I’m far from
a genius having superb internet savvy. Sure, I know how to Google something when necessary and even then, I sometimes have to click seven or eight links to figure out what it is I’m trying to figure out. So, no, I’m not going to win any awards for my internet intellect.
One thing I was really baffled by was how to keep up with all my favorite blogs. I know that it may be simple to a lot of people, but for me, it became quite a challenge. Sure Blogger and WordPress have the reader function where you can store urls of the blogs you want to follow but you can’t really organize anything. Plus, if you skip a day or more online, it’s painstaking to scroll back through everything that you want to catch up on.
So I went the route of subscribing to email notifications. I know what you’re thinking. She’s crazy as all get out. Yes…I
am was! I was getting so many emails I was losing track and it was just as bad as trying to keep up using that damn WordPress Reader.
Well, not too long ago one of the bloggers I follow mentioned in a post that he keeps organized with Google Reader. Hmmm…why the heck didn’t I think of that? Oh yeah, because I’m not an internet goddess, that’s why.
After reading that post and much investigation, I finally knew what that RSS-feeds button was for. You see, I would see those buttons on sites but had no clue how the heck to use them. I even offered them on my own blog because I knew somewhere someone knew what they meant and how to work them.
Basically, you hit the RSS feed button and a number of reader offerings pop
up for which to add that site’s url feed. I’m not sure about the other readers, but I found on Google Reader that you can organize your favorite blogs within folders that you create. So I have a faves folder, a writer tips folder, a poetry folder, a met-via-SheWrites folder, etc. You get the drift. Folders that contain unread articles are in bold and have the number notification of unread posts next to it. When you open the folder, you can distinguish which sites in that folder have the unread posts. They are also in bold and have unread post number notifications next to them.
There are other features like marking a post as read to get rid of the unread number or the favorite star which allows you to bookmark a post that you can refer back to later. There are probably a boatload of other functions but I’m still learning the basics so, yeah, that’s all I’ve got so far. I’m sure if you Google it, you’ll get way more info. I’m just glad I can now organize the numerous blogs I follow.
Now, if someone could help me out with following comment replies from other blogs, I would be truly indebted. I’m still subscribing to those via email. Ugh! Although, there are few blogs that I follow that don’t even offer a way to follow comment replies which is really weird. How am I to know if they even responded to my comment or not? Maybe it’s an oversight on their part and they don’t even realize they’re missing the option? And, yes, some blogs offer RSS comment subscriptions, but when I tested one, it seemed as if I got ALL of that blog’s comment responses from ALL of their posts. I could be confused about it. Help!
How do you keep up with your favorite blogs? Email or RSS feeds? Did you know what RSS feeds were or was I the only one kept in the dark? How do you keep up with comment replies from another blog? Would love to hear how other readers work.