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September 10, 2006



People need to read themselves some blogs. Too bad if they can't figure out how to type in http://abuaardvark.typepad.com


It's very easy to set up a Google group or Yahoo group that acts as a list serve. Or you could teach them how to use RSS feeds...


A second to boz's notion of using RSS feeds. For users of Mozilla Firefox there is a superb extension called RSS Ticker that sets up a line at either the top of bottom and through which slowly scrolls the headlines of new RSS catches. Left-click on one and its associated webpage pops up in the same or a new tab, depending on your setting. Alternately you can right-click to pop up a selection of various choices of what to do with an item. I've been using it for about two months and couldn't be happier with it.


Suggest this to your colleagues who are not regular blog readers: Create a personal page at bloglines.com (it takes seconds) or some other such place (I think an earlier comment suggested Google and Yahoo have this as well) and use it to subscribe to your favorite blog (also takes seconds--all you need is their addreess--and is free). Once a week (or whenever you remember it and and have time) you can look over the "headlines" and selectively read those that capture your interest.

Great meeting you at APSA, Abu Aardvark!

Nur al-Cubicle

Let them use RSS.


hook up RSS via Feedburner -- it has the option to subscribe by e-mail... subscribers would receive a nightly e-mail digest of that day's posts.


Something in e-mail format would be fantastic, especially as there are often posts I would like to share with other people. I think it would be a great way to offer a 'teaser' to get people to come read the full posts and see what else is on offer.

I am not an expert in such things, but I think that something through yahoo groups or google lists would be fairly easy to set up, if you're willing to write headlines and four-line or so digests of your posts. Good luck and keep us informed of the outcome!



While I make it regular practice to read the blog, I would love to get a stream of your left-side article links via e-mail. This is one of the most interesting features of the site (while I read Arabic, I don't spead much time wading through Arabic-language media, and your links are a reminder).



Keep in mind that if you have a Yahoo group that could change the dynamic a lot - if I'm on a mailing list I expect to be able to post to it, and I don't think that's what you have in mind.

You could have a yahoo list for readers to discuss Middle East issues generally, and you post to it whenever you (or for that matter someone else) have a new blog entry for us to read, in addition to having the blog. But if it's just about updates, then I'm sure the RSS feed will be enough for most people. (I come here via a well-worn bookmark.)

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