If you blog then there is a tool that you can use to make your blogging more efficient. Google Reader is a free news reader that you can use to get your subscriptions to and this is one tool that it difficult to live without.
In order to read RSS subscriptions from your favorite blogs and websites you’ll have to a news aggregator, also called a news reader. Google Reader is one web-based program that is easy to use and is free. Nothing to download. It’s from Google so you have no worries with regard to potential viruses or malware infecting your computer. You do have to give up a little privacy, but it’s well worth it for the advantage of using a tool that is so efficient and easy to use.
Here are just some of the things that you can do with Google Reader:
- Group your feeds into related folders
- Star your items for coming back to later
- Share with your friends
- Share with your IM buddies
- Review your reading trends
- Copy notes from anywhere on the web and save them for later use
There is no limit to the number of subscriptions you can have in Google Reader. It’s great for keeping track of your competitors’ blogs and other industry-related blogs. When it’s time to blog, browse through the titles in your Reader subscriptions and click on the ones that look interesting. When you find something that you like and want to blog about, just start writing. You can even copy and paste some of it into your blog as you write.
If you are reading information when you aren’t blogging that you want to save for later use when you are, just copy it into your Google Reader Notes and it will be there when you are ready to blog. A huge time saver and keeps you blogging efficiently.
The great thing about any news aggregator is that you can read your subscriptions at any time. Set aside a particular time of day when reading your subscriptions is good for you. You might set aside twice a day. Whatever it is, Google Reader and keep you efficient and keeping track of the information that you want to keep track of.