Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Google Reader

I just saw a blog that was giving directions how to subscribe to posts on that blog and thought that was a good idea. I don't know much about subscriptions, but Mitchell told me recently about Google Reader. I'm posting directions to set up Google Reader. If you would like to use it, it helps you keep up to date with us without having to check in on us everyday. We all know that wastes your time since we don't get around to blogging every day.

How To Use Google Reader

Go to www.google.com/reader. If you don't already have an account, you'll need to get one. If you do, be sure you are signed in.

To add a blog to your list, all you have to do is find the bar on the left that says, "Add subscription" and click on that.

Type in the name or url of the blog you'd like to add. In this case, youredoingwhat.blogspot.com and then hit "enter".

You can add more blogs or webpages to your Google Reader and it will list all the unread updates on those blogs. You may have to tell it to mark all as read if you've already read them. It's just a computer and only knows what you tell it. ;-)

You can add this as a gadget to your iGoogle home page, too. If you don't already have an iGoogle home page, you can create one easily. Just go to the upper right corner (from google.com) and click on iGoogle. Follow the steps to create your own homepage in under 30 seconds. You can close any of the features on the page that you don't like.

Now click on Add stuff. In the little blue box on the right you can type "Google Reader" and click search. Click the Add it now button next to Google Reader. Go back to www.google.com and you should now have Google Reader as a box. You can drag these boxes around and set your page up however you'd like. When the bar that says "Google Reader" has a number in parentheses in it, there are blogs you haven't read yet. You can just click on any of the hyperlinks to see what is new.

Now you can easily keep up with what we're up to. Isn't that great?

There are other ways to do this, but I don't know them. Sorry.



JM said...

This would be great, but of all the blogs I check daily, yours is the only one that will show on the Google Reader. I get error messages on all the other ones I try to enter, including Mitchell's. Did you have to do something to enable yours to be posted?

Melissa Nelson said...

You can search for the name of the blog or just put in the url. I usually search for the name of a blog if it's got a blogspot address. That's how I added Mitchell's blog. I typed Controlled Disorder in the box to add a subscription. It came up with several options on the right. I just tried again and his blog was the 3rd one down. Then just click the subscribe button underneath it.

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

You are on my google reader already.


I like it --