Google Reader

I follow about 5 – 10 travel blogs, most of which post every day.  It would be very time consuming to go to each of the sites every day.  Luckily, they all have set up RSS feeds.  That allows you to have the posts sent to a reader so you can read them all in one spot.  I use Google Reader.  If you have a Gmail account, you already have an account that can access Google Reader.  If you don’t, you’ll need to create an account.  It’s free to create one.  After logging into the account, you’ll want to add subscriptions.  You can do this in one of 2 ways:

  1. Search for the blogs using the search feature on Google Reader.
  2. Go to the blog directly.  Most blogs will have a way to subscribe to the blog via RSS feed, usually an orange button that has satellite rings on it.

After the set up, you will be able to view all of the blogs you follow in one spot.  Here’s what it looks like:

Another reason I like Google Reader is that also view the blogs on my phone.  I have an Android phone.  I use the NewsRob app which you can link to your Google Reader account.  There is both a free app and a paid app.  I find the free app fine for what I want to do.  What I like about the app is that when a blog has multiple posts, you get a summary of them when you click on the blog name.  That way, you can quickly decide which posts you want to read.

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