Saturday, June 26, 2010

How to Efficiently Read Blogs

Have you ever been just completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of blogs out there you can read? I have. Wow. So many fabulous people I'm interested in reading about! I love the stories, the humor, the pictures, the tips, the giveaways, the links, I just love it all! So I've found myself having to streamline my blog reading in order to better manage my time & make sure I hit the "must-reads" for me. Here's how I've done it:

First of all, if you leave a comment on my blog or if you follow my blog, I will go to your blog & at the very least I will follow you on Google Friend Connect. This way the blog shows up on my blogger dashboard when I log in. I always look over the new posts that are there when I log in each day, but if you've looked at my Google Friend Connect page lately, you'll see that I follow a lot of people's blogs! So I had to come up with a more specific approach in addition to the blogger dashboard.

This is where my Google Reader comes in. If you haven't been introduced to the wonder that is RSS readers, hop over & read Problogger's explanation, then hop right back here! I use my RSS reader to read the blogs I am really interested in! But again, as of right now, this list includes 274 subscriptions. So I have to streamline even more.

I use folders! I have several different folders, but I have 5 main folders & then smaller folders of blogs I've read for a long time broken into categories. My 5 main folders for new blogs I discover are titled as such: Giving it a Shot, Movin' On Up, Comment on These, Favorites, Learn From These

Basically if I go to your blog to leave a comment & follow you, I'll check things out for a minute while I'm there. If I like what I see (which is an entirely different post in and of itself - expect this at a later date), then I'll add you to my Google Reader & you'll start in my "Giving it a Shot" folder. These are read when I have time. They're low on the totem pole on my reader, but they do get read!

If you've been in my "Giving it a Shot" folder for a while & I find that I really like your posts, want to read more of them, identify with them, etc, you get moved up to..."Movin' On Up" (original name, huh?). These are the posts that I read about every other day. They still all get read, but they're a little higher priority.

From there, if I am still finding that we are just really clicking, you as the blogger, me as the blog-reader, then you get moved to my "Comment on These" folder. These are the people that I really want to build community & relationship with. These are my blog friends! Now, I comment frequently on blogs throughout my reading regardless of which folder they're in. The difference is, if I'm reading from say 40 different blogs, I may comment 5-10 times on 5-10 different blogs. If you're added to my "Comment on These" folder, you can expect a comment from me the majority of the times you post.

From there, the "Favorites" folder are the blogs that I absolutely must read every day. There aren't very many blogs in here, less than 10, but these are the ones that really knock my socks off with pretty much every post.

The "Learn from These" folder are the top blogs in their niches. These include the top 10 on Top Mommy or Top Baby blogs & the other top blogs in different groups or networks. I look at what they're doing, what they're adding to their blogs as something different, etc. I'm not interested in copying. I'm just interested in learning. Think of this group as my own personal blog conference. I just learn what works.

So there's my strategy! It's working for me so far! I read a lot of blogs & I love following new people & I love commenting! I'm thinking about sharing my favorite posts I read on my Google Reader, so if you have a Google Reader, feel free to subscribe to my shared items, although I haven't really started yet!

Please share your strategies - if you have any - for how you read blogs!

41 comments:

Lilac City Momma said...

This is great!! Love your idea for grouping blogs!!

Hanan
http://lilaccitymomma.blogspot.com/

Island Gal said...

Hey!! I left an award for you at my blog:
http://www.nycislandgal.com/2010/06/awards-and-more-awards.html

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sarah @ Hippie Mommie said...

i'm so glad you posted this!! i've been so overwhelmed with my blogger dashboard reading list lately! thank you!

and i am following! feel free to check me out, and enter my first giveaway! :)
www.treyshippiemommie.blogspot.com

Maria said...

This is hilarious! I love your titles...especially "Movin' On Up".

The Planet Pink said...

This is really a great organization process. Blog reading can so easily become overwhelming and suck up a ton of time, and who has time for that?! Good ideas!

JoJo said...

These are great tips! Lately I've been so overwhelmed with all the blogs I follow because there is just not enough time in the day to read them all. I have to get more organized like this!

Dawn said...

Thanks for this!!! I may have to try this out!!!

And I follow your blog as well! :)

Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

Great organizational tips! I have so much to learn, trying to get into the whole google reader thing...this is a whole new world :) Thanks for sharing these great tips!

Tree said...

I'm like you....I love leaving comments on the blogs I follow, but it can become overwhelming trying to read ALl of the blogs. I love your ideas. I use my Google Reader sometimes, but never looked long enough to see that I could build categories. LOL Thanks for the tips!

Corinne said...

Thanks for the tips, I must admit I'm a bit clueless with all this reader stuff, but I've been to embarrassed to ask! Now I don't need to!

Mama Hen said...

Hey Cameron,
What a great post full of tips! You have quite a plan going here. I put all of my favorite blogs in Favorites. Yes, you are there! :) But you are right when you say there are so many super blogs out there.I just wish there was more time in the day to read all of them! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

Mayra,mommy to Pooh Bear said...

love this post! great tips. It's sort of like what I do.

I have an email address wher I get posts of the blogs I love reading.

MultipleMum said...

