Quick site update for you all!
Last week ushered in a new feed format called JSON Feed. Similar to RSS or Atom syndication, JSON Feed simply creates a way for you to syndicate content from your site to a feed reader of your choice.
What is different though, is that rather than churning out XML (which developers tend to avoid), the end result creates a feed written entirely in JSON, which is way easier to read and write.
Getting into the weeds.
If you want to get into the nitty gritty, you can read all about the full V.1 spec here: https://jsonfeed.org/version/1
If your site runs on WordPress, there’s a plugin for easily implementing a JSON Feed. Click here to download it.
Lastly, if you are curious how your feed will look in a reader that supports JSON Feeds, you can check that out here: http://json-feed-viewer.herokuapp.com (spoiler alert: it looks really great)
Still on the fence?
I certainly don’t blame you. It’s still very early days, and many would posit that releasing a new feed spec alternative to the now widely adopted RSS spec, is a complete waste of time at this point in the game.
I think it is worth your time because:
- Over all, it’s a much nicer reading experience for your feed-consuming visitors.
- The pedigree of its active development is very high (Manton Reece and Brent Simmons).
- It takes very little time and effort to add it to your site.
- More and more main stream feed readers are starting to support it.
If you would like to add my JSON Feed to your feed reader, you can find it here: http://thaddeushunt.com/feed/json… or in the left nav (click the nav button in upper right on mobile.