Yes, I'm a dork... I openly admit it. So now you all know.
But maybe I'm not the only "clueless" person out there when it comes to blogging. Maybe.
I love to look at blogs and spend way too much time doing so. I saved a gazillion (well okay, maybe just around 100, though it could be more) blogs to my favourites, and some I had even signed up to get emailed whenever they posted something new. Faithfully every morning, I grab my cup of coffee and spend way too much time perusing my fave blogs, one-by-one, downloading each one and carefully checking to see if they posted something new that day, until 2-3 hours later I ran out of time and had to shut it down until the next day. Do you do this too? Am I (not) the only one?
Okay, for those of you who might be a blogging "dork" like me, and it takes a little while to figure things out... there's a better way! And I will share with you what I discovered. Yes, this is not new to probably a lot of you, but there may be another person out there in the blogosphere that might cross my blog, and read this post. This is for you. :)
Use Google Reader. It took me seriously 30 minutes to look through and read all of the new posts this morning - all 61 of them. I'm amazed, in shock. In love with Google Reader. :)
How do you get started with Google Reader? I guess this information is good only for those with a blog, but what you do is go to your Dashboard. Under the title of Reading List, there are 3 tabs, choose the one titled Blogs I'm Following. Below it you will see an ADD button. When you click on it, it will let you add the URLs for your favourite blogs. You are basically signing up to be a Follower of that blog. But the great thing is that once you are done, all you have to do is click on the tab in the lower right corner that is titled View in Google Reader. It opens another window and shows all the new posts from all your favourite blogs. No more looking at each one individually just to see if they had maybe posted something and finding that maybe they didn't.
Once you are done reading the new posts, you can click on Refresh and it clears all the new posts that you've already looked at/read. If there's any you want to keep, make sure you click on the Keep Unread for that specific post before you click on Refresh so it doesn't disappear.
Yes, there may be an even better way to do this. But I am so happy with my little discovery in my own little world, that I'm keeping it. For now at least, until something better comes my way. ;)