If you’ve been around the blogging world for long, you’ve certainly run into the use of readers to view blogs and other websites. I’m am by no means an expert, but here are the absolute basics on subscribing to RSS feeds.
First, who should use a feed reader? Well, really anyone. But if any of the following describes you, then you would certainly benefit from a feed reader in your life.
- you read multiple blogs
- you want to have updates throughout the day, as opposed to once a day through a daily digest email
- you forget your favorite blog’s urls
- you want to stay up-to-date in the most efficient manner
The advantage of a reader? You can check your favorite blogs just like you check your email. I read about 30 blogs a day. Using a reader saves me so much time.
There are tons of feed readers out there and each person has their own favorite. I use Google Reader simply because Facebook Kate told me to two years ago. And she set up my account for me. It works with all of Google’s products and you can access it from your Gmail account (you are using Gmail, right?).
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a Google account and how to set up and maintain your Google Reader.
STEP ONE: Set up a Google account (if you don’t already have one — your Gmail account is your Google account).
Just go to Google Reader and click “create an account.” Follow the directions. Now you have an account (which also serves as a general Google account).
STEP TWO: Set up your Google reader
If you already have a Gmail account, log into your account and look at the top of your email page. Click “Reader.” Now you’re ready to add blogs to your reader.
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STEP THREE: Add blogs
Click “Add a subscription” right under the Google logo in the upper left corner. Type your favorite blog’s url into the box and click “Add.” That blog will appear in the left hand side section of the page. Repeat for each blog you want to follow.
STEP FOUR: Read the blogs
When a blog posts, the blog’s name will appear in a bold font. Click the blog name and the new posts will appear to the right.
Use your mouse to scroll down and read all the posts you haven’t viewed yet. The blog’s name will change from bold to regular once you’ve read the new content.
If you want to view the actual post, just click on the post’s title. A new page will open up and you will now be viewing the actual blog. Now you can read reader comments and comment yourself.
If you want to view the blog’s home page, just click on the blog’s title. The blog will come up on a new page.
Once you’re set up, you can tinker around with the settings and options. You can organize your blogs by category, too (deal, decorating, parenting, encouragement, friends, etc).
There you go. Easy. Now you’re ready to play with the big boys!
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