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Please Add RSS Support To Your Site

I recently discovered Jan-Lukas Else’s blog, which contains a tonne of great posts – I’d strongly recommend checking out his blog if you’re a techie.

While I was perusing Jan’s blog, I came across his blogroll, which includes links to other blogs he finds interesting. Again, that list is well worth checking out as it has some good blogs in there.

Side note – I was thrilled to see this blog listed on his list, thanks Jan! 🙂

I went through the list, hoping to find some new feeds to add to my RSS reader. But I was surprised to learn that many of the blogs that Jan had linked to didn’t support RSS.

Y U No RSS?

I was able to find some of these people on Mastodon, so I will be able to consume their new content. However, some people had no obvious way to subscribe, so I will be unlikely to see their new posts in future.

There aren’t many tech people that I know who don’t use RSS feeds to consume news and articles, so by not supporting RSS you could be losing readers. I know for most people (myself included) writing content isn’t about amassing a huge readership, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take steps to ensure our content is easy to consume.

If you own a blog, please make sure it supports RSS.

Oh, that reminds me, if you want to add the feed for this site to your RSS reader, it’s https://kevq.uk/feed.

Can you think of a good reason NOT to use RSS on a website? What am I missing here?

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  1. One reason not to use an RSS feed is that it requires more bandwidth, sometimes a lot of bandwidth. Some people set their RSS feed readers to look for new content every three minutes, and their readers don’t allow caching or compression. That means if your RSS feed is 10KB uncompressed, one person reading it every three minutes can use 4.8MB every day. That’s just ONE person! That feels especially onerous if you are only publishing once a week or once a month. Nevertheless, I agree that you should have an RSS feed. You just need to come up with some way of handling people who are hogging bandwidth.

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