Disclaimer: I've grown up a bit and learned a lot since this blog was started. In the beginning I took tips from the likes of John Chow and Shoemoney and tried to write titles and content for Digg and Reddit. In the end it didn't do me much good and most of it just seems silly looking back. If you're interested anyway, here's what I wrote back then, but take it with a grain of salt.
That code was only really there because the theme I used as my base had it, so I kept it without thinking. I run my feed through Feedburner, which has a feature that is supposed to provide the format that your reader can read, assumably making multiple feed definitions unnecessary. I’m not sure how that works, or if it works with the Feedburner plug-in for WordPress, but it’s turned on in my Feedburner account.
While hacking feeds out of my
head I chose to keep the RSS 2.0 feed because
WordPress seems to favor it based on URL structure; with RSS 2.0 being
/feed and RSS .92 and ATOM being
/feed/atom respectively. With that answered, I suppose the next question is
“why?” Well, mainly because of this article by Dean Allen over at Textism.
It just makes sense, and from a usability standpoint, the easier to subscribe to my feed the better! Less choices
equals easier to use, so maybe this will help my subscription numbers if people can subscribe without thinking.
With that being said, I initially 301 redirected the other two feed URLs to the RSS 2 URL using the technique described in this post, which I’m assume should work perfectly, but I’m guessing that is unnecessary, since the URLs themselves will continue to function thanks to WordPress’ default behavior, so I took the redirects out. If anybody has any problems accessing the feed, or thinks my methodology should change, please enlighten me with a comment to this post.