Keeping Up to Date!

Want to keep up to date with the latest information available from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks?

The old way is clicking on a bookmarked link to
Subscribe or RSS Feed

The problems with bookmarking

  • You as the web surfer have to do all the work
  • You miss information when you forget to check your bookmarks
  • You might end up seeing the same information over and over again.

The NEW way is allowing the news to come to you whenever there is an update.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have  two ways that can help you with staying up to date. The easiest is to have the latest information delivered to you by email.

Subscribe by Email

Near the top of our right hand sidebar, find “Get Connected” in bold type. A little ways down is a field where you can enter your email address. Press subscribe. You will be directed to a special screen with a verification code proving you are a human and not a machine. You can unsubscribe at any time and your email will be kept private and not used for any other purposes than to send updates.

The second way to stay up to date is our RSS feed. No, that's not the same as all you can eat fish fry.

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’.

It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website updates.

How RSS actually technically works is probably a lesson for another day but the key today is for you to understand why it’s good and how to use it.

RSS Feed Icon
The first thing you’ll want to do if you’re getting into reading sites via RSS is to hook yourself up with an RSS Feed Reader. An RSS Reader allows you do either read the text of the website or to click on the url and read the formatted version. At first I found it a little strange to make the change from bookmarking to RSS. An RSS reader also allows more than one feed – once you get hooked into reading the latest up-dates, there's no stopping!

There are many RSS Readers to choose from. To get started, I would choose a really simple RSS Reader like Google Reader.

How to Subscribe to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks RSS Feed.
Once again, look at our right hand sidebar. A little ways down you will see a small square orange icon with radio waves. Next to the icon are the words RSS Reader. Click either the icon or the link. Once you click on either one, you will be directed on what to do next.

Browsers differ in the way that they are set up to handle RSS Readers. You’ll want to set up your browser with your feed reader of choice by default. You can do this by going to the ‘preferences’ or options of your browser. Choose ‘Google Reader’ as your feed reader. Here's a video

Once you’ve done this and have subscribed to a few feeds you’ll begin to see unread items in your Feed Reader and you can start reading.