Go, Go, Google Reader!

You might recall a post a while ago about making blog reading easier. Google Reader provides an easy way to keep up-to-date with all the blogs you read, in a fraction of the time it takes to manually visit and read sites. All you need is a google (gmail) account, the addresses of the blogs you want to read, and you’re set!

Here’s how it works:
1) Go to http://www.google.com/reader
2) Log in with your gmail account, or register as a new user
3) Once you are in the reader, click on “add subscription”. Type in or copy the blog address you like to read. If (hint, hint) it is this one, you would type, “http://www.supercinski.net”. That’s it.
4) Do this for all the blogs you want, and you can chose to categorize them (like “friends”, “faith and practice”, “homemaking”, or “culture”, whatever) by clicking on “Settings” in the top left.
5) When you feel like checking all your blogs later, go to the Google Reader page in step one, log in and all new posts will be bolded. If you want to read comments, you’ll have to click on the post to go to it, but if you just want to read the post, you can stay in that window. Just scrolling through the post will mark it as read so it won’t show up in bold (unread) later.

It’s that easy. If you have any questions, you can ask me, and I’ll try to answer. For even speedier reading, learn to use the keyboard shortcuts detailed here.

2 Responses to “Go, Go, Google Reader!”

  1. Megan says:

    The only thing that keeps it from being “one stop shopping” for me is that I can’t read my friend’s “friend’s only” entries on Livejournal. Otherwise, I like it a lot!

  2. Kevin says:

    Nice tutorial, Rachel! I did notice though that Google Reader doesn’t show your videos for some reason. I’m guessing it’s because reader doesnt pull in the Javascript… not that you care about the technical reasoning. I’ll shut up now.