Getting Updates

I hope you enjoy what you’ve read so far — and that you are interested in knowing when I post new updates! 😉

There are 2 ways to do this:

1) The Easy Way: the “Psychology of Swedenborg Updater”.

Pros:

Cons:

2) RSS-it.

RSS is way of getting immediate updates on any webpage or blog you are interested in that has an “rss” link. You simply plug in the rss address (like a web link) and you will get immediate notification of changes to the webpage/blog. You can choose whether to see headlines only or summaries of the articles and then you can click over whenever you want to check it out.

To use rss, you need some kind of news reader — Google Reader or My Yahoo are the simplest to use if you are new to rss, but there are several free news readers out there.

Pros:

Cons:

Just in case I’ve convinced you, here are instructions for using Google Reader and My Yahoo to create rss links:

Google Reader

  1. Go watch a short video explaining how to use Google Reader.
  2. Go to http://www.reader.google.com and follow the directions!

My Yahoo

  1. First things first. On my blog, look in the right hand margin for a box called “Meta”. Under this section, there are two links called Entries RSS and Comments RSS. You are going to right-click on these and save the link info (if you use Internet Explorer, do this by using “copy shortcut“; with Firefox, use “Copy Link Location“). You will have to do one at a time – choose Entries RSS to get updates about my postings; use Comments RSS if you want immediate notice of all comments as well. You do not have to use both.
  2. So choose Entries RSS to start with, right-click on it, and “copy shortcut“.
  3. Go to http://my.yahoo.com/
  4. Follow the instructions to set up a home page for yourself, if you don’t already have one; log in if you do.
  5. Find the link on your MyYahoo home page that says “Add Content” and click on it.
  6. In the Find box, on the right side, there is a small link that says “Add RSS by URL“. Click on that link.
  7. You should see a box where you can add an RSS link address.
  8. Paste the RSS link you copied from my blog into the box labeled “URL” and click the “Add” button.
  9. Next, Yahoo will take you to a page to verify that this is the site you want to add – if it looks right, click “Add“.
  10. If you want to see new comments as well, repeat this process using the shortcut for Comments RSS from my blog.

That’s it — you’re done! When you go to your My Yahoo homepage, you’ll be able to see every time there is new content added to this blog.

Congratulations on entering the brave new world of RSS linking! 😉

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