Monday, June 12, 2006

So many blogs, so little time!

Blog hopping is one of my favorite things to do online! I have accidentally hit on a few blogs that were absolutely wicked (from what I could tell in the few seconds that I saw them), so I try to do my blog hopping in a safe manner. One way I find interesting blogs is to click on the blog links of blogs that I already read. If I find some of interest, I add them to my list at Bloglines.com. Currently, I am subscribed to 57 blogs. Several of those are people who do not post regularly...but I still want to read what they post. Bloglines is wonderful for this type of blogger--I don't have to keep checking on these blogs to see when they have been updated.

Bloglines also allows me to control my online time. If I only have a few minutes online, I can quickly open a few blogs that have been updated. If I want to come back to them, maybe to comment, or to follow some links that they have posted, I click a little check box at the bottom of the post (on the Bloglines screen), and it keeps it as new.

And finally, a lot of my subscribed blogs are on "test". I'm testing them out to see if I really want to be subscribed to them. After a week or so, if I'm not enjoying a blog like I thought I would, I unsubscribe them from my list.

I do a fair amount of "lurking", especially on a few larger blogs. However, I do try to make comments now and then to be polite to the bloggers. After all, it's nice to know who your readers are!

I highly recommend Bloglines for blog-reading ease!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sis for this tip!! I'm going to check this thing out. I have found so many other good blogs that I'd like to frequent but I spend so much time going from blog to blog to see if they are updated that I waste alot of time. Maybe this will help my situation.

allison said...

This sounds like a great idea, especially the controling your time online part ;) I'll be checking this out very soon.

Tami said...

Tammy,

I use Bloglines too - and love it!! I admit that I am really beginning to enjoy blogging and blog hopping and Bloglines makes it so much easier!!

Shereen said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tip. I am off to go look into it. It sound much easier than what I normally do. ;0) I've been enjoying your site, thank you very much.

Melissa said...

Tammy, can you tell us how exactly that works? I joined up on bloglines, but now how do I add a blog I want to watch? I looked and looked and couldn't find out what to do.

Thanks

Tammy said...

Here's some extra help:

Once you have an account, and are signed in, go to the main page of bloglines (bloglines.com). There are little tabs across the top, one of which says "My Feeds". Click on that tab. Another window will open, on the left are three tabs, one says "My Feeds". Click on that, if you aren't already in that category. Then, click on "Add", and yet another window will come up...paste the address for the blog that you want to subscribe to, follow through the steps it takes you, and you have added a blog to your bloglines! Hope that helps!

Melissa said...

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Might try that Tammy. Thanks.

Mrs. C said...

I'm new to blogging, so I appreciate the Bloglines tip. I've enjoyed perusing your blog!

Blessings,
Mrs. C

KatieWI said...

Thank you so much for the hint! I just signed up and loaded all my favorites. This really IS going to save some time!