I’ve gotten several reports their’s a problem with the feed from this site via Feedburner like this one from Andrew:

I was trying to subscribe to your rss feed on mymicroisv.com through Firefox livebookmarks and through Thunderbird RSS reader. They both failed, telling that http://feeds.feedburner.com/MyMicro-isv is not valid RSS feed.

I hope you’ll fix that.

I can subscribe to the feed in FeedDemon, FF2, Outlook 2007, but not IE 7. I’ve emailed Feedburner, but no response. If there’s a RSS Wizard reading this, any help would be greatly appreciated. In fact, if you’re in the U.S., I’ll mail you a free copy of my blogging book when it comes out in about a month. Thanks!


  1. Different feed readers use different XML Parsers to interpret a RSS feed. I’m presuming that FireFox and Thunderbird’s is pretty strict as it appears that they were choking on an unescaped “&” character in your feed.
    I discovered this by running your feed through the FeedValidator.org and it pinpointed exactly where the problem was.

  2. Hey there,
    I am so sorry that no one from FeedBurner has responded to your e-mail this far. Anyhow, took a look at your feed and it appears you have an error in your source feed (and since we simply republish your source the error remains on our end). To fix it you want to head to FeedValidator.org and enter your feed address or click on this link (http://www.feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.feedburner.com%2FMyMicro-isv). FeedValidator will show the error and you’ll need to hop into your source feed and make the changes. If you need any more help please shoot me a note!
    Eric Olson
    Publisher Services – FeedBurner
    E-mail: erico@feedburner.com
    Office: 312.756.0022 x2034
    Mobile: 508.335.9221
    Skype/AIM: EricJohnOlson

  3. Hi Bob,
    I’ve had a quick look at your feed and it appears that it isn’t valid XML: if you load it into (say) IE or Visual Studio you can see an unquoted ampersand on line 83 in the item “Localizing and Translating Software”, specifically, “(Winner 2006 Silver Faucet Award
    Guitar and Drum Trainer – SIA Best Application Using .NET 2005 & 2006)”. It should be &.
    Depending on how the RSS software parses the feed, they might get some of it or none of it, which could explain the differences in browsers. (For example, in our FeedGhost application, we can grab all the articles up until that particular one, which is marked as broken).
    Hope that helps,
    Stu Smith (FeedGhost)

  4. To add to the confusion: I’m getting 2-4 duplicates of every post using google feed reader.

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