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How Google Reader Can Save You 29 Minutes a Day

January 21, 2010

One of my goals this year is to have 100 feed (RSS) subscribers to my blog. Although my blog gets between 400 and 700 hits a day, I only have 26 subscribers. The goal of this post is to get you to subscribe to my blog by signing up for Google Reader. It’ll take 10 seconds if you have a Google account. There’s a reward at the end.

Why are subscribers so important? Because they see what you write every day. When you write every day–like me–that’s really important.

What is a feed? A feed, or RSS is a way to receive web content whenever that content is updated. It’s like the difference between walking down the street to the newsstand to buy a newspaper versus having the paper delivered to your house.

What is Google Reader? In the above analogy, Google Reader is your doormat–it’s where all the newspapers are delivered. Instead of walking down the street to 10 different newsstands every day, you just go to one place–your doormat–to find all the information you care about waiting for you to read it. Google Reader is free.

Why Google Reader? Because it’s about 10x more efficient than manually going to all your favorite blogs and websites every day (that’s 29 minutes saved every day!). Google Reader lets you scroll through all new content, meaning you waste no time clicking around on various sites and bookmarks for content that may or may not have been updated since you last checked.

How do I get Google Reader? The easiest way is to subscribe to my blog feed by clicking here. What you see will depend upon your browser (I use PCs, but I assume you Mac users will see something spectacular, like a live unicorn prancing out of the screen), but there will be a Google Reader option. Click it and put in your Google (i.e., Gmail) account info. Then you’re done. That’s it.

In the future when you find a blog you like, all you have to do is click the RSS icon (as shown in this post) to subscribe to the feed. Or if you frequent a webpage for which the feed address is a mystery, you can enter that website address (http://jameystegmaier.com) into Google Reader and it’ll find the feed for you. It’s that easy.

As I said, I’m currently at 26 subscribers. If I make it to 35 by the midnight tomorrow due to all of you subscribing to the feed, I’ll do whatever you want. More skinny jeans photos? Done. Fewer skinny jeans photos? Done. A new list of stuff I like to smell? Done. An earth-shattering confession? Done. You name it. I’ll do it.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 11:47 pm

    Hey Jamey – Just read this post in Reader, but then, I was already subscribed. Question for you: How do you know how many subscribers you have?

    ~L

    • January 22, 2010 12:01 am

      Okay, go to Reader and click on a blog (say, your blog). In the upper right, click “show details.” In the middle of the screen, you’ll see how many subscribers you have.

      • January 22, 2010 7:52 am

        Gotcha! Thanks. I have 9. I’ve got some promoting to do!

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