So I learned something new this week in the realm of technology. Yes, even I find out about things I have never really cared about before, but have suddenly sparked my curiosity and I just had to find out more. And... surprise! It has nothing to do with gymnastics. Well... not directly.
While I was revamping the Colorado NAWGJ website to a new upgraded, and sparkly-shiney new look, I wondered what the embeded RSS button was on the Blog page. When I clicked on it, wondering if it was something that I needed to edit or hyperlink, nothing happened.
Because of the wonder of the internet, I typed in "What is RSS?" and it directed me to a YouTube video titled, "RSS in Plain English".
Really Simple Syndication... what does that mean?
Apparently, while I have had my nose stuck in medical books, RSS has become a very popular thing. Am I the only one out there under the age of 60 who doesn't know what an RSS link is? I hope not.
In order to understand RSS or Really Simple Syndication, you have to understand what a blog is.
Blog (pronounced like "clog")
1. a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
The page that you are currently reading is a blog. This is a page where I, or even others of our Colorado NAWGJ community can record information which is helpful or informative, in order to assist or educate others. If you like to read blogs, and believe me there are many of them out there, then you can create an RSS link to that blog so that you don't have to go our daily, weekly, monthly... whenever they are updated to find the latest posting. When the blogger (someone like me) updates their page, an RSS feed will automatically send you a link to the new blog. Sort of like receiving an email in our electronic mailbox every time someone wants to contact you.
So how do you set up this RSS link? First, you have to have an RSS reader. Very much like an electronic mailbox. Except this reader is an inbox for all the blogs you follow, including newsletters, news sites such as the Huffington Post, The Blaze, CNN, etc. You can also link blogs such as this site, and hundreds of others related to the sport of gymnasts, cooking, gardening, being a mom, not being a mom... you got the point.
After downloading a reader (many are free) you can link in our blogs/newsletters/etc. many different ways. You can add it in from the reader, which will require you to know the URL or if you are on a blog site, news site, etc., you can click on the RSS button (look for it) and it will automatically add the page to your reader. However, warning, not every blog page has an RSS button. But mine does. :)
If the page that you want to save does not have an RSS button, copy the URL and manually add the page to your reader. I have found many different blogs that do not have the RSS button.
Well, that's all I got to say about that. Below you will find the YouTube video on RSS feeds and a picture of what an RSS feed button looks like. Look for them on your favorite pages.
Oh, and don't forget to click on RSS button on this page so you stay updated with new blogs from Colorado NAWGJ! It's just to the right....
Kathi Blazek is a National Judge in the state of Colorado.