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Q: What is a 'blog' and do you have one?


A: Yes I have a blog.  You can click on 'Blogs' in the header.


A blog or 'weblog' is simply a way of publishing up to the minute content on a topic that will be of interest to certain people.  I have finally established a Tutorials training 'Photoshop' blog because it will allow me to give you access to free and valuable information on several Photoshop related topics which will be of interest to you.

Just go to the Photoshop Blog address and you will be able to search through the categories and look at the content postings to find the information that is most relevant to you pertaining to Photoshop!

Q: What are these buttons?       Photoshop tutorials training RSS blog feed


A: The buttons are showcasing that I now have RSS feeds available for you.  Let me talk about RSS in case you're still learning about it and what it can do for you.


Q: What is RSS or 'feeds' and how do I use them??


A: I just recently (finally) took the time and found out about it myself.  It stands for 'really simple syndication' or 'rich site summary' and is a form of publishing quality content on the internet that is delivered straight to the end user (you!). 


When you have an RSS reader (Firefox has it, mymsn, myYahoo, and some independent readers out there...) you can now choose from many different RSS feeds which deliver quality content that you would want to learn from right to your RSS reader. 


With RSS you can pick and choose the type of free (or paid) content that will be automatically delivered each time something new is updated from that content provider.  RSS feeds usually originate from blogs. 


With RSS, content publishers can 'syndicate' and get their 'up-to-the-minute' information out to people across the internet fast.  They are essentially the same thing as 'news aggregators' that get information out very fast to anyone who has their 'feed'.


So when you have an RSS reader and have entered the URLS of the RSS feeds that you want (say, Photoshop, stock tips, gardening, news, weather, etc.) the latest updated content will be delivered straight to you instead of you having to go out and visit the blog itself from the different sources. 


You only have to enter the RSS feed address one time once you find out what it is from the source who offers it and of course can delete it at anytime.


This is a huge direction that information content delivery for the consumer is moving towards on the internet and it's here to stay!  RSS feeds are short snippets (usually the title of each post) from information sources that YOU want and YOU choose to be delivered to you; and you always get up to the minute latest information! 


If you want to read an article, all you do is click on the link of the post (the Title) in your 'reader' and it will take you to that article.


Q: But how do I use those buttons to get your Photoshop RSS feed (up to the minute blog posts)?


A: You must first have a program that you use which allows RSS feeds.  In the program that you use you would just enter the RSS/XML address that you are given to their 'add RSS feed' option.


All you are doing is just using the address I am giving you when; so you just right click and 'Copy Shortcut' to get that address of the xml/rpc/opml data (don't even worry about the technical stuff) and then just paste it into your RSS reader's 'add RSS feed' (or something like that) page.


Then you will get my Photoshop blog & RSS feed for the latest information.


Q: Why is it a funny looking page when I go to that address?


A: To view the blog itself you will have to go to the blog address.  The address/URL that is on the RSS icon is the page of data that would stream through your RSS feeder service to show you the content.  So if you click on the actual icon itself you will just see a funny looking page; don't worry about it.


Remember you are just copying this URL/address and using it to 'add RSS feed' to whatever service you are using as described above.


Then you can be assured that you will receive my (or any other) RSS feeds as long as you have the correct address.


Q: So how do I use a 'my Yahoo' button?




A: In this case, if you click on it you will be taken straight to your Yahoo account, asked to login and then just click on one more link there to easily add the RSS feed without having to find it yourself.  The same with MSN.



Remember that the RSS button has the link you want to copy and then go back to your reader to 'add RSS' by 'copy shortcut' and then pasting in your program that allows you to add RSS feeds.          Photoshop tutorials training RSS blog feed


This is good stuff to know if you love the internet.  Make sure you join my RSS feed once you get a reader to get the latest Photoshop and training information!


Q: How do I get an RSS reader?


A: If you have a free or paid Yahoo or MSN you can add RSS feeds there.  There are other readers available as well.  You can find out about some top RSS readers here.


Here are some more of them on this link where you will have to copy and paste the URLS:


You can also put any RSS feed on your computer with the next version of Windows and Google desktop 2 or this:


Q: What is Atom?


A: Atom is the other main standard of RSS/aggregation or 'syndication format' next to RSS 2.0.  It's just a slightly different way of showing the XML data.  As long as your reader can accept Atom you're fine.  iPod's podcasting uses RSS 2.0.


Q: Can I start my own content syndication or blog?


A: Yes.  It's pretty much free.  Go to or to start your own blog.  With WordPress your blog is hosted on your server and it has more features than google's (which is easier to use though).  It will take a little while to get used to but then you just start posting quality content related to the subject you're focusing on.  Search engines love blogs!


WordPress will generate your static RSS link once you have it installed so you can get your content out.


Q: What is PodCasting?


A: Podcasting is basically audio delivery through the RSS (2.0) format.  The same way that other content is delivered, audio files can also be delivered (as .mp3's).  You don't have to have an iPod in order to subscribe to someone's podcast method of audio content syndication. 


Many RSS readers also support podcasting as well all you have to do is add the podcast link from that content provider to get your audio information. 




So yes, if you love Photoshop make sure you go to

and bookmark the blog itself at this link:


or if you have an RSS reader, then add the xml URL:


to your system.  Now you will be getting up to the minute Photoshop related information daily!


On the blog itself you can browse across topics that you are interested in.  This allows me to get valuable Photoshop information out to you at anytime and fast!


Very soon I will also be starting a Photoshop Podcast RSS syndication.  I will keep everything free unless in the future I start a separate blog system with a higher level of information then you'd have the option to upgrade and pay for that (I'm not near ready for that yet).


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