Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Are you using Bloglines?

There are now over 40 genealogy blogs on Cyndi Howell's list of blogs here. And there are more out there that she doesn't list yet.

So how do you keep track of them all? Is it worth your time to visit each one every day? I found that it was not worth my time, and Bloglines came to the rescue.

On the Bloglines home page, you will need to click on the "Subscribe" link and sign up for a free account (I have had no spam from this account). Then you can click on the "My Feeds" tab and then click on the "Add" link and insert the URL for every blog (one at a time) that you want to follow efficiently. You can put any number of them here, and they don't even have to be about genealogy.

I recommend that you save your Bloglines page as a Favorite or Bookmark and put it at the top of your blog list. When you next go to the Bloglines site, you can click on "My Feeds" and see all of your subscribed blogs and they will be highlighted if they have new content. Then you can click on the highlighted blogs and read their content without going to the actual web page. If you want to make a comment on a particular blog, you can click on the post title and go directly to the blog and make your comment.

Pretty cool.

For bloggers, the drawback is that using Bloglines probably doesn't show up in your hits count. On the other hand, the Bloglines list does show how many people are subscribed to your blog. Right now, I have 7 subscribers. Eastman has 146 subscribers.

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