There were a number of reasons why I went through the effort of redesigning the site. One of my main goals was to redo the site as a blog, with the idea that you parents (and anyone else interested) could subscribe to the site and therefore find out about new posts without my needing to email everyone to check the website any time something was updated.
But how do you subscribe?
There are two main ways I have set up for you to subscribe: via RSS and email. Let’s deal with the second option first.
To subscribe via email is rather simple. Just look in the right-hand side of any page. There are two options there, the first of which is a box which says “Subscribe via email” with a subscribe button. Just click, and then follow the directions, and you will be subscribed, receiving email every night the site is updated.
The other option is to subscribe via RSS. For those who don’t know, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way for websites to offer updates to subscribers, letting them know when there are new articles or updates. To make this work, you must have something to act as an RSS reader or aggregator. Options for this include Google Reader, a great choice if you use Google Toolbar in your browser. If you are a Yahoo or Windows Live user and regularly use their home pages as your starting point when you start your browser they also can place your news (RSS) feed on your start page. The mechanism for achieving this is, again, quite simple. You just need to click on the RSS icon () on the right-hand side of the site, in the “Subscribe” section, under the email option. Once you have done so, you will be taken to a page where you will be able to select how you would like to receive your news feed (ie Google, Yahoo, etc.)
For those wondering which to choose (email or RSS), I would say that the email subscription is easier, but only updates once a day. The RSS feed is a little more complicated in that you have to set up a way to read RSS feeds (if you haven’t already), but your updates will be much closer to real time.