RSS Reader Mission

Guilt is a powerful motivator… this one might not work for everyone, but hopefully it will get a couple of people. If you are at all like me trying to juggle a life, work and the Internet world; you need as many life hacks as possible. One that I cannot believe I did not discover on my own but thanks to a couple of local bloggers is how to make folder inside of your google reader.

If you are not already using an RSS reader, you are wasting valuable time. It is a lot easier to read a feed than visit several sites. It makes it manageable for me to keep up with my friends. I prefer google reader to others I have tried because I can access it from any computer in the house, or all over the world for that matter. If you are not already using it, you should; even more so now with the little hack I just started using.

Go to the bottom of the screen when inside of google reader and click on manage,

Step One

Then click on change folders,

Step Two

You will have the option of creating folders and then just picking the one that suits you best. I recommend you use time based tags like once in a while reads and daily ones. I hope this little tip gives you some time for the mission I am about to give you.

One of the reasons I dislike RSS is that they seem to diminish the participation of people. It makes it a lot easier for people to just ignore the leaving a comment part of blogging. While it is all about the blogger having complete control over the content and opinions on their blog, it is at times not worth much if there is no interaction with the reader. Some of the post that have frustrated me the most are not the ones that someone has disagreed with me, but those that ended up with no comments after I put a lot of effort into them.

So my mission for you on this year is to participate. Not just here, but all over the web. Even if your comment is that you agree with the person, let them know… take the time to just type, maybe you will even end up leaving a long winded comment.. it feels great when you do it and when you receive it. Happy commenting.

12 comments on “RSS Reader Mission

  1. So you didn’t know about the folders option? Can this be true? Can it be that I already knew something you didn’t? LOL – I have been using folders for a while now, but I have way too many unread threads… I’m afraid to look at my reader!

  2. I’ve been using the folders since I started using the reader. I keep my feeds sorted by topic….sports, family, kc, etc. I find that to be easier because I try to go through everything daily, and it’s much easier to just scroll through everything in sports and look for what interests me.

  3. Sorry. I don’t leave comments on WordPress sites because it is way too complicated.

    I’m just a simple cave man, with simple cave man ways.

  4. I am with XO on this one. Now that I left a comment here before my info is pre-filled,but with blogger I can subscribe for comments to be emailed to me, so I don’t have to check back every time just to see if anyone called me a schmuck. You need to look into it.

  5. I will create links for the comments RSS and make it so you get e-mail updates also… just for you two crying babies.

  6. I don’t think my blog goes into the RSS, right? Some people say that it doesn’t work b/c I made my page un-searchable.

  7. WordPress is complicated? Wow… I guess I will have to get the news at 11! LOL – It’s just a name, an e-mail address and URL. And if your browser has cookies enabled (which most do), you don’t even have to type them again.

    Of course I just pointed the obvious. But it’s easy!

  8. Bea, I had a blog in wordpress,but blogger certainly makes it easier for other people who use it. they now accept openID so other bloggers can comment. but as I mentioned before the feature I miss the most is emailing of follow-up comments. i don’t need a feed for comments just an option to subscribe to comments on the post where I left a comment myself.

  9. WordPress has all those options, I just never put them on. I know blogger has them all activated automatically, but trust me, WordPress is a very good piece of software IMHO, I could not go back to blogger being in a CMS like this one… I guess I like the flexibility. Hopefully this weekend I will have the subscription option working Meesha.

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