JanesGuide RSS Feed Paths

To subscribe to a particular RSS feed, enter the corresponding url into your chosen newsreader.

JanesGuide New Listings: http://www.janesguide.com/rss/newlistings.xml

JaneSays blog: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/janesays/feed/rss/

JanesGuide Book Reviews: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/books/feed/rss/

JanesGuide Sex Toy Reviews: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/toys/feed/rss/


RSS - What is it? Why do I care? How do I get it?


RSS RSS is "Really Simple Syndication". Don't get too caught up in what this unraveled acronym means, read on instead. The quick and dirty of RSS is that if you like to stay up to date on several websites, blogs, or your favorite news columns, RSS will help you. If you're an avid reader and you browse through your favorite set of web links every day to check for site updates, many times you find that a site hasn't updated or you missed the last update. RSS takes the pain out of checking many links for content updates.

Blogs, news sites, video websites, and podcasts all use RSS feeds to syndicate their information to the dozens of feed reader programs. This allows a person to subscribe to all of the blogs, podcasts, video feeds, and online newspapers they normally read/listen to in one place, saving time by eliminating the need to hop from website to website to check for new content, especially when sites are updated at varying rates.

Every time you load your RSS reader it will check the RSS links you bookmarked for updates. If there are updates it will download them into the reader - you can choose upon setup whether you want to download just the headlines, excerpts, or (if the website allows it) full entries. At your leisure you can then read the updates with one click rather than having to navigate to find them. This simplifies life greatly and will empty out your inbox of all those newsletters and websites you subscribe to. My inbox use to be crowded with subscriptions and since I never seemed to have time to read them, I would just keep hitting the delete button and eventually would unsubscribe to try to reduce the overwhelming email pollution in my inbox. My favorite example: I used to subscribe to Comedy Central's "joke of the day." Unfortunately, instead of being a light moment in my day, it just because another tiresome email in my inbox that I had to deal with and usually I was too busy so I would hit delete as soon as it came in. I converted to an RSS feed and wow, what a difference. Now when I need a good joke I click on my RSS feed and BAM! there are all the jokes since the last time I read them. No more polluted inbox. The information - be it jokes or articles or the latest smut reviews from JanesGuide - are instantly accessible but also contained in an organized place away from your email inbox that is already full with work and personal correspondence.

Once I saw how easy RSS feeds were to subscribe to - and how they served to declutter my days on the computer - I read extensively about RSS and figured out how to add it to JanesGuide. I couldn't believe how simple it was - and I also couldn't believe how many new reviews I had been missing while I was busy tinkering on the site! Now not a single listing gets past me since they are all aggregated into my RSS feed reader. I also found that most Blogs (especially WordPress which we use at JanesGuide to house several sections of the website) have built in RSS feeds.

There are many free web-based RSS feed readers including Bloglines, Pluck, and Newsgator. These services allow you to check your RSS feeds on any computer with internet access. Yahoo, Google, and AOL also offer readers as part of their service options while many popular browsers like Firefox include syndication right in the interface. Instead of having to check in with every site, your just have to log into your chosen news reader and all of the latest entries are compiled there. You can use the Quicklinks in the right sidebar to add JanesGuide's various RSS feeds to your chosen web-based newsreader.

You can also download a newsreader to have everything downloaded to your desktop. RSSowl (www.rssowl.org) is a FREE open source reader that works on any operating system and is extremely easy to install and use. Once it is installed, to access JaneGuides' new listings, simply do the following:
- click the "New" button
- type http://www.janesguide.com/rss/newlistings.xml into the URL/Path field
- type in a title or click the little arrow to the right of title (that will copy the title in from the website)
- select how often you want an update and click OK
The feed is now created, to view it just double click the feed, this will display the headers and when you want to view the entry just double click the header and you've got it. You can repeat this process to subscribe to our feeds for book and sex toy reviews as well as Jane's blog. See the beginning and the end of this article for the path URL's for each of these feeds.

So how did I set up my computer to access JaneGuide's new listings? I used Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client and set up an RSS feed in it. I highly recommend this e-mail client over Microsoft's Lookout product - and Firefox for browsing.

Use the above banners to access the recommended software and download it. After installation do the following:
- first you have to add a RSS/News account link in Thunderbird. To do this select Tools, click Accounts, click Add Account, select RSS News & Blogs and name it
- this will create a new account under your inbox. Now click on the new folder then select "Manage Subscriptions" from the screen.
- Click "Add" and enter the feed URL as:
http://www.janesguide.com/rss/newlistings.xml
This will download the headers and you are up and running.

Well I hope you've enjoyed this little (geeky) adventure! Good luck with RSS and let me know if you like it as much as I do... » Jack


One last note... In some programs you have to have the HTTP, in others you don't.. go figure..


JanesGuide RSS Feed Paths

To subscribe to a particular RSS feed, enter the corresponding url into your chosen newsreader.

JanesGuide New Listings: http://www.janesguide.com/rss/newlistings.xml

JaneSays blog: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/janesays/feed/rss/

JanesGuide Book Reviews: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/books/feed/rss/

JanesGuide Sex Toy Reviews: http://janesguide.com/wpmu/toys/feed/rss/