I was thinking about this the other day and decided to open it up for discussion. We all know there are two ways to subscribe to a blog so that you receive notification of new posts. It’s something I do as a virtual assistant to keep up with news in my field and other blogs that I enjoy reading. I will describe the options for subscription briefly for anyone new to the scene.
Subscribe via RSS Feed. You can subscribe to receive updated posts via RSS feed. According to Wikipedia, “RSS feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. A standardized XML format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites…”
The most common reader used for RSS feeds is Google Reader. You can organize the feeds in Google Reader which helps you save time when reading blogs. Kristi over at Kikolani wrote a great post explaining how to do that in more detail. You can read it here.
Subscribe via E-mail. This explanation is a bit simpler. You can subscribe this way by entering your e-mail and then clicking a verification link. Any time a new post is added to the site it will show up in your inbox. I personally prefer this method. I organize these much the same way that Kristi does in Google Reader with folders, categories and such.
I find it much simpler to just open my inbox and skim the folders. I can see if anyone has added a new post and it saves me time from opening another program. I have visited blogs that only offer the option of subscribing via RSS feed. I still sign up but to be honest, I often forget (or get too busy) to check my Google Reader.
What’s your opinion? Which way do you prefer to subscribe to someone’s blog? Do you think all sites should offer both options?