I wrote earlier in the week about podcasts and how you can listen to them on your PC or mobile device (Ipod, Zune, Zen or other) and keep up with events and issues surrounding the knitting community while you knit.
Today, I will tell you how you can keep up with all the blogs you like to read and how it can be done in one spot.
There are many stand-alone software programs used to collect, update, and display [tag]RSS feeds[/tag]. Many of these are free. Some work from within your [tag]web browser[/tag] or email client, while other work on your desktop. [tag]Yahoo[/tag] list many readers that you can try, some are application specific; that is just for outlook or just for blogs.
I use [tag]Google Reader[/tag]. This is free software at the Google site and all you need to do is establish an account. The account and software are free.
After creating a Google account, adding your subscriptions is easy. You can click on the â€œAdd subscriptionâ€ field on the reader page, or you can go to your favorite blog and click on the orange RSS symbol next to the URL address. The click will take you to a page that will ask you â€œAdd to Google home pageâ€ or â€œAdd to Google Readerâ€. Click on add to reader and it will automatically add the [tag]blog[/tag] to your reader. Each time you find another blog you wish to keep up with, just click the symbol.
Reading is easy as the blogs are all listed on the Google Reader page and you just click on the one you wish to read. If you click on the individual blog, it will list the posting from that blog.
This simple software helps you keep everything in one spot. You never need to worry about losing bookmarks to your favorite blogs or missing out on a new post due to time constraints.
Leaves more time to knit!
By Laura Nixon