I recently discovered that many of my closest friends haven’t been keeping up with CFO simply because they don’t read blogs regularly. So I wanted to share some blog-reading basics:
The easiest way to read blogs is via subscription, which lets you know when new posts are up so you don’t have to keep checking the site to see if it’s been updated. As far as I can tell, there are two kinds of subscriptions: RSS feeds and email.
You can check out Wikipedia’s technical definition of an RSS feed. But all you really need to know is that RSS feeds enable you to view the most recent headlines and some or all of the posts of a whole bunch of blogs in one place, known as a feed reader or aggregator. That means you only need to go to one place to see which blogs have been recently updated. Almost every blog offers the option of subscribing via an RSS feed. Some popular readers are My Yahoo!, Bloglines, and Google Reader. I’ve been using My Yahoo! for almost ten years, but I am switching to Google Reader since I can read many blog posts in their entirety there, while Yahoo only allows me to view the first few lines.
Some blogs offer the option of email subscriptions, meaning you give them your email address and they send you an update with the blog’s recent posts. You can also create an account at Feedblitz and sign up for email notifications of blogs that have an RSS feed, even if the blog itself doesn’t offer the option of subscribing by email. (Note: I’ve recently begun offering subscription by email. You can sign up for a daily email of each day’s posts here.)
To get started with your blog-reading, please subscribe to CFO via RSS or email, and then check out the “Links” section to your right to see the blogs that I read regularly. Before you know it, you’ll be reading blogs every day!