Thursday, February 10, 2011

A question for my friendly neighborhood bloggers...

How do you read the blogs you follow?

Seriously - I'm trying to figure out the best way.  I do my best to add a blog I'm following to my blog roll on the side of my blog and then I sit down and click from one to the other.  Of course that's hard to do at work as we all have such beautiful and colorful blogs and they... well draw attention to the fact that I'm hanging out with you guys instead of working.  And while they say - attention is good... who needs that kind of attention.

I've heard people talk about using Google Reader.  As it happens - I'm stupid.  It always totally annoys me when I discover this fact.  But I open Reader and first of all there are roughly 4 million blog posts (if I'm reading it correctly and you ignore the exaggeration).  I'm immediately overwhelmed of course.  But seriously, I can't figure out how it works.  I mean I get that it lists 1 blog at a time and has all the unread posts listed.  But... I can't figure out in what order these blogs are listed - though I'm thinking it must be alphabetical since I seem to remember Joey's being very near the top, but I'm not sure.

See what happens is - I open up reader and I stare at it in the little half window I have opened up on my desk top at work (so I'm only seeing half of the screen) and I click on this or that and and get all confused because I can't figure out how to find a blog I might be looking for without reading the first 3,999,999 other posts first then I quickly close reader for fear that my head might explode.  I take a few deep breaths.  I wish I had some whiskey nearby for a quick shot.  Then I think about how I wish I didn't have that unfortunate evening in highschool where I lost both any hope for ever being able to drink whiskey again and my virginity - because even if I did have the whiskey I coudln't drink it.  I do so love the idea of downing a shot of it now and again to calm frayed nerves... But I digress.

So, my friends... What method do you use to keep up?  And do your methods also make you think back to too much whiskey and the nakedness that ensued? 

9 comments:

Justawallflower said...

I have only attempted google reader a couple times, but it made me want to drink as well! I read from my dash board. It works well for me at home, but at work it is a pain bc I read from my phone, and it will only show me the last two posts bc of space. For some reason I can't scroll down. I usually miss a few bc of this,but try to go back and get them when I get home.

Banded Mommy said...

I just check my blogger dashboard. I look for ones that are new and give them a look over. Sometimes I don't have time to read them but I do give them a scan and read all of it when I have a moment. Sometimes I catch up on them when I am working out...makes the time go by faster :)

Jen said...

I just use blogger dashboard. Google reader is nice to do a quick review of everything, but you have to click the blog anyway to comment.

HUGS!

Barbara said...

Read I use blogger dashboard too..sorry couldnt be more help. I guess I am blog iliterate..

~Lisa~ said...

On the laptop I read from the blog roll. On the Ipad I read from the blog roll (I haven't figured out a way to scroll with the Ipad yet)

I can't go a day without catching up though!!

Joey said...

I use google reader. I created a folder called "favorites" (you are in there) where I put all my faves (duh). Then I rename the blog by the person's name, because I'm friendly like that. You can sort alphabetically or by newest/oldest.

I like google reader because it doesn't show your pretty blogs, even though I'm a designer I don't want people at work to know that I'm reading blogs :)

Drazil said...

Dashboard for me here. If someone writes something new it pops up on top. I read from top down until I get to one I've already read. Ugh and I'm an idiot - I cap out at blogs followed...over 300.

Dawnya said...

I use the blogger dashboard. I'm going to try what Joey is doing. I definitely shouldn't be reading blogs at work. Luckily the feds havne't blocked it on the computers. I'm so happy.

Mo said...

I read them like Drazil...use dashboard nad the the blog listing box has one at the top is "All blog update" I make sure that is clicked and I just scroll (and open the ones I want to read in a new tab) until I hit the ones I have already read.