There are a lot of online services that track the blogs you’re interested in such as Kinja, Google Reader and Bloglines. They’re quite simple to use — just identify which blogs you want to follow and their corresponding feeds (RSS? ATOM?). Subscribe to their feeds and your aggregator will check those for updates. (If you’d like to know more about how this works, Steph of Back in skinny jeans explains this really well in this entry.)
In a nutshell, when your favorite blog reads publish a new entry, you’ll know right away! No need to go back to your bookmarks and manually check each blog. That’s so time-consuming! Thank goodness for feeds.
I follow a mix of blogs with the following themes — beauty & fashion, entertainment, poetry, design, food, personal, productivity, travel and Twilight-related. I used to have them in one huge clump – e.g. gossip blogs mixed with food. This worked fine with me at first, but when I needed to read a blog with a specific theme, I’d have to sift through all the updated feeds to get to the blog with the theme I wanted. Again, I wanted to manage my bloghopping time better.
Hence, folders. Folders labeled according to the themes I love. When there’s an update under Personal, I head on over to its folder and check out the blogs with new updates.
So this is how I organize my blog reads. I do this because it helps me manage my time better, and when hit with a specific mood, I can go straight to the folder that matches my mood. All I want to do is read on new news about The Office, Ugly Betty or TMZ? I head on over to the Entertainment folder.
It’s pretty simple and straightforward. And yes, a tad O.C. I know, but giving my bloghopping some structure works for me.
How do you manage your blog reads? Do you organize it in anyway or are all the blogs in one blog roll? What works for you?