Feed a reader


Hold on! I’m not going to preach about daily reading … not now. I just want to introduce you to two concepts a person your age is supposed to be familiar with: “feed” and “reader”.

Right now I’m writing in my blog. Every time I write, I add new content to it. Thus I produce a “feed” for my readers – a bite of wisdom a day keeps failure away.

You might develop the habit of checking my blog for new content every day, ok, but if you want to keep an eye on several blogs / websites for updates, you’d better subscribe to them and have them delivered to you the moment they are published.

When you want to check if you have mail from your friends / college admission officers, you don’t go to their mailboxes to check if they have sent something to you; you check only your own mailbox. Similarly, you could have the same for the “feed” from your friends’ blogs / new articles from your favourite online media, etc.

How do you subscribe to a feed? The most popular symbol representing a feed is the one you can see above the text. Look for it on your favourite websites. You need to click on it and copy the URL from the browser.

You also need a “reader” – it’s a tool designed to receive the feeds you have subscribed to – just like your mailbox is designed to receive the letters from your friends.

There is a variety of readers. Some might be installed on your computer, but others could be used online, reached from any computer via the Internet.

I have tried some, and I find Google Reader the most convenient. Most subscriptions could be done even without finding the feed symbol – just by pasting the URL of the blog into a box. I have it in my Gmail account. You don’t know what Gmail is? Well, why not find out?

Besides, I could share with you selected pieces. My shared items could make one of your feeds. Instead of adding all your classmates’ blogs to your reader, you might subscribe to one of my feeds, featuring the best pieces from all my students’ blogs. Look for the feed sign in my blog.

Well, that’s just a rudimentary intro. You could find out the rest on your own. Still, I might be willing to answer some questions too.


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