward guide to what RSS is and how you can subscribe to stuff through it, ever.
So, here’s the complete text, what do you think? If anyone has a parent or a some colleagues they could try it out on I’d be hugely appreciative! I just want something that’s short, sweet and straightforward… do you think a diagram would help?
“RSS and Atom allow you to simply subscribe to this weblog to receive new postings in what’s called a ‘news aggregator’.
Then copy and paste the URL of my RSS feed (in this case: “https://incsub.org/wp-rss2.php”) into the appropriate box and click on ‘Subscribe’ (or ‘add’ or whatever looks best).
Now you can check your aggregator the same way you can check email. Each time a new item is posted to this weblog you’ll be able to read it there.
What’s even better is that you can now use the aggregator to subscribe to as many weblogs and news sources as you like… for example if you like this site you will probably like some of the sites I’m currently reading (listed down the right of this blog), they all have RSS or Atom too.
So when you turn on your aggregator it’s like you’re surfing hundreds of sites to check for new content, all by visiting one place.
So what are ya waiting for, get going… get a bloglines account (1 minute), subscribe to my RSS feed, check out the sites I’m reading, your favourite news sites, subscribe to them and I guarantee you’ll never look back!”