While almost everyone publishes an RSS feed now, there are still a few holdouts from the the old days of Blogger who are too lazy or too curmodgeonly to turn theirs on. A few of these I’ve bookmarked and check periodically, but usually if someone doesn’t publish a feed I just don’t bother reading him.
No more. Ponyfish is a service that creates RSS feeds for sites that don’t have them. It’s very easy to use: just input the URL, click on typical links of new entries, and Ponyfish learns what new content looks like. It’s not quite as good as a real RSS feed, since the free version only updates once every four hours and on the site I tried doesn’t display content, but it’s a lot better than manually checking a bookmark every day. Try it out.
It will work for sites other than weblogs, too, as long as there’s some kind of pattern to new content links.