There are several ways to follow blogs. 1) Check back on your favorites to see if there are new updates. 2) Follow blog links posted on Facebook, and hope you don’t miss the best ones. 3) If the blogger has set up an email subscription option, have blog posts delivered directly to your email inbox. (See the sign me up button for this blog’s email subscription at the top right of this blog) 4) Subscribe to the blogs you like to follow using a blog reader.
I prefer using a blog reader and had a few days of panic (just being dramatic) when I heard Google Reader was set to expire this past July. Since it’s demise, Feedly and Bloglovin have taken some of the top spots in blog readers.
I have learned to love Feedly, although some friends are not finding it so user-friendly. Ideally we would sit side by side, and I’d show you how to navigate it’s pages. Since that isn’t possible I’ve put together tutorial for you.
After watching the video a few times I’m shaking my head, and wishing I could re-do it all! Sometimes I talk really fast and move around quickly and the video is really shaky, so hang on. :) I am hoping that this tutorial–even though it is a little scattered–will help make following blogs easier for someone.
Because the video is really long, here are a few main points covered with the minute and second where they can be found.
—How to add content (a new blog) to Feedly (1:33 and 4:52)
–What to do when you search for a blog, and it doesn’t come up in the search results (2:37)
–How to organize your content into categories (3:14 and 5:49 and 15:19 and 17:37 and 17:55)
–How to remove a blog from Feedly (6:00)
–Keyboard shortcuts (6:14)
–How to customize your page so that you can cover content more quickly or enjoy it more visually (6:41)
—How to read your subscriptions the way you used to on the subscriptions page of Xanga. (13:10)
–How to mark a category or blog as read (9:08)
–Setting Feedly so that when you click on the title of a blog post, instead of showing you the post in Feedly you will be taken directly to the blog post. (15:53)
–How to save a post for later (same as Favorite in Google Reader), so that you can easily check back on it. (_:_ and 14:50)
Here is a well-written blog post with pictures telling how to subscribe to blogs via feedly.
Have you used Feedly? Which features do you like?
Do you have a question that was not answered in the video? If you still have a question about something covered in the video, leave it in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer it.