RSS feeds for blogs
I wanted to highlight something I learned about Group Blogs yesterday: there's the ability to get an RSS feed of blogs! For those unfamiliar with RSS, here's Wikipedia's blurb:
RSS (Rich Site Summary); originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication, uses a family of standard web feedformats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author's name.
Basically, it's a way to grab content from a website without having to visit said website. For the TeamQUBES group, you can get the feed by clicking on the area pictured below:
The actual URL for the feed is given by https://qubeshub.org/groups/teamqubes/blog/feed.rss, which is just the URL for the blog itself with "/feed.rss" added at the end. This link is what you put into RSS reader applications.
For me, while I do enjoy using RSS reader applications (for example, to aggregate news articles and new journal articles from various websites), I wanted these particular blog posts to go to my email client. In our case with TeamQUBES, I don't want to have to open yet another application to figure out if someone has posted a blog. What I found works on any operating system to accomplish this (there might be a more direct way with your particular operating system). All you have to do is following Steps 1-7 in the following link: http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/mac-osx/reading-rss-feeds-in-mountain-lions-mail. The first 7 steps are operating system independent and make use of the cool service IFTTT (IF This Then That). Here's a picture of my resulting "Recipe" in IFTTT:
Have fun, and come join me in the Blog section if you'd like to blog along!