Wednesday, February 15, 2012

google reader {tutorial}

Personally, I love reading blogs through a reader. There's something so easy with having everything in one spot. I've used Google Reader for years and find their layout to be simple and very user friendly. Here's the gist...

subscribe screen shot

Once you open your Google Reader page (if you have a gmail account, you have Google Reader), you can easily subscribe to blogs by clicking subscribe and entering the URL. You'll see all your subscriptions on the left hand side, and any with new posts will be highlighted. (This is only a few of the blogs I subscribe to. There's no way they would all fit on one page.)

google reader page


You can also create blog categories. Sewing, Knitting, Food, whatever category you want, which helps organize your reads even more. Want to remember a post that you might want to come back to? Simply star it, and it will remain in your starred items until you remove it.


subscription screen shot

You've probably seen the ever popular Google Friend Connect that is on many blogs. This is such a convenient way to subscribe to blogs. One click and it easily dumps it into your Google Reader feed. However, Google has been making some changes over the last several months. Starting March 1st, this feature will no longer be available for non-blogger blogs. Instead, Google is encouraging those blogs to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on your site (you can also read more info here).

I imagine this proposes a great inconvenience to those who have relied on this feature for so many years. This does not mean non-blogger blogs cannot continue using Google Reader. It simply means that Google Friend Connect, a service that provides an easy way to subscribe, will no longer be available for those blogs. It also means that if you have followed non-blogger blogs through Google Friend Connect that you will need to subscribe to those blogs another way. So, either 1. you need to get on Google+, or 2. find another service to offer your readers. You'll also need to change the way you've subscribed to non-blogger blogs because come March 1st you won't see them in your reader if you subscribed through GFC! To continue following through Google Reader, simply click the RSS feed and choose Google Reader.

This post is part of a series with other bloggers. Visit other reader options in this series...

Linky Followers at Studio JRU


Bloglovin' at Beyond Words Designs


Blog Sidebar at Them Pates


What's your favorite way to follow blogs?

7 comments :

MaryAnne said...

LOVE google reader!

Tracy Jo said...

Very helpful. Thank you!

Toby Baxley said...

I view blogs almost exclusively on Google reader. It helps me get through a bunch of blog posts in a short time. I've found that Google Reader and RSS are helpful for more than just blogs, though. I actually posted a video on my blog a few months ago where I showed a few of the lesser-known uses of RSS and Google reader.

http://www.tobybaxley.com/2011/07/how-to-use-rss.html

Renee said...

I usually read all the blogs I follow through blogger. When I'm away from home I use google reader but my app doesn't allow me to comment. I'm going to have to learn how to use google better in the coming months. Thanks for the tutorial!

Suz and Allan said...

I started using google reader exclusively once I had problems with blogs I followed not appearing on blogger. Fingers crossed google reader doesn't have problems come March 1!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial Jen! I hope people all understand even if they are a blogger blog, these changes are going to change the way they follow all non blogger blogs. They will have to make sure they are 'subscribed' through google reader and not 'following' through google reader. Confusing... yes. :)

Stephanie said...

Great point Jennifer about following non-blogger blogs. There are really great choices out there, but they may require a bit of time to transfer blogs over especially if you are following TONS of them. Start NOW!

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