There’s no shortage of services available to create your own RSS feed. If this is the first time you’ve heard RSS, I encourage you to take a step back and read my introductory post on RSS before continuing on.
I’ve tested a number of different tools for creating an RSS feed and like feedity.com http://feedity.com/builder.aspx because I think it’s fairly easy for a non-technical person to use and does not require any kind of registration.
To get started, go to feedity.com and enter the web address which has content you want to turn into a feed. For example, I tried entering our main web page, http://www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org, then selected preview. At the next screen, the easiest thing is to slect the appropriate category and simply “Get Feed” rather than trying to refine any of the cateogires. From there, you’ll be taken to a screen with the message that your feed is ready to go. I wanted to see how it looked so I clicked on it and was automatically taken to an iGoogle page where I saw three menu headers.
I decided that probably wasn’t what readers wanted to see, so I re-did the feed, this time feeding from our news page (http://www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/news/) where the content is updated more frequently. I again clicked on the resulted feed and was happier with the results.