How To Create Your Own Dance “Magazine” Using RSS

Do you have favorite dance, news, or arts sites but forget to visit them and miss out when new stuff is added?

Did you know that you can receive automatic updates to your favorite blogs or news sites and even read them all in one place without having your inbox clogged with additional e-mails?

It’s true! It’s like having your own personal magazine including only the topics and sections you’ve handpicked.  As long as the site has a feed (and many do these days), you’re good to go!

UPDATE: After many years of useful service, Google Reader is no more, so I’ve removed the tutorial from this post.

I value feed aggregation tools because I find they are a great way to keep tabs on the dance industry without overloading my inbox, but it’s not for everyone. I’ve switched to Feedly and I like it. Want to know more? Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

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Build your own kind of dance magazine. I am a dancer but also a mom and I have interests in a variety of subjects. With a reader, I can view the latest in these topics all in one place. I can check out news headlines, recipes, and articles from my favorite websites without having to visit them each individually. For sites with content I don’t want to miss, it is way more efficient than ordinary bookmarking.

Get Going!

Visiting the websites of your favorite dance companies and organizations, and subscribing to their blogs is a good way to start your “magazine.” Try the DA Blog Stars in the sidebar to the right or visit our Links page for more great dance resources.

Give it a try and don’t forget to add Dance Advantage to your subscriptions!!

Reading via E-mail

Feeds can also be read via e-mail.

Dance Advantage offers blog updates via the Subscriber Plus membership. Subscribing is free, offers more control over how often you receive blog updates (providing a weekly digest), and extends exclusive content and offers based upon your interest and involvement in dance education. You can read more about that here or simply subscribe.

Once again, thank you so much for reading! I love to read your comments on posts and hope that more of you will take advantage of this option. It is important to me to build an interactive site where people can not only read my thoughts, but respond and offer their own thoughts and ideas as well.  It will make us all more knowledgeable about this passion we share – dance!

Nichelle (admin)
Nichelle Suzanne began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
Nichelle (admin)
Nichelle (admin)
Nichelle (admin)

Comments

  1. Great article – I have also see a great youtube video giving very easy instructions with fun little line drawings on it.

    My own blog post where I include it:
    http://halyma.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/how-to-use-rss-to-make-life-easier/

    The direct link to the video:
    http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english

    And now I can add your article for those who like to read how to do it :-)

  2. This is Wonderful information, Nichelle! Creating one place to visit rather than a bunch of different web sites will save tons of time…which is exactly what I need. I, too, am a dance teacher plus mother to four children, so my time is in very short supply.
    Thank you for sharing!!
    Rebecca

    • Awesome! Glad to help. This post is one of our older ones, so if something’s not the same and you can’t figure it out, let me know! I’ll try to answer questions. :)

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