We’ve all been there. Some days no matter how many times you proof-read and spell check a post as soon as you hit “publish” you spot a typo that you can’t believe you just missed a second ago. Sometimes if I don’t notice an error, a kind reader will take the time to email me to let me know about the mistake. I am very grateful if you do this!
Correcting the mistake on the live blog doesn’t fix the RSS version. If you don’t ping Feedburner the old feed will not be updated to the corrected version until you next post, by which time the worst of the damage would already have been done.
How To Update Your Feed
This couldn’t be any easier providing you are a Feedburner user. You simply go to this Feedburner pinging page and type the URL of your blog into the box.
If that fails to update the feed you can still fix it by logging into Feedburner and going to the Troubleshootize section and clicking “Resync Now”.
Yesterday I missed out a single quote in the HTML (“) from my link to Technorati WTF, which caused the entire paragraph to disappear. Fortunately I pinged Feedburner so hopefully only a few subscribers got confused.
You now have the joy of experiencing the most stressful 30 seconds a blogger can experience, that is, realising you have made a mistake and rushing as if your blog is on fire to Feedburner.
Note: Remember to subscribe the full RSS feed so you are ready for tomorrow’s special post.