WDD: How To Spend 10 Minutes Keeping Up With Blogs
August 6, 2013
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Blogs can offer you the latest news in Web Design and Development – as well as critiques, professional insight, and details about specific aspects about the industry. But if you don’t have time to stay on top of your favorite blogs, are they a pointless resource?
We don’t think so – we just think you need some help keeping up with your favorite bloggers. So, we’ve outlined three quick tips for accessing your blogs on the go. With these tips, you can spend 10 minutes a day keeping up with your favorite Web Design and Development blogs.
Read them when you’re taking the bus to campus, between your classes or during homework breaks. With our tips, it’s easier than ever to get the information you need on your time.
If you have Blogger account…
Then you can use your account to create a “Blogger Reading List.”
When you add your favorite blogs to your reading list, they form a feed on your homepage. When a new post is up, a snippet appears on the feed that allows you to get an idea of what the post is about – and decide whether or not you want to read the entire post.
The feed allows you to see everything in one place – so you don’t waste time going to each individual blog. You can also save time this way by skipping posts that don’t interest you.
The Blogger Reading List is free through your Blogger account. However, with the recent elimination of Google Reader, Elizabeth of the “E, Myself and I” blog notes that this feature may disappear in the future.
If you don’t have Blogger…
Elizabeth recommends using BlogLovin’. This site is very similar to the Blogger Reading List, allowing you to add your favorite blogs to your profile and following them on a feed.
However, BlogLovin’ has an additional feature: it tracks the number of unread blogs you have. Like a new email in your inbox, each new post on your feed is marked as unread until you open it. This can be helpful – especially if you are reading your blogs on the go. To save time, you can skip longer posts and not have to worry about forgetting them – the site will remind you.
If you are constantly on a social network…
Most people today – especially younger students – belong to at least one social network, if not more. Liking blogs on Facebook, following them on Twitter or finding them on your favorite social network is an easy way to track posts.
Depending on the blogger, they may also have Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr or Google+ accounts. Following these social network sources not only allows you to keep up on new blog posts, but may also provide you with additional information and resources.
SEO manager at PsPrint Tom Chu recommends downloading the appropriate apps to your smartphone to track posts on the go. You can use these apps to track posts as well as share them – building your own professional profile as you continue to learn.
Incorporate these habits into your everyday life and soon you’ll have no trouble keeping up with your favorite Web Design and Development blogs.