Monday, June 28, 2010

How to Create/Add to Folders in Google Reader

I am SO happy that my post on How to Efficiently Read Blogs was helpful to a lot of you!! I have gotten several questions & emails about how to actually do the folders. There is a post on The Blogger's Concierge about one way to do it, so definitely check that out! But I do it a different way, so I thought I would share. I hope this helps even more! Also, please stop over at The Mommyhood Memos if you have questions about blogging or have some answers for newbie bloggers! She has asked some great questions & could use some tips!!

First, you have to subscribe to the blog. Most of you probably know how to do this, but just in case I find their RSS button on their page or some subscription link. (If there isn't one of these, this video on YouTube is a great, short intro to Google Reader & will tell you how to manually add them just using the blog address.) When you click their RSS button, a page like this should show up (I'm going to add Rage Against the Minivan!):


You can see there are several options for how to subscribe, but I use Google, so I click the Google button. Clicking the Google button brings this page up:


So I click "Add to Google Reader." This puts the new feed at the bottom of my sidebar in my Google Reader...like this:


From there, I put my cursor over the name of the feed & a small blue arrow shows up to the right of the feed title. Click this arrow & another menu bar will pull up:


I then either add the feed to an existing folder or I create a new folder using that option. Then my feeds are all organized! Here's my lovely homepage if you're interested! I have a ton of folders, but my 5 main ones are at the top & in all caps!!


I also wanted to point out that you can also just click the feed title in the sidebar & click & drag it into the folder you want it in if the folder is already created. You can bypass the whole thing above if you prefer the click & drag. Up to you!

Please email me or comment if you have any more questions!! Sorry if my pictures are a little hard to read!
And please SUBSCRIBE!! Add me to your Google Reader!!

7 comments:

Asashia said...

Thanks for this outline Cameron! It really helps!

Cameron said...

Great!! I'm happy it helped!

The Planet Pink said...

Cameron, these tips are great. After 3 years of blog reading you've finally inspired me enough to use Google Reader! I was too overwhelmed, but your folder system makes alot of sense! So thanks!

And I see my latest post in your last screen shot! LOL

Jodie at Mummy Mayhem said...

Great tips, Cameron! I'm going to give this a go. I only discovered my Google reader recently,and had no idea how to create the folders...now I do! xx

Cameron said...

I'm so happy that other people can use this info!!

Kelly Polizzi said...

thank you so much for following me. If you hadn't, I wouldn't have found your wonderful blog! Following you back.

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

awesome! this is SO on my to-do list now. i have no more excuses after this step-by-step post. thanks! and seriously, how bad is this... i never subscribed to any wordpress blogs before (even when i found ones that i love!) because i didn't know how without the google friend connect. i'm finally going to get with the program!

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