• Good job at explaining what a RSS feed is from a technical view! Will certainly be useful to some people wanting to build a feed manually.

  • @Ben

    Yep, there are plenty CMS and such that export to feeds. But there is no decent software if you need to make feed the way you want.

    When I started to writing third feed generator for myself I actually thought that I could as well write RSS framework for myself. Working on it little by little.

  • Wow!

    This has to be the best “what is RSS” post I’ve ever read.

    You certainly are correct; most of the gurus who write a post on “what is RSS” are usually describing to you how to go and subscribe rather than what it actually is and can do for you.

    I thought about writing one of those posts and placing it in my subscription box, but it would be too similar to Problogger.

    Recently, I received a comment from a reader saying RSS sucks because the majority of people don’t know what it is, so they don’t use it — and it’s just us tech geeks that know about it.

    Based on that comment I thought about writing the post again, but backed out from it and figured the email option can make up for it.

    This was truly informative and the best post decribing RSS I’ve seen in the blogosphere!

    Thanks for sharing Rarst!

  • @Luis Gross

    My impression is that RSS is very dumbed down in blogosphere. Bloggers try to increase subscriber count because other bloggers say that subscriber count should be increased. It’s a loop.

    I suspect good chunk of bloggers are actually clueless about RSS but still try to promote their feed.

    RSS is splending technology. And what’s interesting – it’s times easier to understand than (X)HTML for example. It took me few books and plenty of practice to grasp (X)HTML/CSS but only one evening with specification to grasp RSS.

    Bloggers shouldn’t chase after subscribers to boost their counter, they should chase after subscribers to educate and provide value of RSS for their readers.

  • Rarst great post!!!. Nice explanation of what RSS feed is..


  • @Nihar

    Now you know what link to send if someone asks you what RSS is. ;)

  • Hey, great post!

    Really useful, in fact I may create something similar to the kind of feed you have in your sidebar for software updates…

  • @Josh

    Glad you find it useful. :) You can alway contact me if you need help setting that up.

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