RSS = Relatively Savage (Over)Simplification

My first words this morning: “Honey, RSS is a nightmare.”
DP: “Hmmmm?”
Me: “I don’t think the RSS people should be allowed to call it Really SIMPLE Syndication. There’s nothing simple about it.”
DP: “What?”

Exactly! People say a lot of stuff in the blogging world. The stuff these virtual people say is almost incomprehensible to me… even when they (the great and powerful blogging “they”) claim to be expressing themselves as clearly as is humanly possible. So simple are their instructions, they claim, that even a child could understand them. What child, I wonder. A child like Albert Einstein or Bill Gates, perhaps?

The blogging people use verbs such as “Monetize” and “Troubleshootize”. Are they being ironic? I’m not sure. There’s only a certain point to which I am prepared to take the language as naturally-evolving-organic-thing thing.

(I realize I am ranting.)

What I wanted was to write a nice little blog about travel and culture and food and teaching that other like-minded people (like Jenny) would read. I thought it would also be nice to:
1) provide a button for people to subscribe via e-mail (FeedBurner)
2) track statistics such as the number of people who have subscribed to my feed (again, FeedBurner)
3) start tracking my own list of “blogs of interest” via RSS. (Google Reader)

I am euphoric to report that I am already reading my very favourite blogs on Google Reader. Good tool for people who are not interested in physically going to all of their fave sites every time they want to check if there is a new post. Thanks, Google Reader! The instructions were clear and, apparently, easy enough for a (blogging-technology)child to follow.

Those that are “they” at FeedBurner, however, have some ‘splaining to do. I joined yesterday afternoon, registered my blog, and taught myself how to copy and paste the HTML message onto my web page so that people (the people, my people) could subscribe and be alerted via e-mail whenever I write a new post. Cool, right? I am also planning to use FeedBurner’s “Analyse” tools to understand who visits “Teacher Meets World”. Four subscribers showed up this morning (Hi Subscribers!) but, with a grand total of 0 visits, something was definitely rotten in Denmark. I wondered if I had chosen the wrong feed (RSS versus Atom) so I deleted the original feed and started again using the default “Atom” feed. Later in the day, DP walked me through the cutting and pasting of another HTML code that we believe will help me actually see my “Site Stats” but so far, the only statistics that I can see are my own. You’ll be happy to know that I, myself, visit my blog quite frequently.

I am going to keep on, keep on blogging because it makes me happy. This stuff with FeedBurner, however, sends my blood pressure into orbit, enlarging the hole in the ozone layer. If you are a person in the (RSS) know, please tell me what I am doing wrong. Perhaps I just need to be patient. Built it and the stats will come.

I promise that the next post will have nothing to do with blogging. Boring/crazy rant. Sorry!


  1. Sadly, I am of little help in this area. As much as I use computers for a variety of things, every time I turn around there's something new to learn how to do, and depressingly, an entire, impenetrable language that you have to become fluent in before you can even ask for help. Best of luck. Teach me what you learn.

  2. I don't know a whole lot about feedburner – but I I get the impression that is may be used to send your posts to people by email, so they may not actually be getting "views" per se. I may be totally wrong about that. I really don't know.For what it's worth, I'm a happy user of Bloglines, and it registered your site and delivered this post promptly and with no problems. Google reader is supposed to be good too. If I can be of any help, it would be a pleasure to do so!

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