How to Subscribe to a Blog via a Reader

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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! :)

Step 3: Click on the Reader icon which can usually be found in the top right corner of most blogs:How to subscribe to a a blog via Reader

Step 4: Choose the platform through which you wish to subscribe. In my case, its Google:How to Subscribe to a blog via a Reader

Step 5: Then click Google Reader. You may be asked to sign in if you are not already signed in to your Google to subscribe to a blog via reader

Step 6: The new blog appears in the Reader section of your Google account:How to subscribe to a blog via reader

Step 7: How to find your Reader: Log into Gmail or your Google Account. Choose MORE from the very top menu. Then Click Reader in the drop down menu:How to subscribe to a blog via Reader

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:

  1. Go to the HOME page of the blog you wish to subscribe to.
  2. Copy that address.
  3. Login into Google Reader.
  4. In the top left corner, you will see a red button labeled “Subscribe”. Click it.
  5. Paste the address into the box that appears.
  6. Click “add” and you are all set.

How do you keep up with all the blogs you read?

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  1. I use Google Reader and email. Crazy? maybe. Here’s the confessional part: I subscribe to blogs via email on ones I comment on regularly. Not ever day, but I am there commenting at least weekly. The ones I read and don’t comment as often or we stay in touch another way, I subscribe via reader. guess you could say I prioritize. ::SIGH:: now I feel like a bad person. I might have to think more on this one–thank you!!

    • I have the blogs I read and comment on in a folder labeled “Read and Comment” in my Reader. Here is a confession: I get really excited about getting e-mail. So if I get an e-mail and it’s just a New Blog Post e-mail, it’s a let down for me! I’m weird I know. If I’m in my Reader, I’m there because I WANT to read and comment, so I’m more excited about what I see there. Does that make any sense?! Don’t feel bad at all! You’ve got to figure out what works for you!

  2. I actually just got rid of my Google Reader. It never let’s me update, and it frustrates me to no end!

  3. This was so good. I deleted most blogs off my email and now i am having trouble keeping up. It is also hard to type this on my phone going over the bumps of New York City.o

  4. My reading changed the day I discovered Google reader, even more so when I found the android app! You have made it easy to subscribe via RSS. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve visited that make it so.hard to find their RSS or don’t even offer it.

    • Thank you for the compliment! As a Reader user myself, I knew placement of that important little button was key!
      Mary Beth

  5. Sharon O says:

    I have google reader and also I have blogs coming into my email because it is easier for me to see them there.
    The biggest issue is deleting a good post. I have too many left over in my email box.

    • Have you thought about using folders to store your good posts in so that they aren’t in your inbox but saved in you email account?
      Mary Beth

  6. soulstops says:

    What a helpful post for a tech-challenged person like me…Thank you, Mary Beth :)

  7. Another great tip – which works in Google Reader – is to create folders. Then, if you’re like me, you can read your favorites first and leave the others till you have more time.

  8. Katharine Barrett says:

    I love my Google reader! Stopping in from oyht, Blessings on your day!

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