I started reading blogs back in 2007 right after I graduated from college. I started my own little family blog when I got married that summer. I thought it would be a fun way to chronicle our marriage. I added my friends to my favorite blogs roll on the sidebar and clicked through to check up on them once in awhile. I got frustrated with having to click through and discovering that they had not updated. I also didn’t want to subscribe via e-mail because that would just crowd up my inbox.
Enter Google Reader.
A dear friend introduced me to Google Reader when I was complaining about this one day. She told me I could “subscribe” to blogs, and then the Reader would fetch them all the ONE convenient page for me to read. It would automatically update itself when folks posted, so I never had to click around to check again.
I realized at lunch with friends the other day, that even now, 5 years later, there are still folks who don’t know about Readers. So this one is for you Lindsey and Amy.
How to Subscribe to a Blog via Google Reader
I’m showing you specifically how to subscribe to Google Reader, but it should work for whatever platform you choose.
Step 1: Create a google account. (If you don’t already have one.) If you have a gmail address, that is your google account.
Step 2: Visit the homepage of the blog you wish to subscribe to. This one will work!
Isn’t that a fun trick?! Now you can subscribe to all your favorite blogs and find new posts all in one convenient place! Want to find a post you read several days ago, but can’t remember who wrote it? There is a SEARCH feature in Google Reader! Yay! You can also download apps to view your Reader on your phone, but I just went to my Reader in Safari and created, clicked the little box with an arrow in it, and chose add to homescreen. Which created a link to it on my homescreen (it looks like an app), and it works great!
Update: What do I do if there is no subscribe button on the blog?
You can still subscribe to a blog even if there isn’t a traditional subscribe button. Follow these steps:
- Go to the HOME page of the blog you wish to subscribe to.
- Copy that address.
- Login into Google Reader.
- In the top left corner, you will see a red button labeled “Subscribe”. Click it.
- Paste the address into the box that appears.
- Click “add” and you are all set.
How do you keep up with all the blogs you read?
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