In the past, authors who wanted to publish their essays, articles, short stories, and poetry had to jump through a number of aggravating hurdles before they could see their work in print. Most publishers and editors who worked for famous magazines and journals did not accept manuscripts from authors who did work for them, so the first challenge that these authors faced was to find publishers and editors who accepted unsolicited manuscripts from unknown authors.
After these authors had accomplished this important first step, authors had to print at least two or three copies of their articles, essays, short stories, or poetry to submit to the publishers and editors. Furthermore, the authors had to purchase at least two large manila envelopes in which to submit their manuscripts. The first large manila envelope would contain the copies of the manuscripts which the publishers and the editors would read. The second large manila envelope would be a self addressed return enveloped which would enable the publishers and the editors to send the authors a decision regarding whether or not to publish their articles, essays, short stories, and poetry. Finally, before they could submit their works, the authors had to draft short cover letters explaining to the editors and the publishers why their work belonged in the journals.
Needless to say, this process was cumbersome at best because often authors had to wait six or seven months (if not longer) just to learn that their work had been rejected by the publishers. Today, however, digital technologies such as internet journals or blogs have greatly streamlined the publication process. Instead of submitting their works to publishers, authors can self publish their articles and essays on their internet blogs, effectively cutting out the middlemen in the transaction. No longer must authors wait six or seven months for rejections; thanks to internet blogs, they can publish their works within a matter of minutes.
Although few authors would contest that internet blogs have streamlined the publication process, some authors worry that their blogs will become lost amid the fray of the hundreds of thousands of other internet blogs which currently circulate around the web. To counter these fears and to encourage authors to use internet blogs, programmers have invented RSS news feeds technologies. These RSS news feeds technologies (or news RSS feeds) sound far more complex than they actually are. These RSS news feeds automatically translate the blog code into a universal computer code which is compatible with other blogs and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. In this way, these RSS news feeds ensure that readers need not search for the blogs; instead, these RSS news feeds bring the blogs to the readers. By doing so, these RSS news feeds can increase an author’s readership tenfold in a matter of hours. Furthermore, some of the more advanced RSS news feeds technologies can translate authors’ works into other languages; these RSS news feeds act as a virtual tower of Babel, working to unite readers who could not communicate with one another before the invention of RSS news feeds technologies.