Thursday, January 21, 2010

How do you blog stalk??

Until a couple of weeks ago my daily blog stalking checking was a fairly time consuming process.  My "favorites" on my desktop had a folder named "blogs," which I subcatagorized into "family/friend blogs," "decorating/craft blogs," "parenting blogs," etc.  You get the idea.  Each and everyday I would make my way through almost every blog just to see if there had been any new posts.  See, it's already taking forever just to type.  Imaging how long it took to actually do!

I love feeling "up to date" and "in the know" when it comes to new posts and what is going on in all of your lives, but I was having a hard time keeping up.  What was once relaxing and fun for me had become stressful and, well, not fun.  Hence, I was forced to make a decision.  Let the kids go unfed, unbathed, and generally un-cared for OR change the way I block stalk.  Lucky for them, I chose the latter.  And, at the risk of sounding overly dramatic, it drastically changed the format of my days and has freed up literally hours of my time.  Precious time.  Time that I am now spending WITH my kids, rather than blogging ABOUT my kids or reading about other people's kids.

Chance are you've all seen the RSS subscribe buttons.  I had too, but never paid much attention to what they meant or had they could help me.  That was until I read {this} post from the Nester. She did a great job of explaining what RSS (you've seen it...the little quarter Target sign as the Nester puts it.  She's talking my love language.) means and how a reader, such as Google reader, could be of an advantage to me...and to you.  In a nut shell, if you create an account at, let's say, Google Reader, then hit that little RSS subscribe icon, become a "friend," or "follow" your favorite blogs, then they all go to that one account and you can read them in your reader.  Clear as mud?  Really, it's very easy and so so so handy!  Do it!  Or don't...if you like wasting your precious time.

Also, within Google Reader you can make lists, folders, and even star items that you want to keep or read later (I love this feature!).  Your best bet is to read Nester's {post} about it.  She does a great job explaining how it works and exactly why you should make the change.  You won't regret it.

I should also mention that because I like to see all the pretty blog layouts I often do click over from Google Reader, which is super easy.  However, I have found that there are just a couple of blogs I read that do not have any type of subscription or follow buttons (*ahem,* Liz Carson!), so I still have to remember to check those.

Um, yeah.  That's all I got for now.  You all know how much I love to share about things that make my life easier...whether it be an entryway bench/shelf, a simple recipe, a kitchen utensil, a baby item, or an efficient way to read blogs...these are the things that allow me more time for the truly important stuff.  Like these guys:


chandra said...

Glad you figured that out Miss!.. I have been doing that for awhile when I created my own google homepage which updates weather, blogs, news, etc. When you are on your homepage click "add stuff" by your pretty background choice at the top. On the bottom left you will see add feed or gadgets with the RSS icon next to it. You can then type in any address and it will show up on your homepage with all your other feeds. Hopefully that all made sense! :)

Megan said...

I love that you figured it out...had i known you were going to all the trouble of each and every webpage...I would have let you in on the secret MUCH earlier.

My Google Reader is my need to go searching for updates...they bring it right to your finger tips.

Congrats on your new find!

CarsonFamily said...

ahem!!?!?!? what am i doing wrong?? what do i need to do?!? help me!

Tammy said...

So glad you figured that out...I've been using Google Reader since Nov and love it! Have a great weekend.

The Starr Family said...

The other Starr family checking in... this post made me chuckle! Thank goodness for google reader... now browsing only takes 2 hours instead of 3!

Stacey said...

I'm pretty sure yours is the only blog I stalk....kinda creepy since I can read your blog, drive by your house, peek in your windows.... However, I have to say your decorative skills (that I've seen on your blog not from window peering) have truly inspired me to dive into my not-so-crafty side.

Amanda @ My Everyday said...

Didn't know if you knew this little tidbit too... While in google reader there is a blue button titled "add a subscription" Just press that and copy paste any of the blogs you read that don't have RSS buttons. :-D


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