Feb 24, 2011

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My Life’s Quirks – Google Reader Saved My Sanity

I love blogging.  I also love reading other blogs.  Both help feed my book addiction.  Trouble is, since I started blogging, I have met many other bloggers and these bloggers all have wonderful blogs that I want to read every day.  I used to bookmark their sites and check them every morning.  Then I would meet new bloggers and add their blogs to my ever growing list.  Eventually, I hit 100 blogs…and I started to panic.  Because every time I clicked on my bookmarked blog folder, they all stared at me, begging me for attention.  There was no way I was going to be able to check all of these blogs every day, but I was willing to give it my best.  Most of these blogs didn’t even post every day, but I’d have to click on them in order to find that out, wasting precious time that I could be using reading a new blog post on another favorite blog!  I started feeling bad that I wasn’t able to visit all of my favorite blogs.  I fell so behind…I wanted to cry.  I felt as though I was losing my mind trying to follow that many blogs – but couldn’t find it in me to not follow them all.

One day, I was venting to someone about my problem and how I was starting to question my sanity when someone uttered the words Google Reader.  Naturally, I said ‘huh?’  I looked into it and found out that it was the best thing ever!  Google Reader lets you keep track of all of your favorite blogs…all in one place.  You can even read it there!  You can’t comment on it, but you can click on the article and it will send you to the blog where you can have your say.  But my most favorite part of Google Reader is that when blogs post something, the blogs name shows up in bold letters!  So I don’t have to surf over 100 blogs to see if they posted new content – that’s pretty much done for me!  And all of my blogs are right there, in one place, all in front of me, all at once!  And I don’t do this, but you can even create folders and organize your blogs.  You can put all of the author blog you follow in one folder and your mostest favorite blogs in another folder.  How clever is that?!

Now there are two ways you can add a blog to Google Reader.  (Oh, but first, you need to make sure you have a Google account).  You can either subscribe clicking on this symbol   that you find on most blogs and chose to add the blog to Google Reader or you can click on the little Join this site button on the sidebar on this box .  Either one will work, but the latter will show your little avatar for all to see and for the blogger to smile at.  🙂

If you are like me and follow an insane amount of blogs (all amazing and totally worth following) but you are starting to feel your mind slip a little from trying to follow so many blogs, then you should check out Google Reader.  For me it was worth it.  Maybe it will be for you too!

Google Reader saved my sanity.  Just another one of my life’s quirks.

  1. Ohh I spy a lovely blog first in your Google Reader 🙂

    I don’t know how I would survive without my GR. I have around 300 blogs I scroll through. It completes me.

  2. I love Google Reader-I just need to check it more often!

  3. Katie – What? Which blog are you talking about? 😉 And 300 blogs?! Holy cow girl!

    Colette – Yes, that is one thing. If you can’t look at it every day or two, suddenly you open it and there are 357 posts just staring at you. LOL

  4. Julie I love you forever for this suggestion! I was worried I wouldn’t really like it or I wouldn’t figure out how to use it but after this past weekend putting all of my blogs that I follow into my google account it has made a WORLD of difference! I still have trouble getting to everyones blogs daily but it does help a lot so I am not doing the clicking on their blog, the blog page uploading and then finding out that they didn’t even post anything new that day! With my little computer at home it takes forever for the thing to upload these sites and I also almost lost my mind! I love Google Reader and I’m so happy you suggested it! 😀

  5. I love me some Google Reader. I have no idea how I’d keep up with all my favorite blogs if it didn’t exist.

  6. Google Reader saved my sanity too!
    My only regret is that you can’t comment on it.
    Fortunately it does have the option to change all the unread posts to ‘read’ at once, when you haven’t been able to check it for a couple of days in a row. 🙂

  7. I love Google Reader. I too have a list of around 300 book related blogs. I read them on my iPod to browse when I have a few moments to spare and use the Email feature to send the posts I want to comment on to my desktop (like this one).

    There is a third way to add a blog to google reader – on the Google Reader page – click the blue Add Subscription button and paste in the URL of the webpage – the reader will then discover any feeds from the page, handy if its not a blogger blog 🙂

    Shelleyrae @ book’d Out
    http://www.bookdout.wordpress.com

  8. Deanna – I’m so glad it’s working for you! 🙂

    Jen – Yes, the person who invented it is genius.

    Janna – It would be easier if you could comment on it, but it’s nice to actually go to the blog too and get the full effect of the post sometimes. Plus, it counts towards a ‘hit’ for the blogger that day…and that’s always fun. 🙂

    Shelleyrae – I had forgotten about adding a blog via the Google Reader page itself. Thanks for mentioning it!

  9. Google Reader is a godsend! I didn’t know about the ability to split things into folders though. That’s even better. Thanks for the tip Julie!

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