Concerned about the transition to blog format?
Many questions and concerns have arisen since announcing we are transitioning to a blog formatted newsletter. Rest assured we will give some guidance along the way. First things first, we intend to keep the email list informed of new blog postings throughout the next several months. So in other words if you have traditionally received the email newsletter, you will continue to get email notifications that “new” items are available on the blog. However, we would like to encourage you to sign up for the RSS feed.
So what is an RSS feed?
RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, many online resources (e.g. websites, blogs) have them. Here is the standard symbol/link for an RSS feed (typically much smaller size than this one):
After you sign up for a RSS you will be notified when new content is available on the corresponding website, blog, etc. Usually this is in the form of an email notification. The email notification will usually contain a link that will take you to the new posting. Secrops.blogspot.com has a RSS that looks like this:
The above box is how and where you subscribe to Southeast Minnesota Crops Connection blog newsletter RSS. Notice you get two subscription options, the top one “posts” is the one you want. This will notify you when a new post is available to read. You will find this RSS subscription box in the right-hand column near the bottom of the page (secrops.blogspot.com). As we transition to the blog formatted newsletter, you may consider signing up for our blog’s RSS feed. Remember, we will continue to notify you of new postings via an email for several months. This may create a “double” notification for those of you that sign up for the RSS, but please bear with us during the transition.
Another popular option for RSS subscriptions is to use and RSS reader program or application. An RSS reader is a program or application that manages your RSS subscriptions. You can think of a RSS reader as a kind of web browser, where you go to see all of your RSS feeds in one place. Here are two links that critique a few different RSS readers (note these are NOT UNIVERITY links):
You may have to experiment with several different RSS readers until you find one that works for you. Choosing the best RSS reader will depend on: user preference (e.g. catsup or ketchup), operation system (e.g. PC or iOS), and device used to read postings(e.g. Desktop computer, tablet, or phone). Good luck choosing one, we would be interested in hearing what worked for you!