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Thursday, January 1, 2009

What Does It Mean To Subscribe?

Subscribing is simply a way to get all Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee's latest articles, ensuring you don't miss a day.

It's actually quite a nifty concept.

Here's how it works (borrowed from Simple Mom):

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It’s a little piece of technology that allows you to receive up-to-date information from sites in one spot, where you can then read them on your own time. Many times, a blog’s RSS is simply called a “feed.”

A subscription is a good description for receiving these feeds - think of it as you would subscribing to a magazine or newspaper. It comes to your mailbox when they have new stuff to give you.

An RSS reader is a place you go to read your feeds. The most popular ones are Bloglines and Google Reader. If you already have a Gmail account, I suggest starting with Google Reader, simply because your account is already set up and ready to go.
If you don’t want to set up an account at a feed reader, you can also have blog updates sent to your e-mail.

Why should I bother subscribing?

It’s simpler. Your time and energy are precious, so you don’t want to needlessly waste them - you have plenty enough to do as you spin all your plates.
Subscribing makes your life simpler because:

  1. It saves you time. Instead of you going to all the sites you enjoy, they come to you. And they only come to you when they have something new to share.
  2. It saves you mental energy. You don’t have to remember the sites you want to read - they’re all waiting for you in your reader or your email inbox.

Also, more and more blogs provide perks for their subscribers - extra information, free downloads, e-books, and other things available only via RSS. An example: for Simple Mom’s two most recent contests, there was a secret code at the bottom of every post during the contest. You could email me the code, which gave you an extra entry in the contest, doubling your chance of winning.

What should I do now?

Subscribe to Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee by clicking here. Repeat with all your favorite blogs!


Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Count me in the 5:16 club~ I want to join!

Ginny said...

Wow, nice blog. Would you pour me a cup of coffee--I'll be right over.