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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Google Reader

I am in love with Google Reader. Now that I have moved on over to it I am enjoying the ease with which I can find out which of my favorite bloggers has a new post. But, and here's the but, it has made me a lazy reader. I find myself scrolling through posts on my Reader, skimming and moving on to the next one without clicking onto the blog and leaving a comment. That makes me feel bad. I love when I know that people have visited me and have left me a comment. I assume other bloggers do too.

Please know that I have probably read your blog even if I haven't left a comment. I am going to try to be less lazy. If I don't find myself making the effort to leave more comments I am going to have to give up google reader.


Hopefully it won't come to that.

Please don't ask me if Twitter has decreased my posting frequency because I really can't give up Twitter.


  1. LOL I was just thinking about what to do when I go on mat leave. I can't give up twitter now. I like it way too much (and I am thinking of getting a cel phone that lets me post to it). And I can't give up my reader... But I usually spend at least one hour when I get to work reading blogs and commenting. Will I find the time to do that when I am at home with a baby... What will I do... :)

  2. LOL... I too use Google reader, and have for several years now. I find it lets me focus on the blogs I do like to read and comment, and skim the ones I pick and choose posts to read. For instance, I pick and choose on BoingBoing, or Treehugger, but when a new post comes out on a friends blog, or Cake Wrecks, I read and likely comment. It measn I don't have to go to a ton of URL's every day just to read content. It saves me a massive amount of time.

    And yes, I love getting comments too! I admit that I am a visit count hound, checking my Wordpress stats every day. :)

  3. I know! Google reader changed my life. I remember those days when I'd go to my massive bookmark list and work my way through every blog, checking each once a day. No more! Reader has allowed me to follow many, many more blogs. It's an obsession :).

    I also found I commented less, though. I've learned to live with it -- when something really moves me, I click through, and when I realize I haven't commented at a favourite site in a week or so, I try to leave something just so they know I'm still reading. Still, it's better to be reading! More, more, more!

  4. Here's what you must do, girlfriend. Make sure you are browsing in Firefox. Then get this add-on called Better GReader (Google it--for some reason the comment box isn't letting me paste the URL).

    Then, when you're reading in Google Reader and want to leave a comment, click the post heading and the blog page will open INSIDE GOOGLE READER. This is awesomeness. You can leave a comment without having to open another window.

    No need to thank me, just comment on my blog! --What am I saying, you already do =]

  5. I love google reader! What you need is the Google Reader "Next" button on your toolbar. You go to an open tab hit the next button and the most recent blog updated will come up, leave comment then hit next till you reach the end of the internet!

  6. I obviously have a lot to learn about Google Reader. I will follow up on your great suggestions. Thanks!

  7. Twitter is definitely addictive!

    I use bloglines and keep wondering if I should try out google reader - not sure what the pros and cons are. And I was always a bit more of a lurker than a commenter. ;)

  8. Hmm, this Google reader thing sounds interesting. I must check it out. I have to say, I'm a neophite when it comes to that sort of thing.

    Twitter? Well I can take it or leave it. I guess I just don't have the time. I can't do it while I am at work, and I am rarely on the computer when I get home, and I don't own a cell. Three strikes...

  9. You CANNOT give up Google Reader. Just can't! I know what you mean though...I selfishly scroll through everybody else's blog and take no time to comment (because I never actually have to click into their page - THAT would simply take too long!).