Friday, August 03, 2007

Blog Feed

So obviously over the past week or so, I've gotten quite a few new readers. Some of you are coming back and just looking at the homepage, not any specific post - maybe you're wondering if I've written anything new in the meantime. That's cool, but there's an easier way to satisfy your curiosity.

Down at the bottom of my blog, you'll see a link that says "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)". (That link right there works too.) If you're familiar with RSS, this works the same way. If you're not familiar with RSS, this is how you can keep up to date with my blog without having to remember to constantly visit my homepage. And it's not difficult at all to set up.

Click that link in Firefox and you'll immediately be prompted to subscribe to the blog in your choice of several readers, or as a live bookmark directly in the browser. I don't have IE7 but I believe it does something similar. In IE6, you'll need to either download a separate blog reader or just use Google's Reader, which is very easy, especially if you already have a Gmail or other Google account. It's here.

Subscribing to blogs lets you keep all the blogs you're interested in organized in one place, and it means you don't have to keep manually refreshing all of them to see if there's anything new. You'll never miss a new post. Since I don't update quite as frequently as a lot of other bloggers (I try to make 'em count!), a subscription can only help you avoid disappointment as you come here day after day looking for new content :)

Update: My feed is now going through Feedburner, so the initial page when you click the "subscribe" link looks a bit different than I described above. Don't worry - it works the same way. Just select your reader of choice at the top of the page when you click the "subscribe" link and you're done.

Feedburner is basically a stat-tracker for RSS feeds. It'll tell me what you guys find interesting and what you don't, and that'll help me write better posts in the future.

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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