So, you like what you see, but the internet is simply too large and you have too little time to keep coming back to see what’s new (if anything)?
There are better ways to follow blog postings than to have to keep re-visiting the blog’s website address:
- RSS (Really Simple Syndication) - funnily, this seems to scare/confuse a lot of people, but it’s actually really simple. RSS really is the best way for you to keep informed of new blog posts – every time there is a new post, your RSS feed will ping in the same way that an email account does when you receive an email. You can easily build RSS feeds into Mail (on the Mac) and Internet Explorer (on Windows). Then, all you need to do is click the RSS button at the top of the screen, follow the instructions, and wait for the next blog post. One word of caution – just like when you add favourites when browsing with internet explorer, safari, etc., you need to be cautious of not having too many separate RSS feeds to follow (otherwise you’ll simply not manage to keep up with everything).
- Twitter - follow me on Twitter and you will always know when I upload a new post. At the moment I’m not announcing new blog posts on facebook, but maybe I will do this eventually also. Twitter is a very effective way to announce new blog posts, since it has the potential to be ‘retweeted’, possibly resulting in a cascade of traffic coming to your blog (whereas RSS only reaches those who know of the blog already and have registered for the RSS feed).
- Email – click on the link below, on the left (“Subscribe to Matt Benson’s Musings by email”) to submit an email address which will then ensure that you receive an email every time a new blog post is uploaded (with a link to the blog post). I’ve set this up using FeedBurner (a business that Google acquired recently). Click here, for a very clear instruction how to set up Feedburner in a WordPress blog.
Failing all that, just drop by once in a while, but don’t be surprised if things have changed or moved on a bit since your last visit:
How do you keep informed of new blog posts?