Where do you find all that stuff?
That’s a pretty common question to those of us who blog a lot and do other writing for publications online.
I used to write two or three blog posts a day – usually based on a reaction to something I read on some other boomer’s blog. (There were a LOT more boomer blogging back then.) It helped me build a following and we had a great time commenting on each others blogs. I’ve written 2,915 blog posts.
I wrote up stuff for Trendhunter.com. I got paid a portion of the Google Ad Sense money that was generated when readers clicked on the ads served against the content I uploaded. I wrote 2,894 posts.
I write for Examiner.com. I get paid a mysterious and always-changing amount based on the traffic my content produces. I’ve written 1,847 posts.
How do I find all that stuff?
When I first started blogging, my teacher-of-blogging, Chris, told me about using RSS Feeds to populate the Google Reader.
If you don’t use an RSS feed or know what it is YOU are the reason Google is “sunsetting” the wonderfully useful but woefully underused reader.
My Google Reader is loaded with hundreds of posts to read. And it’s that way everyday. Day after day after day… a parade of stuff that is aggregated in one place for me to look at and decide if the content is worth clicking on to visit the website.
I subscribe to 360 different sources of information. Google Reader automagically updated every time a new blog post was published. They were sortable.
It was easy-peasy to buzz through hundreds of blog posts and glance at headlines for interesting stuff, click-through to read the post entirely in the reader, or click-through and read the original post on the original blog.
Or just mark all as “read” and move on.
Some bloggers don’t like readers. It’s hard to monetize an RSS feed. Google gave up supporting Ad Sense in RSS feeds, some bloggers truncated their posts because they could be read without actually clicking through to the original blog.
But it sure made blogging and writing online easier.
Luckily Google is making it easy to export stuff into another reader.
Goodbye Google Reader. I’ll miss you. But I’ll get over it.
UDATE: Oh great, all the little readers are now getting slammed.
Hey! Because of the huge load we started seeing from lots of concurrent feed import operations, we had to limit the number of imports active at any given time. It looks like right now there are no available slots left, so you might want to visit this page some time later. Meanwhile, feel free to subscribe to feeds manually.
Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience.