Would you like to know when the Pastor has posted
a new blog entry to his blog without having to go to his blog every day and look?
The Pastor's blog automatically
makes a web feed available which can be read by other programs.
Internet Explorer Version 7 (IE7) and later versions, have support for web feeds
(also called RSS feeds). RSS is a Web content syndication format. Its name
is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
IE7 and later versions are distrubuted through the Windows Update service.
To subscribe to the Pastor's Blog using IE7:
- Click on the XML button at the bottom of his blog.
- Click on "Subscribe
to this feed".
- In the pop up box click on "Subscribe".
- Click on "View My Feeds".
Now when ever you want to know if there are any unread entries in any of the web feeds
to which you have subscribed, click on "Favorites Center" in IE7 and click on the "Feeds Tab". Whether
you have subscribed to 1 feed, 10 feeds, or 100 feeds, any unread entries will be displayed here.
If you are not using IE7 or later, you may also subscribe to a web feed using a reader (or blog reader).
There are a number of readers available (I suspect that AOL provides one for their users). If you don't have a
reader that you are already using you might try the Google Reader (www.google.com/reader).
To view new entries to Sam's blog, check your reader. Once you have read an
entry it will no longer show in the reader (similar in concept to deleting an e-mail note
after you have read it).
Of course, if you only subscribe to one blog, and you have no reason to see the reader otherwise, then going to
the reader every day is no better than checking the blog every day.
However the page you start with
when you access the web (I have a personalized Google home page as my startup page) probably has the option to add a reader
to the startup page. I have added the Google Reader to my personalized Google startup page.
Now every time I open a browser window it starts
with my personalized Google page. One of the things on my personalized page is the Google Reader. Thus every time
I open a browser window I can easily tell if Sam has updated his blog.