As promised, I'm going to show you how to equip your blog with your very own RSS feed. My experience is with FeedBurner. There are others, but like I said, I have experience with FeedBurner.
First things first. If you haven't registered yet, jump right in. After you register, you will be asked to "Burn a feed right this instant." Translated, it means put the URL of your blog in the box, and click next.
Since a website URL was typed in, FeedBurner looks for your feed. Sometimes you have two. In this case I selected the RSS option, then click next.
The next page gives you a chance to change the title of your feed, and shows you your feed address. If you are happy, click activate.
The next screen is the congrats stuff. I just click on Skip directly to feed management. That takes you to a screen with several tabs across the top of the page. Click on the Optimize tab. You will see a row of options in the left sidebar. Click SmartFeed and activate that service. This makes your feed compatible with all readers.
Before you go any further, look around. Click all the tabs and run down the left sidebar. There are many ways to customize your feed. When you are happy with what you have you are ready to Publicize your feed.
Select the Publicize tab and click Chicklet Chooser in the sidebar. This is where you choose the icon you want displayed and any additional readers you want displayed. (Remember, you don't have to show all the readers, the feed will automatically translate your feed into a format that can be used by your visitors' feed reader application.)
Scroll down the the bottom of the page and select Blogger. Copy this code. It is what you will paste in your sidebar widget.
Oh, by the way, if you want to use your own RSS feed icon, that is easily done. Do you see the png file in the above image? Upload your image to your webhost (I use RipWay) and then replace http://www.feedburner.com/fb/images/pub/feed=icon32x32.png with your own image location.