Google Reader to help you find stuff!
I am fairly new to blogging (making up for lost time though 😉 I use blogger cause it works well with my other google stuff such as Picasa web albums, that was were I got started, wanting to share some photos with friends and spotting the blog it button on Picassa.
I love people’s blogs, they are such a great source of information and inspiration and they help me feel connected to the world (particularly whilst I have been pretty much stuck in the house of late recovering from surgery on my foot). I currently follow 134 blogs (although it will probably be more than that by the time you are reading this!) and at the moment have time to read most of the new posts. Soon I will have to start doing normal things like school runs, shopping, cleaning, cooking and I will have less time so unfortunatley will have to be more selective.
I frequently come across a post in a blog and think I must remember that, or a tutorial and I think wow I want to have a go at that but how do you get organised to find it again?
Luckily I have found a solution – Google Reader – thanks to a post on one of the blogs I follow – http://craftbloguk.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-manage-blog-following-with.html This is one of the blogs I would love to go back and read some of the previous posts on as there is loads of great advice about running a craft blog, mainly aimed at people who sell their work, I guess that will be me one day.
So Goggle reader lets you organise the blogs you follow and also star and tag posts. I have only just started with it but already I have gone back and found a couple of things I really wanted to try out and starred them and tagged somethings with – want to try it. Now I should be able to find them again – hurrah!
Also you can search, so when I wanted to find that tutorial I saw a while ago for an Easter basket I did a search and was able to find it quickly – rather than the old days… “hmm what blog did I see that on again?” and hours of searching. I am loving this Google Reader!
Just need to find time to try all these things now…..