Most of my “in real life” friends are not very into Social Media, Web 2.0, Blogging, Twitter, etc. Yep, they think I am kind of freaky, or more accurately geeky. But a few have even expressed interest in reading my blog but complain that they never know when I have posted something new.
So…I thought I would share with simple step-by-step instructions on keeping up with their favorite blogs using a Google Homepage. Google Homepage enables me to keep up with all my favorite blogs and is very simple and easy-to-use.
1. Make a list of blogs you want to read regularly. Some of my personal favorites: Michael Hyatt’s covers leadership, productivity, publishing, and much more, Pete Wilson’s is a great model of transparency and community, Don Miller’s reflects both his hilarity and deeply passionate fight to change the lives of fatherless young men, and Confession of a The Pioneer Woman beautifully captures life of a homeschooling mom on an Oklahoma ranch.
2. Visit one of the blogs and click on the RSS feed button. If you are not familiar with a RSS feed button, it should look something like this:
3. And if there is not an RSS feed located on the blog, then you can look at the right side of the URL toolbar. There almost always is one there.
4. After you have clicked on the RSS feed button, a new window should pop up.
5. You can choose how you would like to subscribe, via web-based news reader or delivered by email. I subscribe to a handful of blogs via email but I read the majority of them via my Google Homepage. To setup our Google homepage, select Google out of the web-bases news reader options.
6. Then choose to read in Google Homepage.
7. Another option is to read posts in a Google Reader. Candidly I tried this for awhile and if I got behind on reading posts, I found it overwhelming to dig around and prioritize what I needed to read.
8. Now, you are ready to go. Your Google homepage will be a dashboard of all your favorite posts. You can easily identify what is new and what you want to want to read. Also note that you can even set your Google Homepage up as your homepage by editing the preferences in your web browser. Doing this, allows you to see this dashboard anytime you open your browser.
Important Note: I use Mozilla Firefox for a web browser. I have noticed that using Safari sometimes does not give you the option of adding a blog’s feed to your Google Homepage.
Simple enough? Now friends, you have no excuse not to catch every single one of my blog posts.
For the more tech-savvy folks, how do you keep track of your favorite blogs? And what are your favorite blogs and why?