Overlooked RSS Opportunities

OK, everyone – in case you didn’t realize it, you can use RSS feeds for a whole lot more than announcing articles and Weblog items.

I mention this because I’m forever spotting sites and organizations that should offer some kind of RSS feed – but don’t.

This is so easy to do, and so useful for your online audience, and it makes you look so cutting-edge, why not go for it?

Here are some of the most overlooked, yet potentially useful, options for RSS feeds…
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The Challenge of RSS Evangelism

I love being an RSS evangelist. I tell everyone I know why RSS feeds are so cool. They think I’m a geek. I don’t care, they’ll thank me for it later.

(Read my RSS feed backgrounder.)

But I’ll admit it… I get so frustrated trying to explain to people why I think RSS feeds are so cool and important – because most people don’t know what the heck they are. It’s kind of like explaining the Web in 1992, I guess. Unless you’re into weblogs, chances are you probably haven’t heard of RSS.

I’m forever trying to bridge this knowledge gap, but that’s hard when RSS feeds are still so clunky to learn to use compared to the Web and e-mail.
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The ear catches what the eye misses

One of the not-so-fun parts about writing is agonizing over difficult sentences, paragraphs, passages, or transitions. You type and type, retype and retype, stare at the screen, delete, cut-and-paste – but your words still feel klunky or unclear.

Here’s one way to get past this obstacle and quickly break through to the best way to say what you want to say: Read your work aloud to yourself.
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