RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. RSS is a simple way to keep track of when new content is published to web sites that use RSS. It works like this: A subscriber (that can be anybody with an internet connection) uses an RSS reader to subscribe to RSS feeds. The reader then monitors the feeds for changes. When a change occurs the reader lets the user (that’s you!) know that there is new content available. For example, if you wanted to monitor this blog for new posts you would first have find a feed reader (I have listed a few below). Then you would click on the RSS link at the bottom of this page. You will end up on a funny looking page that is not really very readable, but the important part is the address in the address bar on your browser. This is the address of the feed for this blog. You would then copy this address into your feed reader to subscribe. Then, every time we make a new post you will be notified through the reader.

As you are using the various web sites that you visit everyday watch for little orange icons like these: rss_feed_icon_24x24, XML_button and yahoo_add_feed. These icons indicate that that site offers an RSS feed which you might want to subscribe to. There are many RSS readers available. Here are a few to check out:Feedreader, Sharpreader, Newsgator, and myYahoo.

So what does Beth do at camp?

I’m glad you asked! Most of you know how Ben is in charge of the communications for New Life Ranch….website, promotional videos, brochures….but lately several people have asked me what my role is at camp.

Well, I am the editor of the New Life News (the newsletter we put together for camp that gets mailed out 3 times a year), I help out on registration day (collecting health forms) and I am part of a Resident Staff Small Group for our summer staff. (Each summer staff is in a small group, and each small group is paired up with some of our Resident Staff) My small group comes up to our house for an hour each Thursday. I love it! It’s a great way for me to get involved with the summer staff that are here this summer. I remember being on summer staff and how much I looked forward to that one hour a week where I got to go into a real house, with air conditioning, and yummy snacks to just take a break from camp for awhile. It’s fun being able to be on the other end now!