Keeping up with a lot of blogs can be quite difficult!
Sometimes I’m simply amazed at how prolific some blogs can be…I can completely clear out my Google Reader and come back to 100+ posts in an hour. At one time, I really didn’t have any sort of a system for organizing the blogs in my reader, and sadly, the ‘mark all as read’ button was clicked more than once.
This became a problem when I started participating in blog hops…I just kept coming across more wonderful blogs! Not to mention that I at least check out and usually subscribe to people who comment on my posts…if they take the time to say something, they deserve a look-see! Can you see how crazy my Reader must have become?
Then I read a post a while back about how to efficiently read blogs, by Cameron at Ingenue Mom. Now, I don’t have my Reader set up just like her suggestions…but it was a light bulb moment for me! I divided my subscriptions into separate folders…more or less according to how often I make sure to read the blogs in them. I have my blogs that I read daily, some every other day, and some a couple times a week. New-to-me blogs get there own folder, and when I think I have connected with one of their writers I “bump” them up a folder. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me keep up!
I keep up, and I try to comment as much as I can…but by the time I get a free moment these days to read blogs, my brain has turned to mush from entertaining and keeping the kidlets from trouble and I have trouble forming complete sentences. Michelle at Mommy Loves Stilettos summed it up nicely! Maybe once school is back in full swing I’ll have a little more me time during the day.
Recently, Beth commented on this post and let me know about making a blogroll right inside Google Reader! I can’t believe I have used it as long as I have and didn’t know that. It was super easy…just a matter of making a folder public. So I now have a blogroll page. (FYI, this isn’t all the blogs in my reader…just the ones that have made it into my regular reading!) The best part is that it will automatically update when I add a blog to it! I’m all about the easy…
Sound off…how do you keep up? Do you have a system for keeping up with blogs?