I got an email the other day from a reader who said my feed no longer worked. I was embarassed to say I hadn't thought about the feed in a long time, and discovered I no longer even had a link in the left hand column.
I set up a Feedburner (Feedster?) feed a couple years back, but it worked sporadically and then didn't work at all. I left the link on the page, and added a link to an Atom feed once Blogger started offering it. But when I edited the template a few months ago, I deleted links to both feeds, the one that worked and the one that didn't.
So now the link is back, top of the lefthand column. http://newsresearch.blogspot.com/atom.xml
The reader checked the feed in two validation sites, http://www.xml.com/cgi-bin/checker/checker
, so it should work for everyone, despite being Atom not RSS.
On this topic, a relevant post from Sheila Lennon
, who feels the same way I do about feeds. She quotes Jeneane Sessum, who says, in Lazy Aggregator Readers Go Home
, that readers miss the point of conversation with a blog. She asks her readers to come to her page, comment and interact. Sheila comments on Jeneane's blog:
I like returning to familiar sites, I guess, seeing what you're all up to. Making my rounds is a comfortingly familiar routine to start and end the day.
Me too. I tried three or four feed readers, starting with Amphetadesk and moving on thru several more. I do have quite a few feeds in My Yahoo! and check that once a week or so to see if I've missed anything. Lately I've thought about setting up Google Reader or the reader in Firefox. But I just can't enthuse about this. Like Sheila, I like to browse, see if the site has changed any, blogroll has been added to, etc. I just click on my blogroll links and have a regular routine...some blogs every day, some every other day or so, some once a week. Works for me.
(Added later:) And, another thought: when I edit the posting, as I've done with this one, do people who read this only in feeds get the updates? I'm really bad about going back to change things after I post them. I think of something else I meant to say, or realize I've spelled something wrong (Sessum, not Sessums). Hmmm...