Since I’ve started using Google Reader to check my favourite blogs I’ve noticed that some blog RSS feeds don’t always update.
A couple of my favourite blogs went off my Google Reader radar over the recent months and I thought to myself that it was a bit odd they hadn’t written anything for a while. Bloggers are usually a pretty polite bunch, especially those who have any audience, so if there’s going to be an absence, they usually let their readers know.
After realising I’d not read anything from them, I checked their actual blog. Seeing recent blog posts made me realise that their RSS feed wasn’t working to notify me of updates.
Resubscribing to the blog seems to do the trick of getting them back into Google Reader with updated posts. I usually only have the ‘updated’ view on, rather than the whole list.
Waiterrant recently had problems with someone hacking into the site which affected the RSS feeds. It wasn’t until I realised that I hadn’t read an update from this site for a while that I checked the actual website and resubscribed to the RSS feed.
I’m not sure what caused other feeds not to update but from memory they were both the standard Typepad .rdf feeds.
I subscribe to my own RSS feed so I can see that it updates in my reader. If it didn’t, I would fairly immediately be alerted to a problem and try to fix it.