To me, the best thing about Blogs is that you find some amazingly useful stuff written by some fascinating people.
The worst thing about Blogs is that you have to keep going back to each web site to see if they’ve changed.
But there are tools out there, very simple ones, that can make that a no-brainer.
I’ve started using “google reader“.
It’s free although it needs you to follow a very simple sign up – how else would it know who you are next time? Note that’s “sign up” for a google account, not a gmail account (but if you have a gmail account, you already have a google account).
It shows you all the Blogs you’ve added in a nice clean easy to see screen. Most importantly it shows which ones have new, unread articles on them. That’s the single feature that makes it invaluable to me.
It even lets you read the Blogs from the google reader page itself in a plain text view or with pictures.
On a side note, it also recently saved my “HR Kit: Cold Weather” posting from being lost when I left my home machine logged in to the site and carried on an edit from work (if you use WordPress to produce a Blog – always log out of one machine before logging in on another!). Google had cached a copy and I retrieved it from there. Phew!
There’s another tool that looks very nice as well but I’ve not used it very much: Net Vibes
It’s a bit more richly featured (it has the weather and allows you to add other things like your ebay watch list) but I find myself preferring the simple google reader interface.
Oh, and if you’re looking for an outdoor related posting – the picture is from a walk we did in the Low Arctic (sounds exciting that eh?). It’s from near the Abisko Hut in the far North of Sweden, at the start of the Kungsleden. I must put up a post about it later in the year.