Today’s Super Sabado is going to be a real quickie. No margaritas for me… I’ve got to drive in a little bit. Okay, maybe a few chips. Oooh, is that a quesadilla? Spread some guac on it for me, will you? I’ll take it to go!
I spend most of my days in the car, or at least it feels like it. If I’m not driving, I’m waiting. I try to catch up with my blog reading during the waits, but free internet access is sketchy; more often than not I’m without.
A solution for me has been catching up on everybody with RSS. Here’s what my site looks like in RSS:
My Safari (Mac only) browser catches and caches RSS feeds when I’m online, whether I look at them or not. Then when I’m offline, usually sitting in my van while waiting for swim team to end, I open up my feeds and start to read.
I’m a happy camper when I get full feeds, like Pat‘s:
I can’t comment, read the comments or follow links, but I CAN keep up with my favorite blogs until I have some free time and can catch up with commenting.
Unfortunately, some of my favorite people‘s feeds look like this:
This is called a partial feed. Once I decided to use partial feeds, because I learned a splogger was taking my content and posting it elsewhere, one of the few reasons people prefer to use partial rather than full feeds.
Well, IMO, RSS feeds are a convenience to the reader. They provide a way for the reader to read your site’s content without ever having to visit it. Now, if you are trying to make money off of your site, then should have summary feeds, in order to “encourage” visits to your site. But, if you aren’t trying to make money off of your site, why bother? Just leave the feeds at full content, you readers will appreciate it. —MacManX (AKA James Huff) in a comment to my “Apologies to RSS Readers” post.
MacManX also gave me a link to this article, which hammered the last nail into my partial feed’s coffin. So to speak.
So here are my favorite reads and their RSS feed links, in random order but listed by RSS availability:
Miss Snark, the Literary Agent, RSS
Ramblings from the Desert, RSS
Miklb’s Mindless Ramblings, RSS
Mr. GrouchyPants, RSS
Binary Bonsai, RSS
Spam Huntress, RSS
Nuclear Moose Candy, RSS (He’s not posting that much, lately.)
What Makes You Happy?, RSS
The Church of Angst, RSS
43 Folders, RSS (Note: this is a popular site, he’s got ads, and he uses full feeds. I approve!)
Chad’s Reviews, RSS (Note: Chad’s feed didn’t work for a while… always check your feeds in case there’s an error you need to fix).
My Mean Girl, RSS
My So-Called Blog, RSS
The Amazing Adventures of Sponge Girl, RSS
Sometimes I Ramble, RSS
Balls and Walnuts, RSS
Bonnie Writes, RSS
Gullible’s Travels, RSS
Dennie’s Thoughts, RSS
Desperate Writer, RSS
Here’s to Happy Women, RSS
Mimi’s Pixie Corner, RSS
Partial Feeds… I must work harder to keep up with them
Feeds that were difficult to find
I had to go to extraordinary efforts to find these feeds. Lesson learned: make subscribing to your feeds as easy as possible. Put a link on your site to your feed!
No Feeds at All! Arrrgh!
Karen Ranney (I just finished An Unlikely Governess and all I can say is… Oooh, la la!)
The Smooshie Diaries. But guess what… Mel has moved her site to WordPress, and now she has a fully working feed! (See below)
Reformed Feed People!
This is a partial list because I’m short on time, but it shows you how many blogs I try to keep up with. Having full RSS feeds makes it easier for me to read what you write when I’m sitting in my car, waiting for swim team to finish.
And now for those of you who made it through until the very end, here’s a movie trailer. Kind of a Napoleon Dynamite meets School of Rock meets Zorro: Nacho Libre.
Have a great week, everyone!