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Do you use a RSS Reader?  My favorite is Google’s.  You can also subscribe to them in your inbox - but I can't see that being very efficient or less time consuming.  But each person has his or her own methods - it is an option.  I use mine in Google to read all the blogs I subscribe to.  And I can read them on my iPhone, iPad or desktop computer at my convenience without losing my place and without having to go to a bunch of websites or have an inbox full of emails.  At one time I subscribed to hundreds of blogs/feeds, but recently I have been trying to narrow my focus.  I have unsubscribed to emails, un-liked Pages on Facebook and un-followed Twitter followers who aren’t active.  It’s all about information flow now.  We all are overwhelmed today and it’s become more about getting the information you need and want, and minimizing the sales talk (at least for me).  RSS helps you do that in a very efficient way.

If you use an RSS Reader then you don’t have to go to the website and many times you don’t have to subscribe to their emails either.  Many people post and email the exact same information.  I don’t like that policy, but it seems to be quite common.  Just getting rid of the duplications can be refreshing.  But my question is:  What is the future of websites when we can get the information we need in RSS and don't bother with the website?  Does it influence the way you design your blog posts?  Do you still spend time on your website design?  Or are you putting more energy into how your posts look on RSS?  I know I changed a lot of my design when I started seeing what it looked like on my Feed.  There are definite differences.  I encourage you to install Google Reader if you haven’t already and check it out.  Whenever you see the RSS logo (orange logo above - or mine, which has a white background and is located on the right side of my website) you can subscribe to that feed.  Google also has a handy widget you can place in your Bookmark bar – which is what I do.  When I am on a page I like I click on Subscribe and it will confirm I want to add that page to my Feed. 

Once subscribed, I get all of the posts as they are posted (there is a small delay) and I can read them whenever I like.  I also have mine hooked up to Evernote and when I star any post they automatically appear in my Evernote notes.  It is very convenient.  If you are interested, I can post notes on how to do that too.  Evernote is a wonderful tool to take notes and create to-do lists.  I use it while I am reading books all the time.  That’s how I do my posts – I cut and paste my notes into a new document and re-arrange them.  I take a lot of notes.  Evernote is wonderful – I can type on my Desktop computer (iMac), my iPad, or my iPhone and they are synched almost instantly.  Very nice.  I love technology!

For those that don't use RSS you can still use it to communicate with them.  My email list is simply my RSS feed sent to my subscribers.  It is all automated through Mail Chimp and all I have to do is make sure I write something new every week!  Not bad - huh?

If you have any questions about any of this let me know.  I would be glad to walk you through it.

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