Wow! I hit a nerve with my blogging tips. A few questions were asked in my comments, and I thought I'd answer them here just in case others want to know the answers. I just want to remind you that I'm really a novice and I'm learning as I go.
(comment edited for brevity...) Didja really need to call me out?
Yes. Yes, I did.
What are the numbers beside the url address?
I think you're asking about the numbers in parentheses beside each blog that's listed in Google Reader. If you're not, please let me know. That's the number of new posts to read for each blog! It's overwhelming when you first sign up, because it goes back and grabs days or weeks worth and makes you think you've got way more to read than you probably do. You can check "mark all as read" for each blog if you want to start fresh. If you keep up with it, you'll rarely see more than a "1" next to each blog. But if you're like me, I'm terribly behind and currently have 86 (yes, 86!) posts to catch up on. I might pull a Kelly and just mark them ALL as read, but I'm not sure I have the guts. Kelly is a brave, brave woman.
Here's a question for you. Do my comments have an email reply option?
If you mean could I respond directly to your comment when it was emailed to me, no. I think it's because you don't have a google account (you could get one just for ease in commenting) and so there is no email address connected with your comment. Otherwise... I could've just answered this question via email! (Well, I know I could've anyway, I just thought I'd answer it here in case others wondered the same thing.) But, if you were asking if the comments you get on YOUR blog have the email reply option... I don't know the answer to that because you don't use blogger and it's all I know! (Not helpful, I know.) I have noticed that several of you took my advice and plugged in your email address! Yahooo! Thanks for doing that. It's nice to know someone listens to me, even if my 2 and 4 year old don't.
So I tried google reader and did well until it wouldn't let me put in some of the blogs I read. What am I doing wrong? I typed many in and they were added easily and then it said it couldn't find some of the blogs I typed in. I am so new at all this- any help is appreciated! Thanks!
Argh. I know your frustration, because I have about 6 blogs I read that Google Reader just won't accept. Unfortunately, I can't help you! I wish I could. For all but one of mine, they are through other blogging sites or just websites, and I think I just don't have the know-how to get them into Reader. The other one IS a blogspot blog and it's a mystery to me why it can't be found because I read it every day! In fact, it's funny because when I plugged it in to "Add Subscription," an entirely different blog popped up in it's place. And guess what? Now I'm hooked on THAT blog! (I think I need help.) The good news is that with one of the blogs which was giving me a problem, I asked the blog owner who knew exactly how to get it into my Reader. Thanks, Mer! So, you could just inquire if it's worth it to you. In the meantime, I have a separate little bookmarked folder titled "Blogs I read NOT in Google Reader!" and I'm careful to check those a couple times a week so as to not miss updates. I wish I could help you more. If I learn the secret, I'll be sure to let you know.
My only question is what am I going to do with my no-longer-needed obsession of checking everyone's site?
I'm glad you asked, Byranie, because I too struggled with this once I started subscribing to my most loved blogs through Google Reader. I began filling my time by finding MORE blogs to read consistently now that I had more time to do so. When I realized that defeated the purpose, I focused on feeding my family three balanced meals a day and catching up on months of laundry that had been neglected whilst I surfed blog after blog. I'm happy to report that my family is well and thriving and that they now realize that the glow on my face is pregnancy related and not from a computer screen.
All I can say is... HUH? I have a blog that someone we all know and love (Angie) created for me...I can't even access it and even if I could I have no idea what any of you just said to each other. 'Guess I'll go back to school for this because for now my "BLAH-G" is just that. You all amaze me.
Well, Anonymous, I'm just happy that you read this post. Reading a blog is generally the first step in owning one. I'm happy to turn over the keys to your blog and will email you the information you need to access it yourself. It's sat idle for exactly three long months now, and I'm quite eager to see how you de-"blah" your BLAH-G. I doubt others will agree that Rappin' with Kimmy-Kat is very "blah". And now that the link is out there for all to follow, there is no pressure, Kimmy-Kat! If you need help, you have the ultimate fast pass to Blogging 101 - my phone number. Now get blogging, MOM!