Most of you have probably heard the term, RSS feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, although when you first hear it, it sounds like it is anything but simple. Truth be told, it’s not too tough to get feeds from your favorite blogs. Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore a few options for those of you who are interested in getting feeds from this and other blogs. Later, these posts will be saved in a static page that will stay on the site, similar to the About page that you see linked in the sidebar. To begin, I thought we’d start with a look at how you can get feeds through a customized Google search page.
First, if you have an account with Google, you need to log in to it. If you don’t have a Google account, it’s a free and totally painless signup. Just go to http://www.google.com/ and click on Sign in to Google. You’ll see a sign-up box and below it a link to start a Google account. All they ask for is your email address, a password, your location (country only), accept terms, and then just reply to an email they’ll send to confirm your email address. It’s as easy as that! No signing in blood, no clicking your heels, no giving up your first-born child.
So now you have your account and you’re signed in. You’ll see your email address in the upper right hand corner of the Google page. Next to it you’ll see a link for Personalized hompage. Click on that and then on Personalize your Google homepage.
A sidebar wll open and at the very bottom it says, Create a section. In the box provided, enter:
A box will appear and now when you are on this customized Google page, you will see the headlines of the latest posts on this blog. By clicking on the Edit button in that box, you can also adjust the number of headlines that appear.
There are some other cool things you can put on your custom Google page, such as weather forecasts, news headlines, a quote of the day and word of the day.
We’ll add more on feeds in a later post. In the meantime, have a great day!