Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Be a follower
As a recent defector from another blog site, which shall remain nameless (but rhymes with SlowLoser), I have been enjoying some of the benefits of Blogger. While it doesn't have the built-in community of SlowLoser, it has one very important distinction: it isn't an ugly, red-headed step-child. As such, Google's Blooger team tweaks, improves and adds to the site regularly. It is actually, actively being improved. Yeah, yeah, that is new to me. I had placated myself with serial stagnation, whose only major change came in the form of a horrendous "site upgrade" that ruined the blogging experience for me. One of the recent additions/improvements to Blogger is the ability to "follow" another blog. If you haven't checked it out, you should. You can add blogs to your dashboard that you are following. From one, nice little spot there you can see if there are any new articles from bloggers you enjoy. They will also be able to see that you are following them, giving them that nice, warm feeling of being loved (or perhaps that cold, creepy feeling of being stalked). It also automatically adds them to your Google Reader, which, if you haven't used, you should. Next time you are in Gmail, just click the link at the top of the page that says Reader and there you go, all your Blogger favorites right there ready to read. Handy. I like it.