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,
Then click on change folders,
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.