Quite a few readers of this blog have signed up to be notified by email whenever I post a new item. But I suspect that there are those who find it a bit intrusive to receive an email from me once, twice, or three times a week. If that applies to you—and I know I’d find it a bit of a nuisance—I urge you to consider using a newsreader.
A newsreader is a service that allows you to subscribe to website RSS feeds, which are simple XML documents that package content for easy distribution. (You’ve probably seen the little orange RSS icon.) A newsreader allows you to quickly see whether the websites you’ve subscribed to have updated their content. And you can also read that content without having to go to the websites. So no more hopping around the Web checking for updates. And someone using a newsreader would probably be happy to do without my email updates.
Although many people associate RSS feeds with blogs, countless mainstream media websites offer RSS feeds.
If you’re new to newsreaders, I suggest that you try either Bloglines or Google Reader. I use Bloglines, but I suspect that if I were starting out now I’d use Google Reader, and I may yet switch. Both services are free and very easy to use.
If you want to know more about RSS feeds generally, Law Practice Today recently published a very helpful overview by Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy.
So if you’re not currently using a newsreader, I recommend that you give one a try. I predict that you’ll find it invaluable, and I won’t be surprised when you send me an email asking me to pull the plug on the email updates.