Google Reader Tip!

Posted on May 7th, by Amy in Blog Info. 24 comments

Do you get overwhelmed with the number of posts in your reader?  I sure do!  You all write a lot!  I learned from my friend Amy a great tip, and I thought I would share with you :)

From google reader you can add a little bookmark, when clicked it takes you to your next unread post in your reader!  I love this because, I often avoid my reader and the 1000+ posts that ALWAYS seem to be waiting for me there – it’s just too much to keep up with!  You need to have your bookmark bar visible, if you don’t check your bookmark settings.  I use google chrome, firefox is also a great browser.

 In your reader, go to settings, which is in the top right corner.
 Click on the little arrow, to drop the menu.
 Click “Reader Settings”
 Click “goodies”
 Scroll down to this section of the screen, and  click and drag the “Next >” to your bookmark bar.
You can also add a “Subscribe” button to your bookmark bar, to quickly add any feed to your list :)

I love this – I love to read on the blogs instead of in the reader anyway – it’s easier to leave comments, and take in the ambiance!

What do you think?  Are you going to give it a try?

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24 thoughts on “Google Reader Tip!

  1. 1
    amylouwho says:

    why yes! yes i am! I have some tag/folder specific buttons so I can just go through my daily reads or friends blogs if I want. love it! especially good when nursing and only have one hand!!

  2. 2
    wishes, true and kind says:

    I really want to do this — and did try, but whenever I drag the "next" to the bookmark bar, it connects it to Flickr. Every time I hit next I go to a photo on Flickr. I think I need the remedial course….

  3. 3
    Amber says:

    I LOVE the next button – it's how I read all the blogs now…while reading my coffee in the morning – and it's always fun to see what pops up next!

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    Quiltluver says:

    Yes!! Thanks for the tip. Your blog is set to only show part of the blog in the reader. When I got behind in reading, I must confess that I would skip blogs that I had to go to the actual blog to read. This will let me read the entire post!

  5. 5
    Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    Wow cool tip. Thanks!

  6. 6
    Kris says:

    I do this too! I love being able to see the actual blog. I only wish it would start from the oldest unread post rather than the newest…

  7. 7
    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Love the first screen shot you used for this tip Amy ;o)

  8. 8
    Robin says:

    What a wonderful tip. I've posted a link on my Blog to yours in order to help "spread the word". Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  9. 9
    Nancy says:

    great tip!! Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I learned one today. Thanks…

  10. 10
    Erin says:

    I love the NEXT button. It's so much nicer to view posts at their actual blog than in the plain-looking reader!

  11. 11
    MomBrose says:

    Hmmm, I guess I don't follow enough blogs to use google reader. I just have my "blogs you follow" on my blogger dashboard. A thousand Amy? That's in sane! I feel overwhelmed when I haven't read 7 or 8 :D

  12. 12
    Jessica says:

    I am so overwhelmed by my reader right now–your tip is so timely!

  13. 13
    timelady says:

    i use feedly, a free site that you register your google reader account with – and which is a way of using google reader that just formats and puts in categories so much better, and allows you too bookmark, email, do so much so much more easily than reader's interface! so all of the goodness, none of the pressure:)

    The quilting category i setup is my fave;)

  14. 14
    Melinda says:

    What a great idea. While I love Google Reader, it is so nice to actually read the blogs instead of what is in the Reader.

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    Allie says:

    Hm – well, I use Reader, but have all my blogs grouped in folders. For all the blogs I comment on regularly, they're in the "reply" folder, so I can quick read just those if I'm in a hurry. Um, I have over 400 blogs in my reader… I an addict?

  16. 16
    Georgina says:

    Thank you for that!

  17. 17
    whatktmadenext says:

    Thanks for the tip! I've been trying out the next post button this morning and it's really handy.

  18. 18
    Tara says:

    This is AWESOME!! And anytime you have a free minute or you're relaxing in front of the tv, you can just keep clicking next and keep being inspired!

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    a.niza says:

    great tip.m thanks for sharing. I like it better to read updates of my fav sites!

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    audreypawdrey says:

    Thanks for the tip! I love my reader, but I love reading the blogs on the blog itself, too. You miss so much without it.

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    Dresden Quilter says:

    I tried this out and it is amazing. Thank you so much!

  22. 22
    Madeleine says:

    yay! Thank you for the tip! :)

  23. 23

    […] up the house, and a few other must do chores around the house.  I have to say I love my “next” button!  I get overwhelmed when I go to my reader, but when I hit […]

  24. 24

    […] The tip is to use one of the “goodies” Google has available for the Reader to add a bookmark to your Bookmarks toolbar that will automatically go to the next unread blog post in your Reader. Be sure to read her post for the details on where to find this and how to do it. But the best part of this is that it doesn’t display the post in your Reader, it takes you to the actual blog so you can see the post in context. This is great! People spend a lot of time making their blogs attractive and I miss getting to see them all the time. […]

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