February 22, 2007, 8:24 am

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number Eighteen


….is up over at Protect the Airway!

Many thanks to Airway Control for doing a wonderful job!

The next CoS is really, truly here at Emergiblog. No mistake this time! Honest! You can use the contact button at the top of the blog or the wonderful Blog Carnival. Either way, I am ready to start collecting the best nursing stories you got! Bring ’em on!


I have a question.

Out of all the readers of Emergiblog, 4% actually subscribe the the RSS feed.

Now, I have a confession to make.  I don’t subscribe to RSS feeds!   I usually just go to the site and read!

So, I’d like to know (1) If you do use RSS feeds (specifically Emergiblog’s), what are the advantages and if you don’t subscribe to RSS feeds (specifically Emergiblog’s) what keeps you from doing so?

I ask for two reasons.

One is to see if more people will subscribe to Emergiblog’s feed.

And, I’m looking into subscribing to the RSS feeds so that I can keep up with all my blogs – check out that right sidebar and you can see why I might need a bit of help keeping up with my blogging colleagues!

This is the one aspect of running a blog I’ve never really thought about before, so opinions you have are solicitied and welcomed!


  • catie

    February 22, 2007 at 8:51 am

    I am a diehard subscriber to RSS feeds for numerous reasons-mainly my ADD/ADHD has me hopping from one site to another, and forgetting over half of the sites I really enjoy. Usually unless I subscribe to the feed I forget about a really good site for a few months, and then luck up and find it again. This just really helps me keep them organized a bit better…

  • RTaylor

    February 22, 2007 at 9:42 am

    RSS is amazing- it alerts me when there are new posts on any of the dozens of blogs I follow. I have my feeds grouped by type, so I can see at a glance if it’s a friend’s blog, work-related, news, etc…
    I suspect that if you try using RSS feeds, you won’t go back.

  • Susan

    February 22, 2007 at 11:08 am

    I use RSS to read emergiblog. I use a feed aggregator that tells me when blogs are updated. It saves me a lot of time!

  • Jennifer

    February 22, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Same as Susan. I use Bloglines to track and manage my RSS feeds, which is fabu since I can login anywhere on the planet to have a quick read.

    Bloglines says you have 32 subscribers to your feed-I’m sure you have a bazillion more readers than that.

  • Judy

    February 22, 2007 at 11:53 am

    I didn’t subscribe to RSS feeds until very recently because it seemed very complicated. Then a friend told me about google reader — just log into your google account and start subscribing. It’s simple enough for me and saves me time because I don’t have to visit blogs with no new content to find those who have new posts.

  • Harold Jarche

    February 22, 2007 at 11:54 am

    I currently have 162 feeds in aggregator. How else could I manage that many sites? BTW, Bloglines tells me that you have 78 subscribers, of which 21 are public, including me 🙂

  • kmom

    February 22, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I use Bloglines. It is much quicker to see what is new on the sites I read and can be checked anywhere. It was easy to sign up and easy to add or deleate sites.
    Btw, I enjoy your site. Thanks for writing!

  • Sean

    February 22, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I use an RSS reader for many of the reasons listed above. I always know when blogs are updated, and I can read them all in one place.

    Love it!


  • Sherri

    February 22, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t have to load blogs, or newsites, to find out if there’s new info/posts. I just load Bloglines, and it lists newly updated subscriptions for me. Some bloggers have full posts, while others do some kind of intro for that particular post like you do (which I prefer, because if the intro is interesting enough, then I’ll click on the headline to read the rest. Otherwise, I don’t have to scroll past something I’m not interested in reading).

    My bookmarks/favs are MUCH smaller with bloglines keeping up with my blog/news subscriptions.

    Firefox 2 lets us setup our browser options so that when there’s an RSS icon in the address bar, we can subscribe with either Bloglines, Firefox’s built-in RSS viewer (not nearly as nice), Yahoo, or Google readers.

    I hate finding interesting sites that don’t use RSS, because I’ll eventually forget about them except for the occasional times I browse through my bookmarks. But if the site at least has an old-fashioned newsletter, then Bloglines lets us make up a bloglines email address so we can sub to the newsletter through Bloglines.

    While you’re checking out online aggregators (feed readers), look at NewsGator too. I don’t like it as much as Bloglines, but you might have different preferences. Unless you’re already into My Yahoo, you probably won’t like them.


  • Denise Hurst

    February 22, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    What is an RSS feed?

  • S. R.

    February 22, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    I like for people to read my blog anyway they want (just read!), but I also like for them to see my wacky photos. This isn’t available with all RSS feed readers.

  • catwin

    February 22, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    RSS feeds are great. i can open feeds page hit refresh all, and see who has posted recently. if i need to i can just click on over to the site if need to.

  • DrDork

    February 22, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Kim.

    Another one of your diehard subscribers here !

    When one is trying to keep reasonably up to date with an ever-increasing number of sites/blogs I find RSS (I use bloglines) basically saves a lot of time on a daily basis.

