I usually don’t check blogs in an efficient manner. I would go to my blog, then click on all the links on the left. If a blog didn’t have a new post, or if I had finished reading that blog, I would come back to my site and click on the next one. I’m not sure why I did it this way – maybe because I was scared of “RSS” feeds, or maybe because I’m old school, but that has all changed now thanks to a friend’s recommendation of Google Reader. I know I’m a late adopter with RSS feeds, but it’s still really cool and I thought I’d pass it on to others who are even later apopters than I am.
It took me a while to get used to Google Reader, but now that I have it I will never go back. It’s fantastic – you “subscribe” to whatever blogs you want by either clicking a “subscribe” link on a particular blog, or entering the URL manually to Google Reader. You will have to set up a Google account (or Gmail), but if you already have a Gmail account, you can get to your reader site through your Gmail inbox! Google Reader alerts me whenever one of the blogs I follow has a new post. You can even subscribe to friends’ flickr feeds (like this one).
If you want to subscribe to my blog to make your blogging life so much smoother, scroll down to the “subscribe” section on the left (under the “categories”), hit the down arrow, and select Google (or another RSS service).