This Post is dedicated to my IRL* Friends
*IRL = In Real Life (defined primarily for my IRL friends)
Every time I try to tell most of my IRL friends about my love affair with Google Reader I get the same puzzled looks and questions over and over:
- A blog “delivery service?” Huh?
- Never miss my favorite blogger’s posts without being sent an email??
- AND it also works with my iPhone (or any phone that can access the internet), iPod Touch or iPad?
(And every time I repeated this “Yes” their eyes get a little wider)
This concept changed my busy, On-the-Go Momma life as it related to blog reading.
(Because yes folks, I too am a blog stalker. There are certain blogs that I just can’t wait to read. And although I might not always leave a comment, I am always there with these bloggers, every step of the way.)
So in an attempt to educate the other busy, on-the-go, wanna-be-successful-blog-stalkers out there, I decided to create this beginners guide: The Busy, On-the-Go Momma’s Guide on
Successful Blog Stalking How to Read Blogs
*If you blog you might already know some of this… but do your readers? Consider sharing this post on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook!
** If you already use Google Reader do you fully use all it’s features? Let me show you how I use it!
*** If you are a blog
stalker reader like me… this post most definitely IS for you
Blog Stalking Made Easy
It is so simple really. Let me prove it to you! It all starts with Google Reader.
Google Reader isn’t an app. It isn’t a download. It isn’t even something that you need to purchase. It’s free and all you need is a Google account.
STEP 1: Go to Goggle.com > In the upper right hand corner click “Sign In” > Then either sign into your account or click “Sign-up for a New Google Account.”
Once you are logged into your Goggle Account you’ll have to find Reader. To do this:
STEP 2: On the top navigation bar of Google click on “More” and navigate down to “Reader”
Then I suggest adding the Reader site as a bookmark in your web browser (Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.)
And there you are. Voila! Google Reader!
Now all you need to do is add some blogs and you are ready for “Blog Delivery”
Add or “Subscribe” to Your Favorite Blogs
Once you have a google reader account. You can:
- Add Any Blog Site’s URL to It (See #1 on image below)
Click the “subscribe” button in your Google Reader, type in the blog URL, then click “Add.”
- Organize Your Blogs into Categories (See #2 on image below)
You can see some of my own categories listed under “Subscriptions” on the screen capture below – I use categories a lot to better organize the different types of blogs I read.
- Read the Blog (See #3 on image below)
Read in Goggle Reader OR click on the blog title to go directly to the blog site.
Once you’ve read a post it will no longer be bolded (to indicate that it has been read). Each time a blog you subscribe to adds a new post, it will automatically be updated on your Google Reader page.
Other Great Google Reader Tools
At the top of Google Reader you will see areas to:
- Mark All Items as Read (indicated by blue star on above image)
Sometimes life happens and you can’t keep up, don’t be scared to click “Mark All as Read” and start fresh – that’s what it’s there for!
- Search (indicated by yellow star on above image)
Ever read a blog post then later want to return to it yet you’ve forgotten which blogger wrote it? You can enter a key word(s) into the search box and Google Reader will look through any blogs you subscribe to and find the blogs that have used this key word!
- View Posts in the Way the Suites YOU (indicated by green star on above image)
You can choose to view posts in your Google Reader as a list (of the blog and post title) or as a full post (with all the text and image content)
At the bottom of each post you read on Google Reader you can:
- Star a Post (indicated by big & small red stars on above image)
“Star” any post to add it to the “Starred Item” folder so you can go back to it later.
- Add tags (indicated by big & small purple stars on above image)
Instead of starring a post I often tag it. This allows me to further categorize blog posts I would like to remember. (Currently I have 5 common “tags” I use shown beside the small purple star)
- Share the Post (indicated by orange star on above image)
This can be done via Goggle + or by email directly in Reader. (A lot of posts will also add a link to Share on Facebook but if you don’t see this, just click on the post title to take you to the blogger’s actual site and use their site’s share tools OR copy/past the post link into Facebook.)
Stalk Read Your Favorite Blogs from Anywhere
And to top all this off, Google Reader can be accessed by any computer or devise that allows you to access the internet and a web browser.
There are also all sorts of iPhone and iPad apps (I use Feedler) which make using Google Reader via a mobile devise even better and easier to do! And they all sync. (Meaning if you read a post on your phone via your reader, it marks it as read when you view your reader elsewhere such as on your computer.)
For me, Google Reader has made my blog reading habit
even worse much easier to handle.
So go ahead! Give it a try!
(And maybe consider subscribing to On-the-Go Momma while your at it?)
Leave a Comment: So what do you think? Will you give Google Reader a try? If you already use Google Reader, what do you love most about it?
*Oh, and if you are a fan of my typical On-the-Go Momma posts, don’t worry… Next week I’ll be back to the norm. Promise!
**Note: This IS NOT a sponsored post! Seriously, like anyone would pay me to write this anyway?!