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Feel the Burn… (Er, the FeedBurner.)

Happy Honeymooners!I’m trying to convert all of my RSS feed readers over to using my FeedBurner feed. If you are reading this in Bloglines, NewsGatorOnline (my personal favorite), Google, My Yahoo! or your RSS feed reader of choice, would you mind converting? Just click here to subscribe. (I’ve included handy-dandy links on my sidebar too.)

One of the cool things about the Feedburner feeds now is that they offer features like including links and Flickr photos in their feeds. I’ve enabled both of those for now for testing. I have considered posting my links here, but this seemed like a good alternative.

If you have no idea what RSS feeds are, you might want to read these posts:
Mmmm… Feed Me…
NewsGator vs. Bloglines (My thoughts on why I prefer NewsGatorOnline to read RSS feeds.)
RSS – You Know What it is, Right?

And an oldie but a goodie that I wrote for ScriptyGoddessWhat is XML? And What is RSS? Why Do I Want It Anyways? Lots of little tidbits in there that are still applicable.

If you have a blog, enable feeds. Full feeds with pictures is best. Pretty please? I know it takes jumping through a few hoops on some hosted blogging platforms (namely Typepad), but it is so worthwhile. Let me know if you have any questions about this stuff – I’m a huge fan of feeds, so I’m happy to share any knowledge I might have.

But there is one thing to remember. If you read everything via feeds, take a moment to pop in to the sites you read every once in awhile and leave a comment or two. Every blogger appreciates your feedback. Well, unless they are really cold-hearted, but why would you be reading them anyways if they were?

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

20 replies on “Feel the Burn… (Er, the FeedBurner.)”

Morning, chickie! I’ve switched my subscription over to Feedburner — love them! I actually use Sage, and extension of Firefox. Bloglines wasn’t keeping up with my feeds properly, so I made the switch.

Nothing much to say, but I can’t wait to see what you knit for the Olympics!

Switch?? That makes me wanna twitch. I (L) Google feeds. You want me to switch?

I try to comment, but don’t ususally on the knitting stuff cause, uh, I have never even been in the same room where knitting is occuring and have nothing significant to add to the conversation except well, “That is so pretty.” which get’s kinda old at times. πŸ˜‰

You want me to switch!?

Why the switch to Feedburner? Is there any value-add as opposed to getting the feed directly from you?

I’ve found them to be SLOW in updating feeds, and doesn’t notify on comments – as opposed to the WordPress RSS, which displays comments in a tree-like fashion (in NewzCrawler)

I’m totally guilty of reading only feeds and forgetting to drop by every once in a while to say “hello! I’m reading you!” I might try out Feedburner, too. I’m not addicted to Bloglines, and it looks really nice. πŸ™‚

Elle – no! You can keep using Google! Just switch which feed you are using, that is all! πŸ˜€

Don – really? I haven’t noticed them being slow in updating feeds, but that is good to know. I’ll have to keep an eye on that. Yes, they offer stats and so forth that I can’t seem to figure out how to get from my direct feeds. If you have any tips, that would be great. I guess the value-add that they offer is more for me than for you, huh?

Erin – I’ll have to check out Sage. I thought I had installed it when I had my last Firefox plugin play day, but I’ve never figured it out. NewsGatorOnline was easier since I use different computers, but now that I’m mainly on the laptop again, I’ll check it out.

Kristy! Yo! What’s up! πŸ˜€ *waving*

I use bloglines, but I almost always visit the actual blogs – I just like getting the full effect, I guess!

And thanks for dropping by my blog. If you visit again, you’ll see another Brooks Farm Yarn from Kid’n’Ewe. I had just the opposite problem you had – I wanted to buy it all! πŸ˜‰

Oh Janna, I wanted to buy them all too! But everything I could come up with a project for required more three skeins it seemed like, and whenever I found a color I liked they only had one or two! It was painful. I almost bought one anyways, but I forced myself not to do it. Instead I bought fiber and spinning goodies!

“I know it takes jumping through a few hoops on some hosted blogging platforms (namely Typepad)”

Huh? TypePad publishes full feeds automatically for everybody…?

Do you think the addition of feeds has lessened blog commenting? I have noticed a downward spiral over the last year and unless I’ve become really really boring (which could be the case) I’m wondering if more and more people are just reading blogs via feeds which lessens the actual “contact” they have with the person who’s blog they are reading.

We all just want to feel loved. Is that so wrong? πŸ˜›

Hey Christine, quick question on NewsGator if you don’t mind me asking. Can you create folders to organize your feeds with the free version? I want to group all my blog feeds in one folder, all my news feeds in another, etc. I’m searching the site but I don’t see any explanation on this. Thanks hon!

Really Anil? Is that a recent change? Because I know back in October when I talked with several Typepad knit bloggers, they said that it didn’t do that, and when I talked with Typepad support, I was told it took a few steps to activate it, etc. But if it now does it automatically – that is GREAT!!! Wheee!

I’m wondering if there was some kind of miscommunication or mixup… TypePad’s had full feeds in Atom and XML since the beginning, automatically. I think the only exception is if people mark their blogs as private or turn off the feeds manually in the control panel. Strange. But anyway, good news they have feeds, especially since I love all the TypePad knitting blogs. πŸ™‚

I figured out tonight what it was – that either the feed isn’t in their templates by default, or they have a tendency to strip them out of their templates because they have no idea what they are and don’t realize I want to read them by using feeds. I mean, really! They should know I’ll want to subscribe someday! πŸ˜€

thanks for the links (which i’ll read soon). i have rss enabled, but i don’t know if it’s a full feed with pictures, or what. and i can’t pull my own site up on the yahoo feed that i use to read news sites, so i have no idea what’s going on. but apparently other people can read my feed using whatever they use, so that’s the point, right?

What a wonderfull post dude, thanks for sharing this. For sure i will check your another post later, i just bookmarking this site. Again happy posting

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