If you have seen “RSS” on my site, or wondered what the big orange button stood for, here is the explanation.

What is RSS?

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and it lets you easily see any updates on your favorite websites.

Why Use RSS?

It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from any websites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually, and you ensure your privacy, since you don’t need to join each site’s email newsletter.

(I wouldn’t spam you, but you never know who to trust these days.)

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed?

A Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use. I recommend using Google Reader or Bloglines, which allow you to manage all your feeds in an online control panel (just like your email inbox.)

Once you have a reader, all you have to do is go to your favorite site and click on the RSS link, which is usually an orange button like this:
rss icon

That will take you to an RSS page where you simply confirm that you want to add the feed to your reader.

To subscribe to InsidePunk right now, just click here.

What about email?

RSS and email go well together. If you want to get all of my updates via RSS to your inbox, look to the right for where is says “Or Via Email.” Just click that link, enter your email, and click subscribe, and you will get RSS updates in your inbox.