BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Google Reader- Yea or Nay!

Like many others out there, I use Google Reader to help me navigate the way too many blogs I follow. I've increased by almost double what I can read daily. And yes I spend sooo much time reading others blogs that it has cost me precious reading time. This I hate but don't seem to be able to cut back. And I'm always finding new blogs that I MUST read. Reviews that are about books I'm reading or planning on reading, I flag and read after I've finished the book. If I've already read it or on the fence, then I do read the reviews. But it sure makes it much easier to bypass the many memes out there. But one thing I've noticed is that unless I'm compelled to leave a comment, I don't actually visit the blog. This got me to thinking, if I'm reading the review on Google Reader then the blogger doesn't know I've seen it as it won't show as a hit. Humm, not sure if while the GR is great for the reader, it's not so great for the blogger.

20 comments:

Sniffly Kitty said...

That's always been a problem with blogs. But to keep track of all the blogs there are out there, it's a must to use a reader.

There is still a bit of knowledge of the readers because you can keep track of subscribers to the feed. I would rather someone be able to read my blog however they find convenient than find themselves not wanting to read my blog at all because it's onerous to.

Sniffly Kitty
Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Excellent point. I will make a bigger effort to leave a post on reviews that I read on Google Reader from now on though.

Ricki said...

Good point, but without Google Reader, I would be missing many of these posts because I cannot keep straight all the blogs I want to follower, so it is nice that Google Reader does it for me. However, if I see a post I want to comment on (like this one), I click on it and do so.

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Michele said...

That's so true. The number of blogs I follow increases exponentially and I feel guilty I can't visit them all more often...I'm trying to better about visiting and commenting more often, too.

Mariee said...

When I started reading blogs I didn't know about Google Reader, so I used to bookmark them and then visit the sites one by one - which took forever! If I hadn't found Google Reader I wouldn't be able to read as many blogs as I do. Love it!

marybelle said...

I wish I had time to access all the blogs I want. I have not yet begun using Google Reader. I must investigate.

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Birgit said...

I'm kind of glad I'm not the only one following way too many blogs. But even with the convenience of Google Reader I still spend too much time on too many (good!!) blogs *sigh*.

Linda Henderson said...

I follow a lot of blogs and I will admit a lot of times I don't go to the actual blog. I'll try and change that.

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tearyeyedstars said...

I follow a lot of blogs through Google Reader too! But if i want to comment on it, then I usually click on the blog post to directly comment.

Notorious Spinks said...

I just read when I have a chance however my Google Read runneth over as well. LOL! However, I think that it doesn't matter if you physically visit the site because most bloggers include their google followers in their stats. I know I do anyway.

Pam S said...

I have subscribed to a few blogs via google reader but haven't religiously used it. I have been just bookmarking and subscribing via email... but as my list grows its very hard to do it that way so will be using gr much more in the near future.

jeanette8042 said...

Totally agree with you. I use Google Reader since I have waaay too many blogs and just look at them through there. I accumulate so many blogs that it would take forever to comment on everything.

Megan said...

I kinda like google reader but I don't use it for my book blogs. it would be an epic mess.

Reader Riah said...

I have a great love for Google Reader. I'm regretful that it took me so long to give it a chance. I now read very few sites without it.

Ollie said...

I have used Google Reader for a long time and i find it VERY helpful to find blogs that peak my interest and stay in touch with their latest posts.

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Lu said...

I thought about this a little while ago. So now, what I do is, if I see a post in my google reader, and read it I right click on it, and open it in another tab. Sometimes, I comment, other times I just finish reading it, other times, I just close it since I already finished reading it through my reader. By opening it in another tab, it counts as a hit(or at least I hope it does..lol). Of course without a comment the blogger doesn't know that I read it, but they know it was viewed by someone.

Wolf Bear said...

Have not explored the use of "Google Reader." Obviously, must do so . . . because I have been wondering how bloggers read so many books . . . and so many blogs. Figured I must be the slowest reader on the blog circuit. I miss my book reading time. Since I've found the world of "Book Lover Blogs" I seem to spend more time reading blogs than I do books . . . and yet, like you, "don't seem to be able to cut back." Guess I need to read a "How To Speed Read" book.
--Vonda
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windycindy said...

"Amen!"
Cindi
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Abby said...

I don't use GR. I prefer to subscribe to emails even though it takes a lot of time. I'll scan the title or maybe read a little before actually going to the blog. I only post if I like what I've read most of the time.