Feeds, subscribing and liking

Have you enjoyed the Way? enough to want to read more?

Things change on the web all the time, especially on blogs. Sometimes we intend to keep up with a blog but forget. There are several ways to you can keep up with new posts …..

Feeds

Web feeds (often called ‘RSS’) are the best way (I think) to keep up-to-date with the latest posts. They allow you to automatically receive notification of every new post, or even receive the full text of a post, on your computer, so you don’t miss anything.

They work like this. When a new post is created, a copy of it is added to a special feeds page for the blog. You can then use a feed reader or ‘aggregator’ program, which regular checks this feeds page, to receive notification when new content is available. The post can then be read without actually looking up the blog.

There are many different feed readers and many are free – for example, you can use Google reader or your Google or Yahoo home page.

Setting up a feed

To set up automatic feeds from the Way?, click on the Subscribe button under ‘RSS Feed’. When the feed page opens, choose one of the methods under the “subscribe to” heading and follow the easy instructions. To illustrate, below I give the steps necessary to set up Google Reader on your Google Home Page, or to use widgets on the Google Home Page.

Set up a feed using Google Reader

  1. Set up a Google account if you don’t already have one, by going to Google accounts and create an account.
  2. Go to Google Reader and get a reader account.
  3. Then go to iGoogle and set up an iGoogle Home Page.
  4. On the iGoogle Home Page click on “Add Gadget” (top left corner), then “Add feed or gadget” (middle left) and insert the URL of your Google reader page.
  5. Subscribe to the the Way? feed by clicking on the RSS Feed button and selecting Google as your preferred option.
  6. And you’re away. You may want to configure some aspects of Reader or iGoogle, but that can be done at your leisure.

Please note I do not work for Google or have shares, this is just the method I use myself. There are many other ways to subscribe to this blog, and many other products – just search the web to find them.

Alternatively, just use your Google home page

  1. Set up a Google account if you don’t already have one, by going to Google accounts and create an account.
  2. Then go to iGoogle and set up an iGoogle Home Page.
  3. On the iGoogle Home Page click on “Add Gadget” (top left corner), then “Add feed or gadget” (middle left) and insert the URL for the Way?. The feed will appear in a new box on your home page

Email subscription

If you enter your email address (under ‘Subscribe to this blog’) and click on the ‘Subscribe’ button, an email will be sent to you every time a new post appears. The email will include a link to take you straight to the blog. If you want to unsubscribe, there is a link at the bottom of each email

Alternatively, you can follow the steps for Google reader (above) but at step 5 select to receive new posts by email. This will not just give you a notification, but a full copy of each post.

You can also subscribe to comments on any individual post by ticking the box below the comment space.

Use Facebook

There is a ‘the Way?’ page on Facebook. If you ‘like’ that page, you will get a notification in your Facebook news feed every time I write on the the Way? wall. Since I notify when I make most new posts, you’ll keep up to date that way.

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