RSS: The Engine That Powers The Beast


Now that you understand what a blog is, I think its time I introduce you to its engine, a turbocharged 12-cylinder 750 horsepower (but purrs like a pussycat) file format called, RSS. If the name is not menacing enough, well, it was not meant to be.RSS Logo

Why would you be interested in getting to know RSS a little more intimately? After all, most of us rarely lift the bonnets of our Fords, Toyotas, BMWs, Hondas to understand how and why engines power our car the way they do. There’s just not enough time in a day and moreover, we just don’t want to get our hands dirty.

Well, RSS is a little more different than a car engine. Let me correct that; it’s a lot more different. If you’re planning to start a blog, paying attention to RSS will guide you towards increasing your reader base and potentially turn you into something of a cult figure in the eyes of your readers. Vice-versa, it will help you keep track of blogs you find interesting – without having to fire up each blog individually. This means, you don’t even have to visit the blog you plan to read at all.

How is this possible? By using something called an RSS feed reader, sometimes known more menacingly as ‘the aggregator’. But however its called, its job function is exactly the same.

If you’re a news junkie, then RSS is like a Godsend. With fresh news dripping into your RSS feed reader faster than the time it takes to decipher a Rumsfeld’s press statement – you’ll be taking your news addiction to a whole new level.

Take the time to read this short primer on RSS. If you’re pressed for time, then just watch this video. It will take about 4 minutes, but contains enough information to instill in you the confidence to take on RSS once and for all. 


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6 Responses to “RSS: The Engine That Powers The Beast”

  1. Thanks for the video on RSS and feeds! As a novice blogger, I’ve been trying to make sense of RSS as I keep hearing that it’s important for bloggers. While I now know how I can get my fave sites via RSS, how do I allow others to get updates on my blog via RSS?

  2. Not a problem Blogscapes. Glad the videos were of help to you.

    Your blog should have an rss feed of its own. I had a look at your site (think you’re doing a nice job with it, btw) and since you’re on wordpress, these should be your feeds: or

    By placing either of these feeds into a feed aggregator like Bloglines, your subscribers will automatically receive your blog posts. You can check out any of the above tutorials to get a clearer picture on how to do this.

    I would suggest you get hold of a few rss chicklets. This makes things easier
    for your readers. It saves time for them. Place those chicklets on your blog.
    Clicking them would direct your readers to the specified feed reader. They
    should know what to do next.
    Click this link
    and follow the instructions step by step and you should be on your way.

    Hope that answers your question. If you’re still unsure, let me know.

  3. Wonderful! Thanks for the tips. Hope to get more tips from you. Have placed your blog on my blogroll so others who pop by Blogscapes can get updates too.

    Many thanks for the encouragement!

  4. You’re most welcome. And thanks for the link to Technopreneur.

    I have my eye out on your blog too as I think you’re heading in the right direction with it. I know I’ll be referencing your blog entries sometime in the future.

  5. I got this zune download that is a blast. i am glad microsoft is catching up. I know they get a lot of flack but i like them

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