You have just been added to my "givin it a shot' folder :)

Great idea!

http://cootaitlees.blogspot.com

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

what?!! this is awesome awesomeness at it's awesome-est! i'm actually JUST in the process of writing a post (to be posted while i'm gone camping!) asking for advice about this sort of stuff cause i feel clueless and have no idea about some of this world of blogging. (though of course i'm learning lots all the time.) but yeah, this is right on time!! i was messing around with google reader yesterday, trying to figure out the folders. really, i spent 30 minutes and still got nowhere and then just gave up. (i know, lame attempt but it was a super busy day and i thought i'd try again later.) anyway, thanks HEAPS. love this! i'll have to re-read it slower (and without all my excitement) so i can take more in. please keep those tips coming!!!

Jackie H. said...

Thank you for the follow! I'm following back now. Hope you like what you read and I get to "Move on up" LOL. That's a great tip. I'm new to blogging and overwhelmed at the networking side of things!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I like your ideas and love your blog, Cameron!
Thanks for the follow!
I'm now following back!
Hope you have a great Sunday! :)
~B x

Cameron said...

Thank you so much for all the comments!! I wish blogger allowed me a way to reply to each comment individually! I'm so excited for new followers & that this seemed to help some of you with organizing your blog reading! I am now following all of you & look forward to reading more of your blogs!!

PJWB said...

Proud to say I introduced you to Google Reader!!

~Lisa~ said...

What great tips! I must organize too. I love reading blogs. Thanks for sharing.

Life with Kaishon said...

Holy wow. You have a great system in place : ) I took some notes. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and I feel so horrible about missing blogs I really enjoy!

Basically, I wish I could tuck all of my favorite blogs into a magazine format and take them to the pool with me : )

Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Love the idea! I've notice the same thing as I am getting more into blogging and have tons of blogs that I follow.

I had no idea how to use RSS, so thanks for the link! I'm going to have to read that again before I really get, but super helpful.

Dalia (Generation X Mom) said...

I know what you mean. It is so hard to keep up on them all. This is a great strategy. Very organized!

Groovy Baby Blog said...

Awesome tips for read so many wonderful blogs!
Tati

Tracy said...

Awesome ideas!!! Thank you. I have been sucked down the rabbit hole way too many times and this will help!
xo

Mama Hen said...

I hope you had a great Sunday! Once again, these are great tips. I think commenting is such a huge part of blogging. The folders is a great idea! As I said yesterday, I really wish there was more time to read all the fabulous blogs out there.

Mama Hen

Sandra said...

Wow, I'm amazed and impressed that you manage to read the comments, make comments back, and follow...well, I have read your tips, have taken the advice (superb!) and have taken your button. Thank you!

Stacey said...

This sounds like a great little system! I might have to try something like this, because my Google Reader has gotten out of control lately!

Asashia said...

Got here on an invite from Adriel at The Mommyhood Memos. These tips are great! Is there a tutorial for the folders idea?
Thanks in advance from this blogging newbie!

This Mom said...

Hi there! Just found you through The Mommyhood Memos, and I'm your newest follower. Hoping to progress past your "Giving It A Shot" folder!

I will have to take some time on the holidays to sort my Google Reader as well.

Kate @ This Mom Loves

This Mom said...

Hi there! Just found you through The Mommyhood Memos, and I'm your newest follower. Hoping to progress past your "Giving It A Shot" folder!

I will have to take some time on the holidays to sort my Google Reader as well.

Kate @ This Mom Loves

Liz said...

You are by far the most organized and multi-level reading blogger I've ever come across! Quite a system you have. :)

vanita said...

Wow, great idea. I love it. I've got quite a few blogs listed on my blogger dashboard, but my Must Reads are in my sidebar. As time goes by and I visit more blogs I'll heed your advice. Thanks.

Mungee's Ma said...

Hello, found you through Theta Mom. You've got quite an organization system going - I am in awe that you can read up to 20 posts a day!

I noticed you mentioned you wanted a way to reply to each comment individually ... have you thought about using Disqus?

Mungee's Ma said...

That was supposed to say "up to 200 posts a day" ;)

Nolie said...

What a great idea for folders. I just have favorites, other and probation. I am going to attempt to implement a better structure like yours.

Amy said...

God bless you and this post. FANTASTIC idea! Love it! I'm starting on mine in the morning Cameron. Good night! Mwah!

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

ok, here i am re-reading this (yet again) because i'm back to the task of organizing after my mess of 31dbbb blogs. i am a little confused though... don't all your GFC blogs get automatically added to your reader? mine are all in my reader without me "adding them"...

Cameron said...

Adriel - I actually have that option turned off in blogger, so none of mine go to my Google Reader. I check my blogger dashboard periodically for posts, but I actually do GFC AND subscribe to their RSS feed if I want them to be on my reader.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

I just came by from Life So Lovely and I really like your strategy. I have too many blogs I love to read and keep up with, this is the perfect way to keep things a little bit under control!

Domestic Goddess Mommy said...

You are so organized! This is an excellent system and I am inspired. I'm new at blogging and am eager to learn, but with 3 young kids, marriage, a part-time writing gig and a house to keep, the blog is another time-taker. So, too bad about the house. It's a mess now! :)

Jill said...

Oh my! This is just what I needed! I'm new to blogging and am trying to stuff all this info into my retired-for-four-years head. I found you from The Mommyhood Memos. Thanks!
- Jill@JunkyVagabond.blogspot.com

Related Posts with Thumbnails
 

Blog Design By Sour Apple Studio © All Rights Reserved.