Sunday, May 29, 2005

RSS Readers

Do any of you out there know anything about RSS Readers and what to do when yours just doesn't update feeds? I use Awasu which I find very good, but when it comes up with errors on some of them I don't know what to do about it. It has just started doing it with Serena Fenton's Layers of Meaning, which I love reading. There are a few others which it just refuses to update. So if I never leave comments on your blog it's because I only read them when I go to your blog in my browser which I don't do very often, or if I do a bit of surfing in the Artful Quilters Webring.

So is there a good one out there (preferably free and downloadable rather than web-based) with a good, step by step guide to dealing with errors? Or is there anything I can do with Awasu to make it sort out errors automatically? Maybe I need to do a crash course in blog construction...

PS. A couple of hours after posting this, Awasu told me my own blog had errors... must have been reading this!

10 Comments:

At 5/29/2005 05:36:00 pm, Anonymous Gill from the C&G list said...

Liz, I use FeedDemon which seems good and also have Layers of Meaning as one of my feeds. Last update was a couple of days ago, when she posted about the anniversary of American Gothic. Now I read my favourite pages on FeedDemon, I notice how infrequently many of them are updated - not everyone is as prolific a blogger as you - but please continue because I love reading what you're up to!

 
At 5/30/2005 04:34:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Awasu is giving you errors on the channel, open the channel's Properties dialog and go to the Errors tab. It'll tell you what's going on.

I checked your feeds and they don't seem to be there at all. Probably something wonky going on behind the scenes at blogger.com :-)

Taka (Awasu developer)

 
At 5/31/2005 11:28:00 am, Blogger Liz said...

Thanks for this. I deleted my blog in the channel feed and re-subscribed and this seemed to get rid of the errors on my feed, but with Layers of Meaning there are no errors shown but it won't load. And part of the problem is that I don't understand what to do when I read about the errors - it's all Dutch to me! But thank you for checking my feed for me.

 
At 5/31/2005 11:28:00 am, Blogger Liz said...

Thanks for this. I deleted my blog in the channel feed and re-subscribed and this seemed to get rid of the errors on my feed, but with Layers of Meaning there are no errors shown but it won't load. And part of the problem is that I don't understand what to do when I read about the errors - it's all Dutch to me! But thank you for checking my feed for me.

 
At 5/31/2005 11:29:00 am, Blogger Liz said...

Hi Gill,

Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying reading my blog!

 
At 5/31/2005 01:12:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked the Layers of Meaning feeds (there are two of them) and they both have errors. This means that Awasu is not able to read the items in the feed and hence can't show you anything. Awasu tries to work around some of the more common errors but in this case, it can't

You need to contact the feed publisher and let them know about the problem so that they can fix it.

If you have any other problems, or questions, you can always post something at our forums: http://www.awasu.com/forums

Cheers

Taka

 
At 6/01/2005 07:23:00 pm, Blogger Liz said...

Thanks for doing this. I had an email from Serena at Layers of Meaning and she's working on finding the errors.

I'll try the forums. My problem usually, though, is that I don't understand rss at all and I don't always understand the replies on these forums! I need answers in words of one syllable!!

 
At 6/02/2005 12:09:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's OK. A lot of our users are pretty technical so we can speak the speak with them (since their problems require it).

But we also have a lot of normal users and we adjust our replies to suit :-)

Cheers

Taka

 
At 6/03/2005 12:42:00 pm, Blogger Serena Fenton said...

Taka-
I'm Serena from Layers of Meaning. If you could contact me at fents@ibiblio.org and let me knwo what the problems are, I'd appreciate it. I can get my feed to work in rssWizz and Bloglines, so I am confused why Awasu is having problems with it.

thanks - Serena

 
At 6/03/2005 12:43:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taka-
I'm Serena from Layers of Meaning. If you could contact me at fents@ibiblio.org and let me knwo what the problems are, I'd appreciate it. I can get my feed to work in rssWizz and Bloglines, so I am confused why Awasu is having problems with it.

thanks - Serena

 

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