Invisible Blogger feeds

Warning - incoming rant.

Why, oh why, oh why does the standard template for Blogger not include a syndication link. There’s nothing - not an orange RSS blob, a ’subscribe to this blog’ link, or even some cryptic ‘Atom 0.1' text somewhere.

There is a feed for every Blogger blog - append ‘atom.xml’ to the end of the blog’s URL and it’ll automagically appear, but the default Blogger settings don’t have the syndication feed publicised by default. Instead it has to be selected as a configuration option - and a significant proportion of Blogger blogs haven’t had it switched on.

I’m daft enough to go Googling for a solution, but there must be countless others who don’t bother - so if you are using Blogger as your platform and you haven’t switched this on, you stand to lose many of your potential subscribers from the off.

2 Responses to “Invisible Blogger feeds”

  1. Harald Says:

    It’s usually in the HTML header, in a link rel=alternate tag, which means that autodiscovery works with most modern aggregators.

    FWIW, I used to have the same complaint; it took me a while to figure this out…

  2. Meikah Delid Says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve just signed up for a Blogger account and will surely keep this in mind. Happy blogging! =))