Friday, March 27, 2009

Google Reader makes it easier

Several of my faithful readers (!) have noted that they don't know when I post a new post to my blog, and it's a pain to have to go to the webpage all the time. So here is a solution.

Use Google Reader.

This is an application that allows you to "subscribe" to blogs you like, and then you can easily see if there are new posts. It's very cool.

Here are instructions to sign up for and use a Google reader account: (if you don’t already have a Google account or a Gmail account, you have to sign up - if you already have a Google account, sign in and go to step 5)
  1. go to Google.com and look for a button that says “create account” or click on this link
  2. just type in your current email address, create a password, and complete the info they ask you for (very minimal)
  3. they send an email to your email account, you click on it, and you are set!
  4. now go back to Google.com and sign in using your email account and password (that you just created)
  5. now click on My Account (upper right hand corner) and then click on Reader
  6. on the top left it says Add A Subscription
  7. click on that, and type in MotherThoughts
  8. when you see my blog listed, click on Subscribe
  9. now you will see MotherThoughts (10) on the left, if you click on it, you will see the first few sentences of my last 10 posts
  10. click on a post, and it will take you to my blog, to that post!
  11. now add some other subscriptions to blogs you like!
  12. now, all you have to do is come back to Google Reader in order to see if there are new posts! Cool, huh?

4 comments:

Barb said...

I recently started using Google Reader and I LOVE it! It makes it way easier to keep up to date on my favorite blogs (like this one!).

AS said...

Hi Adena,
I just discovered you can also do the same thing when viewing you in Firefox. Look in the URL line. To the far right is an orange icon. I think it is an RSS feed. Click on that, and it asks you if you want to bookmark the page. If you do, then the same thing happens, when you click on Motherthoughts in your saved bookmark you see the last 10 posts.
That saves so much time!

Anonymous said...

You read my mind! Your technically challenged friends thank you for the step by step.
B

Bambi said...

Very cool! I have never been able to figure out how to get it to work! The step by step was key for me. Hi I just thought I'd leave something for the mothers: The Great Mother. This is an excellent documentary about the Dalai Lama's mother (and motherhood in general) that shows on PBS sometimes. It uses the life of the Dalai Lama to look at all of the aspects of motherhood, to examine what it's like to be a mom of a great man like the Dalai Lama, but also to look at what everyday motherhood is like. There are contributions by Alice Walker and other writers as well, copies are for sale at the site and there's also a list of times and dates for the PBS stations.