Ever tried to manage and read 100’s or even 1000’s of blog subscriptions effectively? This can seem like holding back an avalanche with a tennis racquet! Some bloggers publish sporadically, while others publish consistently; you may want to brows some blogs and thorough read others. Well, here are some practical pointers on how to manage blog subscriptions effectively, so you can get the same joy from reading blogs that I do.
So, I’ve found some good solutions for the most off-putting aspects of blog reading – I hope this helps and if you have any other suggestions, I’d love the feedback in a comment at the bottom of the post.
Here are my tips for managing blog subscriptions:
1 choose your admin device
Whether its your Laptop, iPad or Kindle (if you’re that clever), this should be the device you find it most easy to access and organise your RSS and podcast feeds. Don’t try to do this on other devices – you will only become disinterested.
2 use Google Reader
Google reader will connect to many devices, apps and social networks. This is your hub and is where the blog feed magic happens. Even if you’re familiar with Reader, try playing with it a bit more, some of the search functions are truely amazing!
Podcast note: if you have an android phone, use Google Listen to keep podcast feeds in your Google Reader account.
3 organise feeds based on publishing behaviour and your reading behaviour
THIS IS IMPORTANT! Start by creating folders like:
‘Daily’, ‘Weekly’, ‘infrequent’, ‘stopped publishing’. And most importantly, a folder called ‘Queued for daily’. This folder should hold all new feeds that are ‘under review’ and you’ve not yet vetted
4 Make it easier to scan
You may like to add numbers to the folder names to help you order them. For instance, I call mine ’00 rare’ ’01 daily’ ’02 queued for daily’.
Hint: posting frequency varies, so you may want to create ‘frequent daily’ and ‘infrequent daily’ folders rather than just one called ‘daily’.
5 Create subject folders (optional)
Its still nice to be able to look at a list of posts about a specific subject at a glance. So, I also create key subject folders like ‘social media’ ‘ blogging’ etc – I use this less, but they’re handy.
6 dedicate time to tidy and organise
Dedicate a specific time to discovering and organising blog feeds. You don’t have to take this step, but for me, I often find myself searching and sharing more than reading – I like to listen on my Android, read on my iPad and organise on my laptop via the browser.
7 finally… choose your reading device
I use a premium iPad app called Feedler. But, mainly because I can manage Google reader from there. I can also recommend Feed.ly across most devices, but, you will al have your own preference for this. Ultimately, as long as the app can plug into Google Reader, then you’re all set!