In the past, publishing was an arduous process for writers and editors alike. In order to publish their essays, short stories, reviews, articles, and poetry, authors had to submit their manuscripts to the few journals, magazines, and newspapers which accepted solicitations from unaffiliated authors. It should go without saying that very few of these journals, magazines, and newspapers accepted these solicitations.
In order to do so, authors had to print three or four copies of their essays on high quality paper. Then they had to purchase at least two high quality envelopes. One of these envelopes would go directly to the editors. The other would contain a self addressed and stamped return envelope; this envelope allowed the editors to respond to the author. Finally, authors would have to draft a short cover letter explaining why their work should be published in the newspapers, magazines, and journals to which they submitted their work. If authors completed all of these steps correctly, they could expect to hear back from the editors within one or two years.
Today, however, digital technology such as internet blogs have streamlined the publication process. Instead of submitting high quality manuscripts to uninterested editors, authors can self publish their articles, short stories, poetry, and reviews on internet journals called blogs. By cutting out the publishers and editors, authors can drastically reduce the amount of time between composition and publication; an author can publish his or her work several minutes after finishing it.
Although most authors agree that blogs are an easy and convenient way to publish their works, many authors worry that their writings will be lost in the shuffle; after all, how can authors expect readers to find their blog when thousands of new blogs surface each and every day? To help struggling authors find readers, programmers have designed RSS feed lists technologies (also called RSS news feed lists, RSS news feeds, and RSS lists) which circulate the blog content to thousands (if not millions) of readers around the world.
These RSS feed lists technologies are very simple. They convert the blog content to a universal code which is compatible with most of the major social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and search engines such as Google. By converting the code, these RSS feed lists technologies allow authors to send their writings to their Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
Furthermore, many of these RSS feed lists technologies work automatically; in other words, these RSS feed lists post the authors’ content to their social media profiles automatically, seconds after the author posts the content to his or her blog. By doing so, these RSS feed lists can attract thousands or millions of new readers for authors in a matter of seconds. Additionally, some of the most popular RSS feed lists technologies even go so far as to translate authors’ writings into other languages so that authors might acquire new readers in other countries on other continents. In this way, these RSS feed lists technologies act as virtual towers of Babel which work to reduce cross cultural conflicts.