A couple of readers have asked to explain what it means to “subscribe” to Coffee Cup Conversation.

All updates are free.

For older folks like me the word “subscribe” gives the impression that I have to pay for something in order to get it. (Like a magazine subscription.) Well, not here. Updates to my blog won’t cost you a penny. They’re free. So, don’t let the word “subscribe” throw you.

There are two ways to get these free updates.

1. Get posts via a RSS feed

RSS is short for “Really Simple Syndication.” You can subscribe to blog posts using a feed reader sometimes called an aggregator. You can search the net to find a variety of free feed readers like Google Reader, Bloglines and NetVibes.

Google Reader

Right now I personally use Google Reader because I can sign in using my free gmail account and have access to iGoogle, Google Docs, etc.

I like using a feed reader because the blogs I subscribe to come to me.  All my feeds are in one place and I don’t have to visit each site separately. It’s sort of like creating my own newspaper and choosing the sections I want to include. My RSS reader regularly checks my feeds for new entries keeping me in touch when new information is added. Whenever I open Google Reader – there they are. I can easily choose which posts I want to read, make comments, star as favorites, etc.

Once you choose and install your feed reader of choice, all you have to do is click on the orange RSS icon you see over to the right and at the top of the page . Then, just  follow the instructional steps.

If you use newer versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer all you have to do to subscribe to the feed is to click on that little orange feed icon at the top of the page in the address bar.

2. Get udates by email

If you don’t want to set up a feed reader and use RSS you can get my free blog updates sent to your email address. When you subscribe to Coffee Cup Conversation via email you will get a weekly digest sent to your inbox every Monday morning. It will contain a brief summary of all articles posted the previous week. You just click on the post and it takes you to the blog.

Use the sign-up form you see in the top right margin to get this free service. Email subscriptions are handled automatically by Aweber using the Blog Broadcast feature. Your email will not be used in any other way except to send you the updates as requested.

What Now?

1. Get Google Reader (or some other feed reader)
2. Sign up for Coffee Cup Conversation via RSS


1. Sign up for your free email subscription
2. Respond to the opt in emails you will receive

Grace and Peace,

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