Keeping up with Balta blog

Do all of you know about RSS readers, sometimes referred to feed readers or blog readers?  If you have Balta blog bookmarked and are forever clicking on it to see if there are any new posts, this can save you much time. 

RSS stands for “really simple syndication” and when a website offers RSS, you can subscribe to it through a blog reader.  Then all you have to do is call up the blog reader, look at the feeds and you can see immediately if there are any new posts.  And you can read them from your reader!  Also, with some readers, it’s possible to set up a special alert that will let you know when there are new posts, even without opening up the blog reader.

I use Bloglines.  It’s free, all you have to do is set up an account.  And what’s really nifty??  Bloglines offers a tool that you put in your Favorites on your Internet Explorer called ‘Sub with Bloglines’.  Whenever you’re on a site and want to subscribe to it on Bloglines, you click on the ‘Sub with Bloglines’, and it subscribes you.  Very easy.  Bloglines is at www.bloglines.com.

And here’s an article I found on About.com that recommends the top ten free rss readers:

  http://email.about.com/cs/rssfeedreaders/tp/windows_free.htm

Ok, so this is a bit geeky and some of you already know way more about this than I do.  Ok…that’s a thought.  Please add your comments on what you use and how you use it, so that others, not familiar with this tool, might get some insight.

I’ll start….I use Bloglines for work and for recreation.  I watch some sites for the latest news stories and also feature stories that I might use to blog about at work.  (We are starting a TV blog of some of the staff’s favorite shows.)  I also watch for interesting new reference sites that way to add to a web page I maintain at work.  And then, there are the purely fun sites …. like ‘Go Fug Yourself’ and ‘The Slug’, ‘Younger Next Year’ and Pat’s ‘Eating Out in Harrisburg’ blog. 

dee 

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: