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…Today is RSS Awareness Day?

RSS Awareness Day

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts”.

The main reason people use RSS is that it allows them to subscribe to sites that they like, and then view that site’s content without actually viewing the site itself. This can be a huge time saver when you’re following a large number of different sites, and allows you to automatically receive new content when it’s available.

For an impressively clear explanation, check out the following video:

To get started with RSS, you’ll need an RSS reader. Many people either use Google’s free online reader, Google Reader, or any of the NewsGator products.

Next, you’ll need to find RSS feeds to subscribe to. Most of your favorite sites probably already have them, so just keep an eye out for the RSS symbol:

RSS Icons

If you’re using Firefox, check the address bar, as Firefox automatically looks for an RSS feed and places the RSS logo in the address bar if it finds one.

Once you click on that symbol, you’ll typically be taken to a site that allows you to select your subscription options. It shouldn’t take more than a few clicks, and then you should be all configured and ready to go.

(If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the DYH RSS Feed for all of the latest and greatest DYH content.)

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…This is DidntYouHear’s 1000th post?


I’ve reached an epic milestone in my journey to make DidntYouHear everything I want it to be today with the writing of this, my 1,000th post. I can’t believe it. I’ve done the impossible. One thousand little tidbits of information that I hope you found enjoyable, enlighting, or at least entertaining. Though DYH is still small, it’s growing by the day, and I only have the readers to thank. In just five months, DYH has gone from 0 readers to an average of 400 readers per day, Technorati ranks DYH as the 54,399th most linked to blog with 91 links from 63 other blogs, 60 people subscribe to the RSS feed, and Alexa says DYH is the 509,158th most visited site on the Internet. Though by blogosphere standards, these numbers aren’t exactly staggering, keep in mind that DYH has only been around for five months, and is still a relative baby in the eyes of the Internet.

Enough stats though, I’d like to use this post to thank the readers. Without you, DYH would be nothing. I hope that I’ve given back to you in some way, and that you’ve found information and opinions here that you would never have found anywhere else. In the future, I will continue to grow and improve DYH. Look for a design update as soon as I can get a grip on my WordPress coding skills, and more and better games, contests, and prizes as part of TGI Friday. Also, I’m looking to bring you more exclusive content that you won’t find anywhere else, so be on the lookout. It’s been a great journey so far, but it’s only just begun, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.


Cory O’Brien