|Lucy under construction, July 2004|
(*The photo above has nothing to do with this post. I just always think a post is nicer with a photo or two.)How do you go about reading blogs? This may seem like a silly question, but really, I've given it a bit of thought, so bear with me please.
I use the blogger dashboard to scroll through the zillions of blogs I follow to see what posts I want to read. If I want a little more of a snippet, or if I want to search for a particular topic, I sometimes also use the Google reader. If you have a blog, you automatically have both the dashboard and Google reader. I know some of you subscribe to other readers or feeds or whatever you want to call them, but I find the blogger feed and Google reader to be very simple and easy.
BUT some of you do all your blog reading in the reader, and never jump to the actual blog. When I find a post I want to read, I like to open it up so that I am reading the blog directly. But, here's the clincher. Lately I do a lot of my blog reading on my iPad. When you open a post on an iPad, if you scroll to the bottom you will find that it offers the option to 'view web version'. I'm betting many of you never choose this option. There's an important reason why I do choose that option, and that's why I am writing this post.
|Lucy under construction, August 2004|
- The labels interest me so that I can find an old post on a particular topic. For example, looking for something for kindergarten? Click on the kindergarten label and you'll find any post tagged with that label! Simple! You won't see the labels if you are viewing the posts only in a reader.
- The blogroll interests me because often you might include a blog I've never seen before on your blogroll, and I can jump there directly from your blogroll! Again, you won't see the blogroll if you are only using the reader.
- And the followers! You can learn a lot about a blog by finding out who is reading it. And you can click on the follower and find out if they have a blog too, and if they do, and you've never seen it before, then, well... you get the idea!
|Again, this image nothing to do with the post... I just didn't have a good way to end the post. Anyhow, how do YOU read blogs? Have I given you any food for thought? (Food! Time to go cook some dinner!)|