How to Subscribe to the Acme Winery Blog


Short Answer

With most RSS readers, you can just provide the address of our blog:

	http://www.acmewinery.com/blog
and your RSS reader will automatically locate the associated feed with some behind-the-scenes magic. Presto! You're subscribed.

Longer Answer

You can subscribe to the Acme Winery blog using an RSS reader like Bloglines, NewsGator, FeedDemon, or NetNewsWire for Macintosh users. You can also add our blog to your My Yahoo! page or Firefox browser, both of which understand RSS.

The best part: you don't have to check back to see if we've written anything new. Your RSS reader will tell you.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication - it's just a way of describing updates to information, such a Web site or a blog. An RSS reader is a program which lets you to subscribe to an RSS feed (the description of updates), which means you get automatically notified whenever updates occur.

An RSS reader is to reading blogs (or other information sources that have RSS feeds) as an e-mail program like Outlook or Eudora is to reading e-email (in fact, NewsGator can be integrated with Outlook, so your e-mail and RSS subscriptions are combined). You open your e-mail program and it shows you any new mail you've received. You open your RSS reader and it shows you any new information from the feeds to which you've subscribed (like the RSS feed for our blog).

In most RSS readers, you can just provide the address of our blog:

	http://www.acmewinery.com/blog
and the RSS reader will automatically locate the associated feed with some behind-the-scenes magic.

Or, you can use Bloglines (a free Web-based service) to subscribe, track and read RSS feeds using your browser. This may be the easiest approach for most people. Click on this link

       http://www.bloglines.com/sub/http://www.acmewinery.com/blog/
to subscribe using Bloglines. The nice thing about Bloglines is that you don't have to install any special software on your computer, and you can read your subscriptions from any computer with a Web browser.

Should you need them, here are the actual URLs for the RSS feed for the Acme Winery blog:

	http://www.acmewinery.com/blog/atom.xml	(Atom format)
	http://www.acmewinery.com/blog/index.xml	(RDF format)
Clicking on these URLs will simply show you the contents of the feed, which isn't very useful. But technically-minded sorts may find them of interest. What is the importance of Atom vs. RDF? These are different ways of providing RSS information. Either your RSS reader will automatically figure out which one to use, or it will give you a choice among the formats it finds acceptable.