In the past, authors who wanted to publish their articles, essays, short stories, and poetry had a hard time finding publishers. Their options were extremely limited. Very few magazines, newspapers, and journals accepted solicitations from unaffiliated authors. Every so often, an editor issued a call for papers which invited new authors to submit their manuscripts. However, this process was extremely costly and time consuming for most inexperienced authors.
First, the author had to draft a cover letter explaining why his or her submission belonged in the magazine, newspaper, or journal. Then he or she had to print at least three copies of his work for the editors to read and make comments upon. Next, he or she had to include a self addressed and stamped return envelope so that the editors could issue a response. These steps were extremely costly as most editors demanded high quality paper and large envelopes. It was also an extremely time consuming process; the average writer waited anywhere between three weeks and 12 months for a response which more often than not informed the writer that his or her work had been rejected by the editors.
Today, however, digital technologies such as the internet have streamlined the publication process. Instead of submitting print manuscripts to editors, authors can publish their articles, poetry, essays, short stories, and reviews on their blog readers. Authors no longer need to wait to hear back from editors; they act as their own editors; all it takes is a few clicks of the mouse to publish a manuscript.
Although many authors love the convenience of blogging on online readers, other authors complain that nobody reads their blogs. After all, there are thousands if not millions of blogs on the internet, so the average reader cannot possibly review all of them. Recently, however, programmers have developed popular RSS feeds technology which allows authors to share their writings with thousands if not millions of new readers.
In brief, popular RSS feeds technology such as Google RSS reader and Google World News convert bloggers’ blog posts into a universal code which can be accessed by dozens of different social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and search engines such as Google. By using these popular RSS feeds, the author can circulate his or her works to thousands of readers in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the user can opt to set up automatic popular RSS feeds which automatically distribute this content to readers around the world. In this way, these popular RSS feeds allow an author to acquire thousands of new readers without lifting a finger. Furthermore, some of the most popular RSS feeds translate the author’s works into other languages; consequently, these popular RSS feeds act as a virtual tower of Babel which works to reduce cross cultural conflicts.