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Monday, June 2, 2008

Google Reader

Have you tried Google Reader? This is the way to keep up with all your blogs!

I was spending a lot of time checking in with blogs, seeing if anyone added someting new. Well, Google Reader lets ME know when someone has put up a new posting! There is a tour you can take here that shows you how it works. There is also a super tutorial from Andy Wibbels here. He does a great job of explaining the simplicity of this super website! (And I need simple or I won't use it!)

Basically, you add the link to any blogs you keep up with...an example of my list is here...(the number next to the blog indicates how many people on Google Reader are signed up for that blog).

~* Home Is Where The ... (1)
A Bit of Pink Heaven (1)
A Cleverclogs' Blog (4)
a dog's life in the T... (23)
A Romantic Porch (16)
A SCRAPBOOK OF INSPIR... (17)
A Sofa In The Kitchen (5)
Alexa Lett (10)
All Things Bright and... (14)
Amongst The Oaks (13)
Annechovie (11)


Each day, Google Reader posts from your links every blog that has had an addition. It also gives you a small tease as to what your fave blogs are writing about. Here is what my personalized up-to-date posting list looks like for this morning (Monday):

Little Red House
Flowers, Flowers, Flowers! (And a New Computer...)
- I got a new computer -- yay! It's a Mac, and I love it. It's amazing how funny it feels not to have a computer for a few days. Is there such a thing as Bloggers Anonymous? Some days I feel
6:12 AM
Creative Art and Craft by Alison Gibbs
I SAW RED & SWAP GOODIES
- I SAW RED Sara from Sadie Olive Le Journal is hosting an ‘I Saw Red’ event from 2nd June - 8th June. Go check it out. Today ‘I Saw Red’ – Light your Heart on Fire with Redheads matches


6:09 AM
Gingerbread
Project Blue ~ Take 2
- Project Blue is well and truly underway.. check out all the other contributions on Anna Carson's photography blog :) Today's blue features Jem's (now outgrown, mum couldn't bear


5:19 AM
Gingerbread
Thank You :)
- Thanks so much dear bloggy pals for leaving such sweet and thoughtful messages here on Friday! You made my day SO special, and I'm very grateful!! :) Sorry for not replying personally but I'


5:17 AM
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Ruth St. Denis - Dancing Diva
- I'm on a dance roll these past couple of weeks for some reason! First the ballet post last week and now vintage modern dance (if there is such a thing as "vintage" modern!) Here we have Ruth St. Deni

5:07 AM
The Inspired Room
Dreamy Seaside Cottage Living
- I thought you all might enjoy a peek at this Seaside Sanctuary from the June 2008 issue of Architectural Digest! The setting, the simplicity, the cottage gardens…I could get used to that!

4:16 AM
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Portfolio update...
- All you Tricia Guild and Designers Guild fans.............. James Merrell (photographer for Designers Guild advertisements and Tricia Guild's interiors and flowers books) has updated his lovely websi

If I want to look at the blog, I just click on the title and it brings up the post for the day through Google Reader. At the end of each post, you can click the "NEXT" button to bring you to the next blog on your list. If you want to leave a comment, you can click in to the post's comment section.

In this way, I can check in with all of you in a relatively short period of time which leaves me more time to read what you have to say (and, after all, that IS the fun part!)

Whether I have an hour to surf around or just a few minutes before the bus pulls up in front of the house, Google Reader does all the work for me by filtering through my favorite blogs (which are all listed on my sidebar to the right plus a few more I have not put there yet!) and delivering them right to my "doorstep".

I had to share this with you, it is just too cool!

29 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Tara. Google Reader is fabulous..
It sure gives you more time to just read everyones blogs instead of going and finding they haven't posted anything.
It takes a while to set up if you have a lot you want to look at but is so worth it.
Have a great week
Alison

Adrienne said...

Hi Tara -
I discovered and started using Google Reader several weeks ago and I LOVE it! It does cut down on my blogging time. I love not having to search each blog on my list to see if there is something new. This is a great way to go.
~Adrienne~

Brenda said...

wow just to smart.

