If the site you want to subscribe to uses Feed Burner to aid in the subscription process (like Copyblogger and many other popular sites), you’ll likely see the standard RSS icon, which takes you to a page that will give you an array of the most popular feed readers so you can select yours, and you’ll go from there.
This is the new standard RSS icon: Sometimes there will be a chicklet for your particular reader right on the blog that will take you to the appropriate subscription page.
If you use personalized home page services like My Yahoo or My MSN, you’ve got RSS capabilities built in.
And best of all, no reason to put yourself at the mercy of the publisher’s intentions. You can also add content from any blog or other site that uses RSS to provide updates.
If you use the Firefox browser, you can also receive RSS feeds from your tool bar by using the Live Bookmarks function. And things will get even easier when the next version of Outlook integrates feed-reading capabilities. First of all, look for the subscription or feed options (some bloggers make this difficult for some odd reason).
The next version of Internet Explorer will add this feature as well. These function somewhat like an email program for feeds. So, you’ll have the same convenience that email subscriptions offered in the old days, without any of the terrible consequences of giving out your email address to potentially unscrupulous characters. You might see a variety of buttons (amusingly called chicklets).
RSS is a simply an Internet technology standard that allows busy people to receive updates to web-based content of interest. But basically, that’s the essence of an RSS feed – you subscribe and then receive new content automatically in your feed reader.
For more info on getting started with Bloglines, read Bloglines (and aggregators in general) from Carson Mc Comas of Work