What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for distributing web content (websites, weblogs and group message boards) to special programs called RSS readers or news aggregators which collect whatever sources you select into one easy-to-use browser window. An alternative format is called Atom. It functions like RSS, but you'll need to insert the Atom feed below if you use an Atom reader.

How do I read this blog in an RSS or Atom aggregator or reader?

Easy. Just click on the "add feed" link in your RSS reader and insert this URL in the space provided:


(This is the RSS feed to a mirror site hosted on Blogspot. It enables you to read the entire post via your RSS reader.)

I also handcode two RSS feeds which provide only a brief summary of each entry:


If it is an Atom reader, then insert this URL:


That's all there is to it. If you want to try a browser-based aggregator, an easy (and free) one is NewsGator. There are dozens available, so look around before deciding on one. Some are free, some charge fees. You can find a list on RSS at Harvard Law. For an executable, stand-alone reader for both RSS and Atom, try Feedreader which is free and very easy to use.