Saturday, January 10, 2009

Post 996: Managing Your Blog Reading

Do you know about Google Reader? If not, let me introduce you. Do you have blogs you've "bookmarked" and that you mean to read, but forget to go there? By going to Google Reader you can "add a subscription" to keep track of your favorite blogs. When you log in at Google Reader it will alert you to any blogs you are tracking that have new entries.

One down side for you the reader is that you cannot comment from the Reader. You must click on the blog name and actually go to the blog to comment. The down side for me the writer is that unless you plan to comment, and if you read it from the Reader and do not go to the blog, I lose a "hit", meaning my traffic appears to have gone down when in fact you may be still reading. Not that I pay attention to numbers or anything. Not me.

One other quirky thing I have found is that make sure you do want to read that blog. I subscribed to one blog that I read awhile and then lost interest. I tried unsubscribing several times and it keeps showing back up in my inbox. Luckily, it is just one I'm bored with, not one I object to, but it will not go away!

The up side, which is bigger than any downside, is that you can, by going to one website and at one glance, see who has written a new blog.

Updates:
William is back to his old self. He reports, however, that the world is too noisy and he wishes he could put a little water back into his ears. We were all laughing away this evening at the dinner table as he sat with his hands over his ears complaining about our loudness.

Did you ever think you were having a bad day? Ever think that you were so humiliated and it couldn't get any worse? It could, my friend. (This was the cause of our dinner time laughter.) Thank you, Bev, for forwarding it. I think it's gone viral now.

As of this morning, I am away with Lauren for her surgery to remove four wisdom teeth. May she breeze through with little pain.

6 comments:

Jennifer Jilks said...

Good post, Junosmom. I have found, though, that it is easy to unsubscribe to bloggers.

In one case, I found that the posts were against some of my principles, and I simply stopped reading it. Not that I am not open-minded, but as a blogger I read in the UK says, you only need to read the news once a day. Once people begin rehashing certain things, and are closed to new information, ideas, or being open-minded to differences, you just gotta back off!

Junosmom said...

So, Jennifer, this is not just me - they won't unsubscribe you once you subscribe. How unfortunate, as I love the service otherwise. Luckily, it is only one blog that I tried to remove.

Cloudia said...

Yes, reader helps for sure.

May she breeze through!
Aloha!

Travis Erwin said...

I'm proud to say I finally got my reader below 1000 unread posts today.

I'm also proud to call so many wonderful blogger friends. You among them. Many thanks for all you have done for me and my family. The supports has been humbling, overwhelming, and much appreciated.

Jennifer Jilks said...

I find I get bored with some blogs. Or jealous of, say, trip to vacation spots while I look out and see -25 C. outside! :-Q

I found underneath the frame that lists the blogs - this: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#overview-page

on this page you can unsubscribe, delelete or move posts to folders. That is in my Firefox browser, might not work in others...

good luck!

BTW
My MTM (or is that redundant?!) is up. Yay, Port Carling!

pita-woman said...

I find that by signing up to "follow" a blog from my dashboard, it let's me know when those blogs have new entries. To me this is much easier than the blogger-reader, and I've never had any problems adding or removing blogsites.

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