Subscribing to the IRG Blog

The IRG blog offers a number of subscription options, which allow you to keep track of new content without having to visit the site each day. You may choose to subscribe to new posts on the site made by IRG authors, and/or to new comments on these posts made by readers of the site. Subscription is possible either by RSS or by email.

To subscribe, simply click on the appropriate link(s) in the Subscribe section of the menu bar that runs down the right of the screen, and follow the instructions. For help subscribing, or for information about the subscription options, see the details below.

Subscribing by Email

Subscribing by email is the simplest option. Once subscribed, you will receive an email each morning containing any IRG content that has been posted in the last 24 hours (if no new content has been published, you will receive no email).

To subscribe to new posts by email, click on the email subscription link in the Subscribe section of the menu bar. On the page that opens, simply follow the instructions and then click on the ‘Complete Subscription Request’ button. An email will be sent to the email account you specified containing a link which you must click on to confirm you wish to subscribe to this service. Once you have clicked on it, your subscription will be activated.

If you also wish to receive an email each day containing any comments made by readers of the site, return to the IRG site and click on the other email subscription link in the Subscribe section of the menu bar.

Subscribing by RSS

Subscribing by RSS is the recommended option as it provides the most timely service, and in the most convenient format. If you are unfamiliar with RSS feeds, you may read a full description of them, and how to use them, here on the BBC site. Essentially they are a means of keeping track of new content on a number of different web sites through a single interface, without having to check each web site individually. Most web sites nowadays offer RSS feeds, and as such they are a powerful yet simple and convenient way of browsing the web, and well worth becoming familiar with.

To start using RSS, you must first choose an RSS reader. This is the interface in which you will view the various RSS feeds that you subscribe to. There are a number of free RSS readers available, and they come in two types. Online RSS readers are web-based services that allow you to view your feeds on a web site using any computer. Desktop RSS readers are downloadable pieces of software that run from your computer. Essentially the difference between them is the same as between web-based email services such as GMail or Hotmail, and software such as MS Outlook.

Online RSS readers are particularly suitable if you envisage wanting to check your feeds from several different computers, and don’t intend to subscribe to dozens of different feeds. Conversely, a desktop reader is more suitable if you normally work on a single computer, or intend to subscribe to many feeds, since they provide greater functionality, and a more attractive interface.

Subscribing via an Online RSS Reader
A recommended online reader is the one provided by Google, which you can access at any time from any Google page. Simply click on the ‘More’ menu option at the top of the Google web page, and select ‘Reader’ from the menu list. You will then be asked to specify a username and password, or to log in if you already have a Google account (e.g. if you already use GMail).

You are now ready to begin subscribing to feeds. On the IRG site, click on the first ‘Click Here’ link in the Subscribe section, and on the page that opens, click on the Google icon in the ‘Subscribe Now!’ box. When prompted, click on the ‘Add to Google Reader’ icon. You will then be taken to the Google Reader interface, where the latest IRG posts will be listed. If you also wish to subscribe to comments made by readers of the IRG site, return to the IRG site and click on the second ‘Click Here’ link and repeat the process.

Now, any time you wish to check for new IRG content (as well as new content from any other feed you choose to subscribe to), simply access your Google Reader from any Google page.

Subscribing via a Desktop RSS Reader
A recommended desktop reader is FeedDemon, provided by NewsGator, and is available free for download here. This is an ideal solution as it combines the functionality offered by an online reader, with the power available from a desktop reader.

When you download the software you will be prompted to create a NewsGator account, which is an online reader that may be accessed from any computer simply by visiting the NewsGator site. However, this online reader also automatically synchronises with your desktop software, meaning when you are using your own computer, you may view your feeds in the dedicated interface. Installation is a simple process – just download and run the software, and follow the instructions.

Once installed you may begin subscribing to sites. On the IRG site, click on the first ‘Click Here’ link in the Subscribe section. On the page that opens, select FeedDemon from the dropdown list in the ‘Subscribe Now!’ box if you are currently working on the computer on which you have installed FeedDemon, or on the NewsGator icon if you are currently working on another computer. If you also wish to subscribe to comments made by readers of the IRG site, return to the IRG site and click on the second ‘Click Here’ link and repeat the process.

Subscribing to Other Feeds
Once you have set up your RSS reader and subscribed to the IRG, you will probably want to subscribe to some other feeds. Look out for the little orange RSS icon on pages that you visit, and click on it if you wish to subscribe to new content on that page.

To get started you may wish to consider subscribing to some of these feeds:

  • Click here to subscribe to the Kings of War blog run by IRG member David Betz.
  • Click here to subscribe to all the latest news, research and events at Chatham House, or visit this web page if you wish to select which Chatham House feeds you wish to receive.
  • Visit this web page to choose which RUSI feeds you would like to subscribe to.
  • Visit this web page to choose which BBC feeds you would like to subscribe to.
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