  • Awesome Mom

    February 22, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    I am kind of new to the whole RSS thing too Kim, so I will be following the discussion with much interest.

  • Max E Nurse

    February 23, 2007 at 2:48 am

    Kim – you know Dr Dork and I (and others)love you and therefore subscribe, but perhaps the others 96% are just too shy to confess there true feelings.

    Bloglines for me too.


  • Dr. Nic

    February 23, 2007 at 6:59 am

    I don’t have tons of time to read blogs (being a resident an all) so when I find a blog I like, I subscribe to the RSS feed so I can check it when I know there’s something new. And I am one of your feed subscribers, fyi. I’ve got subscriptions to about 50 blogs and it’s really helpful, especially when there are not daily posts.

    It also makes it easy to catch up on my blogs on my post-call days.

  • […] Well, the comments are rolling in. You can follow the dialogue and learn along with me what keeps people from subscribing. […]

  • mpb

    February 23, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Feeds or RSS is a method much like the trickling headlines around the Time Square building or the bottom of some TV news shows (very simplistic description). Instead of a person going to each webpage, a feed aggregator does it for you and then displays what’s been issued into your reader.

    The web based readers can be configured to look like your personal newspaper (like the old web portals). I use a separate feed reader program.

    The advantage in addition to those mentioned, especially if the blogger or web writer uses full feeds (instead of the first few lines) is that a blog owner has a second, local copy of what the public is reading (instead of what you think they are reading). It is handy for a backup. Also, with some readers like Great News, the images are thumbnails are smaller and quicker to view. I can also search through older posts through the reader, even while off-line.

    One can always go to the site to read the article in context or to comment. In some blogs, even the comments have a feed–see what the discussion is about sitewide or track only your favorite posts.

    For news, a reader is easy to skim the headlines; just read what you want.

    I help support users at http://edublogs.org so a feed from the self-help forums is great to keep track of requests.

  • Candy

    February 23, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    I only read what I get nudged into by email “reminders” (except for my daily forray into the ED with Kim, of course, and my kid’s site, http://www.etchouse.com). I have too much to read for work, so don’t get to play much, mores the pity! If you don’t attack them quickly, those nursing journals really pile up!

  • Markie

    February 23, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Okay, okay, I give in. 😉

    I’ve subscribed to the RSS feeds of the blogs I routinely read (this one first!).

    And then I went and spent the next hour and a half going through the old Yahoo RSS feeds I never look at anymore and putting the worthy ones into my new Google Reader page.

    I actually think it will be better all around. Thanks for reminding me about the usefulness of RSS.

  • punchberry

    February 24, 2007 at 1:41 am

    I use Bloglines with the “display full entry” option, so I can see all new posts to all the blogs I read in one place. I usually only visit the actual blog if I want to read the comments. It is really nice because it means that I never visit just to see that there is nothing new (not that that would ever happen with Emergiblog!)

    I head that the Google News Reader works well with blogs too, and I may try that one of these days.

  • Enjay

    February 24, 2007 at 7:26 am

    I do use RSS feeds. The aggregator that I use is bloglines, and I have around 150 feeds on my list. My favorite thing about using feeds is that bloglines tells me when the blogs are updated, so I don’t spend an hour making rounds only to find that no one felt like posting. It also makes it easier to hop on one of the college lab computers and take a peek at what people are up to, rather than having to try and remember a long list of websites.

  • Alisha Hampton-Escobedo RN

    February 24, 2007 at 8:42 am

    OMG Kim you have got to see this video! Of course I’m partial, being a cardiac nurse and all oh, and married to a hispanic.
    check this link it is on my space but it is wonderful.


    Enjoy Alisha

  • Candy

    February 24, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Alisha, the link doesn’t seem to be working…

  • Candy

    February 24, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Never mind…I got it — and it is TERRIFIC! Anatomy was never so much fun!

  • Katherine

    February 24, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    I subscribe via Abilon (a feed reader). The advantages? I can get all my feeds one way, without having to click on half-a-hunded different blogs.

  • Ruth N

    February 26, 2007 at 4:10 am

    the advantage of a feed aggregator is that I can keep up with my 238 feeds (not sure where they all came from). The disadvantages are that you don’t always get feeds for comments, and therefore miss the interactive/community element, and also if people have a funky new makeover you don’t notice it for ages.

  • Shane

    February 26, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    One of the nice things about using FeedBurner to serve your feeds is that they give you the ability to show in real time how many comments the post has gotten. Definitely helps with that community disconnect you mention, Ruth.

  • Emily

    February 27, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    I have been using NetNewsWire for quite some time and agree that using something to keep all of my blog subscriptions sane saves a ton of time.

    One disadvantage is not being exposed to blogrolls on the sites I do read. That is such an important part of blogging that gets left out as the program only downloads the posted content. If I don’t go cruise the actual sites once in awhile, my reading gets routine and in a rut.

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