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Turn on your feeds

Dear Blogger users,

I’m increasingly reading blogs through an aggregator. This is a software tool that grabs text from lots of different web pages and puts it in one place for me. It saves me time, and allows me to read more blogs in less time. More people are using them all the time.

To enable this, many blogs have site feeds, using technologies such as RSS and Atom, and provide a link somewhere that people can plug into their aggregator to read it that way. But most Blogger sites don’t have this turned on by default. If you use Blogger and haven’t already done it, make the time to switch it on — the instructions are here — it should only take a couple of minutes, and (if it’s what you want) it’ll make it easier for people to stay up to date with your blog.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “Turn on your feeds”

I read a lot of blogs through an aggregator. I use bloglines. I still find that I link through to a few to comment, but on the whole I just read them via the single page. It’s so much easier! And when they update, your one single page gets updated. So much time saved!! :)

If you are interested in increasing your readership, RSS feeds are the way to go. Your blog, or posts from it, will show up in all manner of searches as well as direct subscriptions. Many of the blogs I now explictly have on my subscription list were found because they came up in one of the keyword searches I have set up at Bloglines.

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