Do you see that blue button on the right side of this blog that says “something-number-of readers via feedburner?” That is the link to the feedÂ of my blog’s content. When you use a reader, and you are subscribed to my blog’s feed, you view the content of my blog from another program or site. Take note, I said program – becuase there are readers that you can download and site – because there are readers that are online. Just like there’s Outlook (program) and Gmail (online) for emails.
That’s what I thought of also when I first heard about readers. You see, if you read only a couple of blogs, there’s really noÂ need for a reader. But, let’s say you read about 10 blogs in one day. You go to blog # 1, read the new posts for that day, then youÂ go to blog # 2 and find out that blogger # 2 did not update. Then you go to blog # 3 who updated, and blog # 4 who did not update, and so on. You just wasted half of your time visiting blogs that had the same content since you last visited the sites.
Now, imagine a site (or a program) which can sort out all of that for you. You open the reader, like you would openÂ a mail program, then seeÂ only the newest postsÂ or articlesÂ which you have not read; just like there are a number of unread emails when you check mail.
Try it out
I suggest Google reader. Like Gmail, it’s simple and dead-onÂ only-the-stuff-you-need and then some in it’s feature list. When you click on that blue buttonÂ on the right, it well lead you to a page that will let you choose which online reader toÂ use. Â By the way, if you already have Gmail, then you already have an account with Google reader. You just have to sort of activate it. Try it out.