“Using up my bookmarks / Clogging my mind
Read this, dont read that / Cant you read my blog?”
(Apologies to the Five Man Electrical Band.)
Heres a brief non-travel, non-running related post about a quick way to keep track of your favorite blogs.
If youre reading Planes, Trains & Automobiles then chances are good that you read other blogs hosted in many locations, not just the Enterprise-Record’s Norcal Blogs. Now if your method of checking for new posts has been the same as mine then I have a suggestion for a faster way: Google Reader.
Until I found Google Reader my modus operandi was to bookmark each blog and then periodically check them one by one for updates. Pretty tedious, wouldnt you say?
Now all I need to do is log in to my Google Reader account to see if any of the blogs have been updated.
It’s really simple:
Step 1 Set up a Google account if you dont already have one for Google Groups, Google Maps, G-mail, etc.
Step 2 Go to Google Reader, sign in and specify the URLs for the blogs you are tracking. (This is called adding a subscription”.)
Step 3 When you want to see if any of the blogs have been updated you just sign in to Google Reader.
Take a look at two screenshots of my Google Reader homepage:
To the left is the portion of the homepage that lists the blogs to which I have subscriptions.
The blog names in bold font contain new posts.
The number in parentheses indicates the number of new posts.
For example, the blog Rafi on the Rails contains one new post.
This larger chunk of the Google Reader homepage shows not only the list of blogs but also the first few lines of each blog with a new post.
From here I can read the entire post within Google Reader or I can go directly to the source should I wish to see the blog in its original format, or to read or add comments.
Thats all there is to it. Get started at www.google.com/reader !
Would you like to get an e-mail reminder when I add a new post to “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”?
Whether or not you use Google Reader I’m happy to include you in a blast e-mail to notify readers when I add a new post to “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”. Comment back to me with your e-mail address. (I won’t publish the comment with your e-mail address for all the world to see.)