RSS feeds suck

I recently moved WordPress around on my servers over at Shyzer Industries. Before, everything was www.shyzer.com/wp/blahblahblah whereas now it’s simply www.shyzer.com/blahblahblah. I have no idea why I put WordPress in it’s own little folder, but it was ugly, it made it harder to get search engine traffic, and…well, it was ugly.

But now, oh now, my RSS subscription won’t work!

I never really understood the idea behind RSS feeds. To me, it’s like saying, “I’m too lazy to go to your site once a day to see if you wrote anything new, so I’ll just let a computer program tell me the first sentence of your new posts and I’ll base my decision to visit your site solely on that.” It’s like walking up to your friend, saying the first sentence of a conversation, and then stopping to see if he gives you permission to keep talking. That said, I’ve still spent a good two hours trying to fix it today for whatever few RSS readers I do have. You people better be worth it!

Anyways, if you had any favorite posts of yours or links to Shyzer with the /wp/ in it, just delete that and it should work fine. I’m trying to set up a redirect so that if anybody types in an old address, it takes them to the new one, but so far no luck.

EDIT: Ha. I’m good, that’s for sure. Not only did I set up a proper redirect (so no matter what link you use, old or new, you end up at the new location), but I got the RSS feature working. I think this calls for a victory beverage.

2 replies on “RSS feeds suck”

  1. I subscribe to over 600 feeds. Do you know how long it would take for me to update myself if I were to use a browser? And that’s just if I would want to be updated once a day.

    As for only having the first sentence of your post in your feed, a lot of blogging platforms allow one to include the full entry in a feed if it is desired. Many bloggers opt to do that these days.

  2. 600 feeds? If each feed were to be updated daily, would you read them all? I’m on the computer a goof 7 hours a day and even I don’t come anywhere close to having 600 different sites I’m interested in on a daily basis.

    Anybody can take the extreme end of the spectrum to prove a point. However, you’d be hard pressed to find many other users who have 600 legitimate sites they are interested in reading every time an update occurs.

    There’s a reason RSS feeds have yet to catch on with mainstream Internet users. Most people don’t have hundreds of sites they need to be updated on and can easily check their few favorites without having to rely on a silly feed.

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