How to Keep Up On New Posts on the Working Well Resources Blog
For web savvy readers, you may already know about RSS feeds and have added the Working Well Resources blog to your feedlist. For the unititiated, RSS feeds are a great way to keep track of new Working Well blog posts as well as some of your other favorite blogs and news sources without having to go to the web site URL every time you want to see what we have posted.
You may recognize the universal feed icon or these “chicklets” from your favorite websites, blogs, and podcasts. These icons represent content in any format – text, audio or video – to which you can subscribe and read/watch/listen using a feed reader.
How Do I Subscribe to the Working Well Resources blog?
The easiest way to subscribe to feeds is to use your yahoo or other search site with a built in feed reader.
I. Subscribing to the Blog Using Yahoo Email
With a Yahoo email account, you can add the Working Well Resource blog feed using the following steps.
1. Simply log onto your Yahoo email account.
2. Open the Working Well Resources website in a sepearate window by typing in workingwellresources.com at the http:// prompt. (http://workingwellresources.com)
3. Click on the word Posts next to the little RSS feed icon at the top of the Working Well Resources site.
4. Your yahoo site will show a pop up window that says New content added. You have added “Working Well Resources’ Blog” to your page. And then two boxes that allow you to either Keep It or Cancel the subscription.
5. Click on Keep It.
Now every time you log into your Yahoo home page, the latest posts from Working Well Resources will appear in a box above your regular news feeds!
II. Subscribing via Google Reader
1. Sign into your Google email account. (Email and password.)
2. Click on Add a Subscription box in the upper left-hand corner of the Google page.
3. Type in workingwellresources.com at the http:// prompt.
4. Click the Add button.
This adds the Working Well Resources blog to your Google reader list. When new posts are added, the Working Well Resources title will be bolded and the number of posts added will be listed in parenthesis. More on subscribing via Google Reader–instructions here including a short how-to video.
III. Adding the Working Well Resource Blog to your Microsoft Outlook Account
Add an RSS Feed through the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Account Settings dialog box:
1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
2. On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
3. In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example, http://www.example.com/feed/main.xml.
4. Click Add.
5. Click OK.
What are feeds? I see “RSS” out there, but I don’t know how I might use these links when I find them.
Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into “widgets,” “gadgets,” mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere.
Why are RSS Feeds a Good Thing?
Technology evolution in online publishing has made it really easy to not only publish regular updates to web-based content, but also keep track of a large number of your favorite websites or blogs, without having to remember to check each site manually or clutter your email inbox. You can now streamline your online experience by subscribing to specific content feeds and aggregating this information in one place to be read when you’re ready.
How Do I Read My Feeds?
If you want to browse and subscribe to feeds, you have many choices. Today, there are more than 2,000 different feed reading applications, also known as “news aggregators” (for text, mostly) or “podcatchers” (for podcasts). There are even readers that work exclusively on mobile devices.