Ploeh blog syndication feed addresses by Mark Seemann
Service announcement about syndication feed addresses for ploeh blog.
Now that Google Reader is closing down and a lot of my readers may want to migrate their ploeh blog subscription to another service, I think it's the right time for a quick post about ploeh blog's syndication feed addresses.
When I migrated my blog to Jekyll I made it a priority to ensure a certain level of backwards compatibility. The permalinks for the old posts are still served, although they are now redirects. For that reason, I also left the old syndication feed addresses in place. Specifically, I left this old RSS feed address in place:
http://blog.ploeh.dk/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss. This feed address sort of works, but has issues.
There are several problems with the 'legacy' feed address:
- Due to the way Jekyll works, the address actually points to an index.html file. Since a Jekyll-powered site is a static site, I don't control the server, and thus I can't manipulate the HTTP headers for individual resources. HTML files are served with the "text/html" Content-Type, which doesn't fit the XML content. Some clients seem to dislike this.
- Google Reader has created some 'ghost' entries based on the feed. I wonder if it has anything to do with the faulty Content-Type.
- Other users have reported that their clients (e.g. Outlook) don't like the feed. Again, I suspect it's because of the faulty Content-Type. While I think those clients should follow Postel's law, they apparently don't.
- The address looks very implementation-specific.
However, ploeh blog has new, 'proper' syndication feed addresses, so if you're already in the process of migrating your subscriptions away from Google Reader, please take a moment to update your subscription. That 'legacy' RSS address may not stick around forever.
The proper syndication feed addresses for ploeh blog are: