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For those of you experienced blog readers… Any suggestions for newbies? Make sure you comment!
So you ready to jump on the blog band wagon?
First things first, what exactly is a blog? It’s a Web-log. So, a blog can be many things, but I’m going to keep this short, it’s basically an online journal whether it is a personal journal or based around a specific topic.
What do you read blogs with? Different people use different readers. I use Google Reader, and if you’re cool you will too. All you need to have is a google account. You can start adding subscriptions by going HERE. There is also a Getting Started page that is helpful. BUT if you learn visually, like me, this quick 2 minute video might be the most helpful…
So think of reading blogs as subscribing to a magazine. You just copy the URL (home page URL) at the top of the page of a blog you like and go to Add a Subscription in your reader and paste it. Every time a new post is written it will update your reader. Then it’s like reading the newspaper every day. You can read about any topic you like, crafting, politics, hairdressing, fashion, parenting, …anything! It’s also fun to keep track of your friends and family through blogging.
Husband also would like you to consider using Twitter. If you have a Twitter account you can follow your favorite blog’s and will be automatically updated with new posts.
Another suggestion from Husband is www.feedly.com . It’s a extension for Firefox and Google Chrome that turns all your blogs into magazine layout for your homepage. It also ties into Google reader and updates so you can go back and forth between both. I haven’t bought in yet. I’ll let you know if I do.
So how do you find blogs you WANT to read? Usually, I find blogs I like to read by other referring blogs. I start reading and bounce from one blog to the next. But first you have to start with a few you find on your own. But have no fear, there are a couple of places to look.
First, Technorati. This site keeps track of almost all blogs and categorizes them. Check out their popular lists or go to a topic your interested in and browse. Make sure you look at each of the blogs’ latest posts and decide if it’s something you would like to read on a daily/weekly basis. I like to try out blogs for a couple of weeks and if I don’t really enjoy them I erase them from my reader.
Second, in google reader you can search for a topic in the left hand corner where you would add a subscription address. It will then suggest blogs for you. Or just Google a topic! Anyone who’s anyone has a blog.
Why is it important to know how to be a blog reader? Because like everything technology…it’s the future. It’s how we get our news. It’s how we communicate. Also, if your not blogging your missing out because it’s fun.
So what is preventing you from entering the blogosphere? Let me help…ask me questions!
To get you started browsing…here are some of my favorite blogs right now:
MADE: My fave of the craft blogs. I love her style. Crisp and clean. She has so many good ideas as well.
Smitten Kitchen : Foodie blog with beautiful pictures.
Made by Lex: I love her style. She provides tutorials on how to sew fashionable accessories and clothing.
Everyone Needs Therapy: The only therapy blog I have been able to get into. I love her writing.
The Wednesday Chef: One of my original faves. The food is good …but her writing is even better.
Thug Life: Just for fun I’m going refer you to my B.I.L’s (Brother-in-law)…because he is just so funny.
If you want to keep reading on how to be a blog reader here are a couple helpful resources…
Understanding and Reading a Blog (for Newcomers)by John C. Dvorak – This article is a good resource for learning about traditional blog layouts and elements. *It has picture examples*
Wikipedia: Blog. More information on blogging terms and what a blog is.
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