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Feb 10, 2011 Rick Bennett

For your Reading Pleasure

After we updated our website and blog, I wrote a post offering some tips on subscribing to and navigating the blog. If you're new to the whole blogosphere and find some of the terms are confusing, I recommend checking it out. Since then we've continued to experience a growing number of subscribers, to whom we're thankful for continuing to read and interact with David's hidden gems of Accordance as well as our various updates and promotions.

In this post I'd like to follow-up with some more tips on subscribing to the blog, and reading it on your iOS devices.

Based on our blog stats, most readers subscribe to the blog with Google Reader (or one of its related services). And for many of you that subscribe in this fashion, I'm sure you've noticed that our posts are truncated. This has been the number one reason why I subscribed to all feeds with Mail (because it mysteriously does not truncate the feed). But, I've recently found an awesome little app that has cured my Google Reader woes—Reeder for iPhone, iPad and soon for Mac (now in public beta). Reeder takes your Google Reader subscriptions and turns them into a whole new reading experience. You can even use it to subscribe to our User Forums.

The key feature of Reeder with regards to our blog (and others whose content is truncated), is 'readability.' With this feature you can instantly load the content of the entire post into the same window without launching a web browser.

The only drawback to Reeder is that you cannot (currently) manage your subscriptions. For that you'll still have to launch your browser and log in to your Google Reader account.

Here are a couple Reeder screenshots, and below is a short screen cast with some advanced tips on subscribing to new content that I hope will make reading our blog a more pleasurable experience.

Reeder for Mac Reeder for iPhone with readability feature Reeder for iPad

 


 

Apr 24, 2009 Rick Bennett

The Accordance Blog: tips on feeds, subscribing, and navigating

Over the last several months, since our transition to a new web hosting service, we have been tweaking and improving our blog. Because the blog is one of our primary ways of communicating with our users (both current and potential), we want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your experience and are able to get up-to-date information on your favorite Mac Bible software. In this post I'd like to go over a few tips that can help you in this area.

For those new to the 'blogosphere,' the terms thrown around can be a bit confusing…feeders, syndication, RSS, subscribe, etc. All of these revolve around how you read a blog. When a blogger writes a post, not only is the content published to the actual website, but it is also distributed in the form of a feed. By using different feed readers you can subscribe to a blog, and read all your favorite posts in one convenient place. There are many different readers out there, but based on our current subscribers most people are using the reader built into OSX through Safari or Mail, and Google.

RSS Logo

You can subscribe to our feed in a couple different ways. The best way is to click on the RSS logo at the top of the blog. This will direct you to FeedBurner and allow you to select the reader of your choice.

 

Another way is to click on the RSS logo located in the address bar of your browser (In Firefox it should be blue, and in Safari it will say RSS). Both Safari, and Firefox allow you to customize your default reader. In the preferences dialogue in Firefox, click on the Applications tab, then type in 'feed'. In the Action drop down menu it will allow you to select your reader of choice.

Firefox Prefs

In the Safari preferences, click on the RSS Tab. Safari gives you the option to use Mail, or the browser itself; either one will work great. (this screen grab is from the Safari 4 Beta)

Safari Prefs

The last way to subscribe to our feed is through email. Through the form in our sidebar, simply fill in your address, and FeedBurner will deliver each blog post to you.

For those interested in keeping track of each comment received on a particular post, or on every post, you can also subscribe to comments using the drop down menu located at the bottom of each post (whether or not you have even made a comment of your own).

If you like a particular post, or found it helpful as a tutorial for yourself or a friend, use the Share section to save the post to your online bookmarks in Google or Del.icio.us. Or, you can recommend a post to a friend or colleague on Facebook, or Twitter.

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As you can see we've worked hard in making the content of our blog readily available for everyone in a variety of formats. We hope that you will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest news and info about Accordance, sharpen your skills with our How-tos, and share our blog with your friends through bookmarks and social networking. Speaking of which, if you are a blogger, don't forget to add one of our banners to your site to help spread the word about your favorite Mac Bible Software!