January 7, 2007

Syndication Joys and Woes

I have made it easier (I think) to subscribe to Lionel Deimel’s Web Log. I am still new to the notion of syndication, however, and my perception of what is adequate may or may not be on the mark. You can subscribe using Atom, but not RSS. If anyone thinks this is a problem, let me know.

Blogger generates the files for syndication feeds automatically. This is the good news. The bad news is that editing an older post makes it show up in the feed as if it were new. There is a certain logic to this, though it gets in the way right now, as I make minor changes to the format of my blog pages or correct typographical errors. Let me apologize in advance to anyone who may be duped into thinking that an old post is actually a new one.

For a long time, I thought that syndication was not especially appropriate for my blog. Because I neither post frequently nor post on a single topic, I don’t have loyal readers checking my blog every day. If there are people out there who tend to like what I write whenever I get around it it, however, subscribing to Lionel Deimel’s Web Log may be a great idea, since, if they check the status of many blogs at once, with little effort, they can check my blog at the same time.

My main Web site, Lionel Deimel’s Farrago is not maintained using software that automatically generates syndication files. When I add something interesting to my Web site, however, I can now publicize it to syndication subscribers by posting to my blog. I won’t promise always to do this, but it is an idea I plan to try. We’ll see how it works.

If you have any thoughts on syndication, please write to me.

Thanks for reading.

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