Friends and family have frequently (all too frequently, sadly) carped about the fact that I'm not posting as regularly as I used to, and after years of daily posts it's a drag to check the site day after day and see nothing new. Wouldn't it be nice if new stuff I wrote just showed up in your email inbox?
Well, such hypermodern technology exists. It's been around for longer than this blog, in fact. It's called RSS, which stands for "Really Simple Syndication." It must not be that simple, because the majority of people I know (including me) don't use it. But, for what it's worth, here's how you can get Abandon Text delivered to your Outlook 2007 inbox:
On the right sidebar of the Abandon Text website, click on the link that says "RSS 2.0 feed" under "Syndicate this blog."
If you're using Internet Explorer, you should see the last fifteen or so posts gathered together on a single page. (I have no idea what you see with Firefox. No, I'm not interested in finding out. Yes, I'm sure it's a very nice browser. Now stop talking about it.)
Select the full text of that URL, and push Control-C (the Control key on your keyboard, and the C key at the same time) to Copy the text to your clipboard.
Now, open up Outlook. Look in the Mail Folders tree and find the folder named "RSS Feeds".
Right-click on the RSS Feeds folder and select "Add a new RSS feed."
In the "New RSS Feed" dialog that comes up, click in the text box and push Control-V (the Control key on your keyboard, and the V key at the same time) to Paste the URL into the dialog:
Click the Add button. You'll get another extra-paranoid dialog like this:
Assuming you know and trust me, click the Advanced… button
You'll see the RSS Feed Options dialog:
Click on the Change Folder button, under Delivery Location.
Select your Inbox from the list of folders.
(Sure, you could let it go to its own RSS folder, but you wanted it shoved in your face helpfully presented when I post something, right?)
Click Ok, then click Yes.
Et voila! You now have Abandon Text showing up in your Inbox. Someday, I'll figure out how to have comments automatically post when you hit Reply. Don't rush me – it only took me three years to get this far with syndication.
Last step: now that you've gone to all this trouble to set up the subscription, keep nagging me to write. It really, really helps. Friendly, persistent nagging is a part of my creative process.