One of my readers (yes, I have readers!) remarked a week or two ago that my RSS feed was broken. So I took the opportunity to fix it, sort of.

If you used to have an RSS feed to my site and it’s not working any more, then you should try re-subscribing. You should see a link (with no icon) at the bottom of the right-hand column under “Meta.”

Now in case you are one of the great many people who doesn’t know what an RSS feed is: it’s a pretty cool piece of technology that can notify you whenever I update this blog. That way you don’t have to keep checking back every week to see I haven’t added anything (again).

My blog uses software that will automatically create an RSS message whenever I publish a new article. It sends that message to everyone who has signed up to receive RSS messages from my site. So, it’s a way to automatically announce the presence of a new article.

Major browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, and probably Apple’s Safari but I am too lazy to check) let you subscribe to RSS just by clicking a link (like the one on my page under “Meta”). Then any update notices will appear in a special place in your browser. In Firefox, it’s in the Bookmarks toolbar, under the address box. In Internet Explorer, it’s a bit more hidden but appears as a sub-category under “favorites.”

Now I imagine really tech-savvy people have RSS feeds going into their Blackberries and smart phones and all that. Heck, they probably have gadgets I haven’t even imagined. The point is that there is more than one way to received a feed. I encourage readers to give it a try, if they haven’t already.

If you happen to subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed and then find that nothing gets updated for a long time, there’s a good chance you did nothing wrong. The feed is working perfectly. 🙂