April 8, 2009

So Many Blogs, So Little Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Glowacz @ 3:14 PM

Blogging has become a primary form of communication for many people. Bloggers have good and bad reputations and have challenged “mainstream” media sources such as newspapers and news-focused websites.

I enjoy reading several blogs because the information is usually timely and relevant. More importantly, I don’t have to jump from website to website to get all my news, interests and personal reading done. All the blogs can be consolidated into a reader that allows me to go from post to post quickly and effeciently.

Using these tools is very easy and there are several options. The underlying tool that makes keeping up with all this information so easy is called Real Simple Syndication or RSS.

RSS has a distinctive icon that can be clicked on to add the blog or “news feed” to your chosen reader. The icon looks like this:

RSS Feed Icon

Many websites now offer this to push new information that is posted. In fact, if you look at the bottom of the page on you’ll notice the RSS feed icon for our news.

Google ReaderTo use these RSS feeds, you need to choose a reader. My favorite is Google Reader because I can get to it from any Internet connected computer and it keeps track of what I’ve read regardless of which computer I used. There are several others out there:

Some are Web-based, some are applications and others are add-ons to other tools such as Outlook or Firefox. Take a look at them and see which one you like best.

I encourage you to pick a news reader and start by subscribing to a few blogs or news feeds. This will get your feet wet using the reader and help you keep up with what your interested in most.

In a later post, I’ll explain how this can be used in a classroom setting. However, if anyone has suggestions on things they are already doing please add your comments. I’d love to hear about it.


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