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Using News Fire, a wonderful little program for the Macintosh that etrevino pointed me towards, I have discovered that this blog apparently has an RSS feed available at http://mabfan.livejournal.com/data/rss. I have no idea how to tell you how to add it to your own site, but I am delighted to offer this service to my visitors. (There is also apparently a feed available at http://mabfan.livejournal.com/data/atom.)

If anyone can point me towards information explaining how to work with RSS feeds, I will be very grateful. So far, all I know is that LiveJournal syndicates them, which is how I have people like bob_greenberger on my Friends page.


Basically, people use an RSS aggregator to gather all the feeds that they want to read into one place. Like you say, people on LJ can just use LJ as an aggregator (of course, then they would have no need to link to the RSS feed, since they can just add you as a friend). So for a non-LJ person, they could just point their aggregator at that URL.
So that explains how come I found my LJ content listed on someone else's webpage as an Aggregator. I suppose at some point I should consider adding a copyright notice...
I'm sure someone can speak to this better than I can, but the copyright issues with RSS feeds are a bit tricky. By supplying an RSS feed, you are implicitly giving people rights to use it in certain ways. Of course, LiveJournal forces you to have an RSS feed (as far as I know, there's no way to disable this feature). So, while a copyright notice isn't a bad idea, it might be difficult to enforce under certain circumstances.

At least that's the way I understand it.
The only point of a copyright notice would be to make sure no one else makes money off the posts. Something like, "Copyright Michael A. Burstein. All rights reserved. You may download all this content for free via an RSS feed to any webpage you wish, so long as you do not charge others for the content. You may not publish the content in a fixed hardcopy medium."

In case I ever want to publish all these entries as a book. I figure I could sell at least two copies.
Both RSS 2.0 and Atom have an optional slot for putting in copyright information, although your LJ's feeds don't use those slots.
RSS (and Atom, which is like RSS and I will not go into the whole discussion of different syndication formats right now) is basically a way to format the content part of a blog or LJ or other web site so that it can be put into a newsreader, stuffed into a sidebar on another site, or the like without having to figure out where the actual content is in the original version of the web page.

Things that read RSS are usually called newsreaders if they run as an application on your computer, or aggregators if they run on a web server somewhere.

LJ lets you create syndications accounts like bob_greenberger or dirac_angestun, which are basically LiveJournal's servers doing the RSS fetching and parsing and then making it look sort of like a LiveJournal account.

I tried NewsFire, but eventually went with NetNewsWire. There's a free Lite version or the pay version with more features. (I paid.)
So does this mean that so long as I give the web addresses I gave above, someone can feed it into their newsreader and get the content?

What if I want to redesign my LJ front page, to look more like a real blog? Can I include RSS feeds there too?
Yes, as long as someone has the URL of the feed, they can add it to their reader.

If you add links to your RSS/Atom feeds so that people can find them easily to your LJ front page, that would work nicely.

I don't read LJ on LJ any more...

[well, sometimes I do]...

I use an aggregator called Awasu and a technology called OPML that lets you define a "group" of RSS feeds and import them in Awasu]. Awasu can even use digest authentication or browser cookies to download protected entries.

This way I don't have to worry about missing posts--as long as I log in every so often I can get all the posts downloaded.

Now my problem is that I am NEVER actually caught up. I have, generally, about 175 blogs that have at least one entry I haven't read yet.

I also have some other RSS feeds like /., MSDN, etc., in my Awasu.

Re: I don't read LJ on LJ any more...

175 blogs? That's a lot, but I can see that happening to me. The problem is that we're becoming overwhelmed with information, since the delivery system has become so frictionless. I don't think I'll ever be "caught up" in all that I want to be.
I use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com) to read atom feeds (for site's like Niel Gaiman's blog, Farah Mendleson's, Toby Buckwell, etc.) and my G-blog RSS reader for non-Atom feeds. My g-blog is syndicated via RSS and you can see on LJ via gblog_zhaneel.

All the above is correct:
RSS (sometimes provided by the blogging service, like LJ or G-blog, and sometimes needing to be implemented on personal sites) allows normal pages to be syndicated by various services. It allows you to know where there are new updates without visiting the main page.

I'm adding all these blogs to my News Fire program as well, so I can read everyone twice!
A true info glutton. ;-)

My Bloglines subscription list is here.
I took a look at your verbose feed list. Gack! How do you read them all?

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