Back in February, I had the pleasure of working with the great staff at YIS for a few days. One of the things that we focused on was the use of blogs in the classroom. While RSS is a lifesaver for teachers using blogging, one of the issues identified was the need to wade through posts that weren’t relevant. As a math teacher, I don’t really want to be notified every time students blog for their humanities class. Wouldn’t it be great if teachers could use RSS to subscribe only to a specific category?
Fast-forward a few months, and I came across the solution! Turns out it is dead simple. The only requirement (that I can tell) is that the blog cannot be using a service like FeedBurner, which redirects all feeds from a blog into a single feed. Here’s how you do it:
- Click on the category you would like to subscribe to. It will give you a URL like: http://blog.misterhamada.com/category/tech-facilitator/
- Simply add the word “feed” to the end of that URL: http://blog.misterhamada.com/category/tech-facilitator/feed
You can use this same hack to subscribe to posts with a specific tag or by a specific author as well.