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Using Feedly to Follow Blogs

970189_79303244ASo many blogs to follow, so little time. How can we be efficient and effective in our blog reading? I’ve decided that Feedly is the answer—finally.

Why Feedly?

Most bloggers offer e-mail subscriptions, and I do subscribe to some blogs via e-mail. Another option is to subscribe to the RSS feed of the desired site. If you aren’t familiar with RSS, here’s what it is. You can follow feeds with your Web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer) or your mail client (Outlook, Thunderbird). I’ve tried these options, not really liking any of them. I eventually settled on a feed aggregator, Google Reader. Then Google promptly decided to give Reader the ax.

A feed aggregator collects all the feeds from the blogs you subscribe to in one list. It shows which posts have been read and which haven’t. There are some others besides Feedly. Bloglines and My Yahoo are the ones most often mentioned. I’ve tried both, and they don’t do anything for me. Michael Hyatt recommended Feedly as a replacement for Google Reader, and that’s the main reason I transferred all my Google Reader feeds to Feedly when Reader closed down.

How to Get Started with Feedly

First, go to http://feedly.com and sign up for an account. You can also log in with your Google account or Facebook account, if you have either. Here’s what my “all feeds” list looks like:

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I start with this page and scan the titles. I read the urgent ones, leaving the others unread. You can set up categories or just let everything appear in the same list. There’s a save-for-later feature that comes in handy for articles you’d like to save but not leave on the unread list. If you prefer the magazine view, just change the setting. Here’s what it looks like:

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There is a help section, but I suggest that you watch this video tutorial before doing anything else. It’s produced by Lowndes County Schools, but it does not say whether it’s Georgia or Mississippi. At any rate, it’s a great tutorial. Click here. If you need more tutorials, there’s one by Double Duty Divas: http://youtu.be/QOX9vXTE1kI. Feedly also has its own tutorial: http://blog.feedly.com/tutorial/.

Feedly Has Apps

Yes, there’s an app for that, as they say. Feedly offers apps for most devices—computers, phones, and tablets. I have Feedly on my computer, my Android phone, and my Kindle, so I can access it any time if I get a few minutes to read. Like anything else, Feedly has a learning curve, but I think it’s well worth the effort.

Readers, how do you organize your blog reading? Comment on this post and tell us about it, or e-mail me at akinemily(at)gmail.com and ask about writing a guest post.

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