I wrote a post on my Family Travel blog about RSS feeds recently; maybe it`ll help sort it out for you. My RSS feeds are indispensable to keeping my blog fresh.
My advice after only a few months blogging is that it is all-consuming. I get itchy if I haven`t posted something daily. The topics for travel literally span the globe, and even when I try to neck down to those related to just family travel or travel with kids, it`s still a lot.
Took me awhile to get a grip on search engines and basic HTML as well. There`s a great site called ProBlogger that has been immensely helpful.
Then again, I`m living what I love.
The key thing is writing good content that interests and engages people; all else falls behind that.
Best wishes, Sheila
I use Blogger.com works great.
If you want your own blog you get get a webhost and use wordpress (free software).
Another one that works great is
I`d start with writing up because it`s a thriving community. You`ll learn alot there!
There`s no shame in asking what blogging is. To a certain degree, blogging has been overblown to be more than it is - people sharing things they write with other people as things occur around them in their lives and in their world. I`ve seen blogs that give better persepectives and information than some newspapers or magazines and I`ve seen others that read like the diary of an 8 year old with the grammar skill concommitant.
What`s interesting is that blogging has been around in one form or another since the Internet first hit the general public. The 16-28 demographic, an early adopter of technology, was no exception in this area. But as time went on, it got even easier than typing something and hitting a button. With things like trackback and RSS to share content and the media attention to the "blogosphere revolution", it just hit the big time. Just be careful about what the media says about blogging. It is after all - starting to become their competition.
I have a link to my Family Travel blog on my (more static) author Web site, and a link back to the author site (my Bio page) on the blog.
When I make comments on other blogs or Web sites, my signature has the author site URL below my name if it`s a general or writing topic, or the blog URL if it`s about travel.
The blog is hosted by BootsnAll and has a built-in RSS feed button at the top. I`m not sure how many have clicked it to sign up for me, though.