Big Thank You
First off, I started this blog a little over 12 weeks ago. It’s now getting about 600 visits a day. Most of that traffic is from word of mouth and email. So thanks to all of you who are sending posts to people and telling people to visit! It’s a good thing you do this because, as I mentioned earlier, I’m only slowly learning all of the crucial things one is supposed to do to build one’s blog traffic. Thank you!
My friend Marty reads my blog everyday. If she is a sampling of my demographic, then most of my readers don’t even know how to work a cell phone. (Marty — and I am NOT exaggerating here — hangs up on me by accident in every phone conversation we have.) So, let’s assume you’re like Marty.
Allow me to direct your attention to the sidebar over to the left of this text. It’s called a sidebar because it’s a bar. (Albeit vertical.) And it’s on the side. (In this bar, you will find no bottles of water for $4.50 like you find in the bars of some hotel rooms.)
The Symbols and Boxes (They’re called Icons)
At the top of the side bar is a little orange symbol that looks like the volume button on a cell phone. (Uh-oh! I’ve already lost Marty!) Next to it are the words “Christine Kane RSS Feed.” The boxes below it are also RSS Feeds for those of you who have a Google Homepage or a My Yahoo page.
What is RSS?
An RSS is a signal that will come from your favorite blog. It will tell your computer that your favorite blog has been updated. That’s all.
An RSS lets you to subscribe to a blog. This means that when you click on these icons, they will EASILY and SWIFTLY guide you to set your Google homepage up (or whatever you use) so you can see a list that shows if I’ve posted a new article whenever you open Google. You don’t have to waste a precious 10 seconds visiting this site to check whether or not there’s a new article. Imagine all the things you could be doing with that ten seconds instead.
But isn’t that the same as bookmarking a blog and putting it on the bookmarks bar???
Not really. With bookmarking, you’ll still have to think about the bookmark, (7 seconds) wonder if there’s a new blog, (3 seconds) click on it, (if you’re Marty, this could take anywhere up to 42 seconds) sift through to figure it out, (12 seconds) and before you know it, you’ve spent (little mumbling counting noises) SIXTY-FOUR seconds of your precious time. In Nashville, people are writing full hit songs in sixty-four seconds!
The Real Reason to get Fed
I could tell you it’s all about convenience and time and efficiency. But the real reason is this: It’s cooler. That’s all. And you can actually say to someone (and you will WANT to say this) that you’ve “got their feed.” Telling someone you’ve bookmarked a site is SO five minutes ago. Having a bookmark or having a feed is the difference between going to the Y with your old clunky portable CD player strapped to your ass as you hit the stairmaster, or having a zippy little iPod Nano strapped with Velcro above your bicep. It’s just cooler. Admit it. You enjoy that feeling a little bit. (Well, at least, the Nano woman next to me yesterday seemed to be enjoying how cool she looked.)
Very Easy Instructions
STEP ONE: So, if you DO have Google as your homepage, then you could just click on the box that says “Add to Google.” (Go Marty! You can do it!) If you have My Yahoo, click on that box. If you have another browser (or reader), click on the orange thing that looks like a volume signal.
STEP TWO: If you are scared to do this, just keep repeating these words to yourself: “Fear is the mind-killer! Fear is the mind-killer!”
STEP THREE: The next page will prompt you to “Add to Google Homepage.” Click on that. If you haven’t already customized your Google homepage, it will take you to a New and Improved customized view of your Google homepage. (With my blog list right there looking pretty.) There will be other options too. You can check or uncheck the various things it offers you.
You may have to click on some “Save Changes” link, depending on how you are set up.
When You’re Done
The tricky thing about this is to get this homepage to be the one that opens up when you’re opening your internet browser. I have Firefox, so I just dragged the title of the page onto the “HOME” icon up top of the Firefox page. And that worked.
Maybe, just maybe, one or two non-Martys will read this page and let me know how this works for Safari or Explorer or whatever other browsers are out there.
This really isn’t hard to do.
In fact, I’ll bet it was harder to WRITE this than it will be to DO it.
And once you get my feed, you will be so excited, you’ll want to go around and get other people’s feeds too! And it will be exciting. I promise.
Let me know how it goes!!!!