Google Reader

Do you read a lot of blogs? Ever wish the posts would come to you instead of you going to them? If you’ve not already met Google Reader, I’d like to introduce you. Say hello to Google Reader…

Google Reader allows me to manage a high volume of blog reading. It saves time because I don’t have to click on each blog I want to read, instead it all comes to me. I’ve set up folders in my Google Reader to help manage the different kinds of blogs I read. My folders include:

Blogs I’m Following (If you follow blogs — you know click the “follow” button on the sidebar of many blogs — then this folder is automatically created for you in Reader.)

Creativity

Favorites

School

Slicers

Writing

I have my Google Reader connected to my iGoogle homepage which is set to appear each time I hop on the internet. So I always know how many “unread” items are waiting for me. There is also a powerful sharing feature, but I haven’t taken the time to figure it out. In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that sometimes I keep up with my Google Reader and sometimes I just have to go in and click “Mark All Read” and start again. Currently there are 256 unread items in my Reader. Sometimes blog reading just slides to the back burner. Other times there are 2 unread items.

I also have to be a little more intentional about leaving comments. It’s easy to fall into the trap of take-take-take when bouncing from blog to blog. However, as a blogger on the other end of the computer, I know comments are crucial to fueling me. So I try to slow down and leave comments.

I hope you have some time to play with your own Google Reader and see how it helps you be more efficient with your blog reading. Regardless whether you have time to set it up right now, will you share 3-5 blogs you wouldn’t want your Reader to be without?