But I Don’t Have Time To Subscribe To Your Blog!

Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

1082770_rss_image_1I knew of RSS about five years ago, but only in the context of news sites. I started seeing the little icon popping up on more and more sites, but I thought very little of it. It wasn’t until around a year ago that I was introduced to Google Reader. It revolutionized the way I get information online. If you have never really dug into RSS feeds much and you like to get information online, then it will do the same for you too.

I didn’t want to spend the time figuring out why I should be interested in this stuff. Then I found out that it’s incredibly simple! Getting started in the world of RSS can all be explained in less than 4 minutes.

Here’s basically how it works.

It’s a wonderful time-saving tool! If there is a blog that has some interesting content on it from time to time, then it’s really worth the minimal time it takes to set up the RSS reader, click on the feed, and stay updated. I usually skim through the articles, but if I am in a hurry, I’ll go to list view and just click on the headlines that look intriguing to me.Of course, if you’re not into all this crazy new technology stuff, then you can still sign up the old fashioned way with email updates and receive those. Good stuff.Some really good links that explain RSS are:

6 Comments on But I Don’t Have Time To Subscribe To Your Blog!

  1. I use google reader too. It makes it so easy to sift through information. There came a point where I was visiting so many blogs, I felt like my whole day was consumed by it. Now I go to my google reader and skim through what I need and want to know. It’s a great time saving tool.

  2. RSS has revolutionized the way I consume information on the internet – it is one of the technological advances I can really get behind. The sheer volume of stuff I can track and read without addition effort has increased my productivity by a factor I’d have trouble quantifying. I’m interested to see where RSS is headed now that I’m certain it’s not going away.

  3. Matthew, I had a Motorola MPX200 cell phone back in 2004 that actually had built-in RSS syndication technology. Unfortunately, AT&T/Cingular didn’t support the frequency of its antennae very much after that and so it basically became obsolete. But the concept was WAY ahead of its time.

  4. great website!!!! what do you think about what is happening in Miami, FL with the teachers recieving increase in the salaries?

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