Let’s start with the fact that I’m STILL mourning the death of iGoogle. Yes, it’s been forever and yes, I still miss it. But I wanted to go back to RSS feeds and see if there was anything new and interesting to discover or use but alas, I still see the same names and nothing quite new enough for me to change my ways. Then I went out and found a few articles that bolster my viewpoint on RSS versus email subscriptions because I LOVE to follow content via email rather than an RSS feed where I have to use a secondary site.
Since I sit down every morning and every evening to check email, that’s where I want to find my content and I always get annoyed when a blog or site doesn’t allow me to subscribe via email. Seriously folks and here are two articles that help shape the things I want as an end-user of content: This article shares the basic differences between RSS and an email subscription. So, yes, I’m the girl answering yes, I want an email, not an RSS feed but he does share the pros and cons. I get it. But this one was fascinating because it demonstrates why anyone with a site should be maintaining an email subscription: this one shows that people do prefer the email subscription and get more people engaged. And this bolsters the conversation my librarian colleague and I are having– Smore as a tool to share information in a newsletter is starting to get stingy on their “free-meium” content and we were trying to find another route. One thing I shared was using Mailchimp that I experimented with at the last Tech Retreat I attended and have people follow. We already have a good following on our social media platforms so let’s share widely using that service. People can choose to see our excellent content and we won’t let them down.
But I’ll also say that I was scared of RSS because I didn’t remember how to “do it” when I wanted, so I did actually put some effort into realizing that my no-brainer, hands-off approach that is discussed in the first article I shared is the way I prefer it. To finish up this “thing”, I decided to put together an RSS widget for this blog liked in the drop down at the top right-hand corner here, but it was hard to think of the content I would truly want to follow (because I already follow it via email and that’s where I like it!)
So thanks RSS, but no thanks. And to anyone who doesn’t share their content with an email subscription, you’ll have one less person reading it because I always want to have that option!