Why are we focusing on Google Reader in this post?
As writers, we are all aware that the publishing industry is in the midst of rapid change. Following industry insider blogs and Twitter feeds can help us keep a pulse on this evolution. Since writing your next great book should be your top priority, finding a way to stay up to date quickly and efficiently will keep you informed without cutting into your writing time.
Just imagine being able to consolidate various blog posts into one cache. Google Reader is a FREE, online application that helps you manage and organize all the blogs you read into one site. Basically, Google Reader gives you the ability to create your own newspaper in real time.
How to get started:
If you have a Google account already (via Blogger, GMail, etc.) then just log in and go to www.google.com/reader. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one.
To add blogs to your homepage view, click on the 'Subscribe' button and either paste in or type the link to your blog of choice and hit "Add."
|Adding a blog to your Google Reader homepage.|
Almost like an email account, your homepage will populate with the latest posts from each of your chosen blogs.
|Example of a Google Reader homepage. Looks a lot like email, doesn't it?|
Just like email, to read a blog, simply click on the latest post or select the blog from your Subscriptions menu in the lower left of the screen.