What to do if you have too many blogs to visit and read?

How many blogs do you visit and read?

When I first started this blog, I learned that you should reach out to fellow bloggers to gain new friends and of course, back links. At first, I only had a handful of blogs that I frequently visit but thanks to events such as blogger meet ups, these numbers started to grow.

I realized that visiting each of these blogs for anything new is a lot of work. Mind you, I don’t just drop by and do some link bait, I do read your blogs. ^_^ It’s not that I don’t want to visit their blogs but having to open 20+ blogs everyday is very time consuming. Also, it is not also the fact that they have new posts every time I visit so I looked for an alternative way to check their blogs for updates without visiting each blog one at a time.

Then came RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

What is RSS?

RSS is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. (Source)

You need to have a feed reader such as Google Reader in order to use RSS. Basically, I can read all of your blogs without having to visit of your blog individually. Take a look at this screen shot of Google Reader.

Google Reader

As you can see, I have over fifty new blog entries to read spanning from different blogs. As long as I’m subscribed to a blog’s feed, all of that blog’s new posts will show up in my Google Reader.

How to use RSS?

To be able to use RSS, you need two things:

  1. A blog’s feed
  2. A feed reader

Where can I find a blog’s feed?

Some blogs have pictures (feed buttons) that link to their blog’s feed. The default picture looks like an orange box with a “volume” looking symbol such as this.
Clicking on this picture will show my feeds.

Help! I can’t find that feed picture!

Other blogger’s use different pictures (feed buttons) to link to their RSS feeds.

PinoyBlogero has a customized feed button. (Karlo, allow me to hotlink your feed button ahah)

This is Wely’s feed button.

Sometimes, other bloggers forget to put a link to their RSS feeds that’s why you can’t find them. However, there’s a way through this. You can let the feed reader’s find them for you. Currently, I’m using google reader and all I do is to write the blog’s url or address and it will do the rest.

Add Subscription to Google Reader

I hope you now know how powerful feed readers are! Feel the power surging to your body! Bwahaha! Enjoy using feed readers!

**I got my dsl back! Hooray!

6 thoughts on “What to do if you have too many blogs to visit and read?

  1. This post really helps. U explained it step by step. Nakarelate ako kasi i check my blogroll everytime i log in. Yeah, time consuming talaga pag check ka ng check tas walang new post. With RSS i can see and go to the blog na merong new post.

    I need to subscribe now.

    Thanks for the info. It’s really helphful.

    Keep it up Allen!

  2. maganda kung ang blog eh nka-set sa full feeds pra dun mo n lng sa feed reader basahi kabuuan ng post. un nga lng mababawasan visit count mo sa blog mo.

    buti bumalik na dsl mo. next time dpat may backup connection ka, let say via satellite naman. wahehe.

  3. yep, RSS is a big help.. In my case I use thunderbird in reading (your and everyone else’s) blog… convenient…

    then, i-open ko nalang sa browser if I want to comment something.. 🙂

    ey, I can see my feed from your Google reader! 😉 thanks!

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