Thank you all for sharing your blog-following methods with me. I got a lot of good ideas from your comments.
My over-achiever tendencies kicked in and I decided to try it all.
2. I subscribed to the blogs I’m most concerned about through an instant or daily email, and others I like to keep up with through a weekly digest from WordPress. Thanks Nancy from Spirit Lights the Way for the reminder about the weekly digest.
3. I visited each blog this morning, copied the URL and linked it onto a page on my blog I created. I made a simple graphic in Photoshop, put it in a widget in my sidebar and linked it to the Blogs I Follow page. I’m going to use the page on my blog to quickly get back to posts I want to reference.
4. While I still had the URL for a particular blog copied on my computer’s clipboard, I also pasted it into a Feedly reader account. I’m going to use Feedly to read and keep up with the blogs I read. Thank you Hilary at Positive Letters-Inspirational Stories, Mara at Africa to Algarve, Linda at A Slice of Life Writing, and Norma at Beishir Books who all spoke highly of Feedly and convinced me to try it.
Here’s what I like so far about Feedly:
1. I can organize the blogs I follow into folders that I create. So I made folders for “friends,” “photography,” “writing,” etc. Some blogs I am more concerned about keeping up with than others, so I think this will help. (I’m pretty sure Feedly has other ways of helping organize and prioritize feeds, but I’m still learning.)
2. I can choose different options for displaying the blog feeds: a list, a list with a thumbnail (my preference), a cards view (like little index cards across and down the page), or a running stream of full posts.
3. I can visit each blog, read a list of the posts I’ve missed, and choose those I want to read. Then I can mark them all as “read.” (That’s one of the things I liked the best about Google Reader.)
I put a bookmark to Feedly in my toolbar so that will make it easy to find. (I deleted my Google Reader bookmark.)
I eventually hope to stop most, if not all, email subscriptions and get in the habit of checking Feedly daily.
And today I feel like I just did spring cleaning. Wonderful.
I may have missed a blog here or there and will keep revising both my “Blogs I Follow” page and Feedly account as I go. Please forgive me if I’ve missed yours. I’ll eventually figure it out.