Oliver Rain said...

I immediately headed over there and started getting myself set up. I think this is the perfect way to efficiently manage my daily blogging. Thanks Tara. Have a great week.

Pat said...

Thanks Tara! I really need to use something like this as I seem to have less blog time now that summer is approaching. I feel bad that I haven't kept up as well as I use to.
Hugs, Pat

Blanca said...

Wow thanks for the info. I will have to check it out, I'm sure that is a great time saving tool.

Blanca

CIELO said...

Very informative and time saving... thanks for sharing this with the rest of us...

cielo

Firefly Hill said...

This sounds great... I am going over there now! Thanks Tara!

Annie

Mary said...

Wow, sounds great -- I really have to try that...thanks for the advice!
xoxo,
Mary

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Tara,
I have been hearing about this for a while. When I get done visiting all of my "guests" tonight, I am going to try to set up Google Reader. Thanks!
Penny

Cottage Contessa said...

Ok now this is truly BRILLIANT! Thank you Tara, I never knew, but now I will be doing this too! Awesome! Yippee!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

oh yeah tara i have been using google reader for quite a bit, without it I would NEVER keep up thats for sure!
alicia ~ time worn style

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Tara!
Thanks for the info on Google Reader! I need it, I'm reading more and more blogs and it's getting harder to keep up with everyone.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Hugs, Sherry

Tracy said...

Oh, this it good...as my list grow, I could really use something like this! Thanks so much, Tara! Happy Day ((HUGS))

bluemuf said...

Hi Tara, I just started using it last week and I love it.

Karen

dlyn said...

I use the built in feed-er in IE and it works much the same way - I love being able to tell if someone has a new post up. Came over to check out yur blog after seeing the photo of baby birds on Kacey's site. Nice blog and I added you to my reader, so I can come back easily!

spot said...

dear T

sorry to hear about the rain in the basement. Our storm came from France so it is clearly their fault (as are most of the truly irritating things in life apart from good food, wine, male fashion designers and attractive poodles). Thanks for the tip, although it makes us feel guilty for not blogging more often.

love Spot

Terri said...

Hmmmmm
That's interesting. I will have to check it out! Thanks for the tip.
God bless.
Terri

Janet said...

Tara,

I started using it a couple of weeks ago and I find it helps with "Bloggers Guilt". Much more efficient use of my blogging time.

Janet

Donna said...

I've got to try that! What a great idea and a time saver. Thanks for the tip!
Hugs,
Donna

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi Tara, I found Google reader a few months ago. I dont know what I did without it! It is a really great tool to be able to just check and see who has posted.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is great info! I will have to check it out. That way I'll know who has something new posted! Thanks!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, Tara this is wonderful information, as time goes on my list of favorite blogs gets longer, and this sounds like a wonderful solution. By the way what a compliment to see me on your list of blogs that you read. I must go and see about this. By the way Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses is having a Front Porch party tomorrow. Thank you, Karen

Joy said...

This is a great idea! I will have to give it a shot once I figure it all out. Thanks for the info!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Tara - you're a legend - I've mentioned your post here on my next post - up in about an hour

hugs

Felicity

That Girl Designs said...

thanks for bringing this to my attention! i found you by way of All Things...

Cote de Texas said...

Tara, actually the number besides the blog tells you how many articles there are in the blog unread by you. ONce you go to the blog and read it, you hit = all read, the number disappears. It builds up as posts builds up unread by you. Unless you know something different - that's how my google reader works. great article!!!
thanks for posting it.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I'm a google reader failure. I loved it at first, but when my blog hit 1000+ unread posts, I panicked and quit using it. Not because I wasn't keeping up, I WAS reading people's posts, but I guess I just added too many to keep up with each and every one! Especially those bloggers who post several times a day! Eeek, I failed with google reader!

Melissa

Firefly Nights said...

Luckily I found Google Reader a few weeks after I started blogging. What a big help it's been. Glad you found it, too.