how to write RSS by hand
jun 21 2022
i write my HTML for my blog posts by hand. yeah, i'm crazy. there's plenty of good resources on how to do this online already (i reccomend w3cschools and MDN for referencing) so i'm not going to bother beating that dead horse today. however, no matter how hard i looked, i could not find any information on how to write an RSS file by hand. every single guide assumes that you use some sort of static site generator and just want everything handled for you. i don't!
this post is gonna assume you already know a bit of HTML, by the way. don't worry, it's not too hard to figure this stuff out.
STEP 1: the boilerplate stuff
yeah, it's XML, so there's lots of boilerplate. start by copying all of this junk into your favorite text editor.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
now it's time to customize it. block by block:
title is your site's title
description is a description of your site
link is a link to your site
image has a few children, so lets go over those individually
url is a link to your site's icon
title is the same as before
link is the same as before
STEP 2: add posts
you may notice that your rss feed does not have any posts in it. the next step is to add those too. on the empty line, add this:
<pubDate>Sun, 19 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
title is the title of your post
guid is the URL to your post
description is a summary of your post
pubDate is the publication date of your post
every time you add a new post, just repeat that, and you'll be good.
and by the way, you should use the W3C feed validator to double check once you're done!