Tuesday, August 03, 2021

How to read multiple blogs

EC has been having trouble with Blog Spot's blog reading system. I've looked at it once in the past and it seemed to show what people had posted if they used Blogger, not for anything else.

I looked at it again a couple of days ago and took forever to load and then did not show me anything. I think there is really something wrong with it.

It is rare for me to push a private company, but I use The Old Reader for feeds from all blogs, including WordPress blogs, self hosted blogs, newspaper feeds of what I am focused on such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London, via The Guardian. I also use it for when new podcasts are uploaded by the producer after I have added them. I find it quite brilliant. 

Amusing, I had forgotten about Google Reader. I used to use that. You can read more about The Old Reader and how it evolved and I was there and using it as it did evolve. It is free to use to subscribe up to 100 feeds. I went over that and while it wasn't mentioned, I decided I should pay for such a good service, a whole US$2 per month. The full Wikipedia article is here. It takes a little time to set up, but once it is, forget it until you want to add another site to it, and that is quite simple. 

There is also an app for your phone or tablet. 

You can read new blog posts and see photos within the site but at times it renders text colours differently and makes them hard to read. If you read a blogpost within The Old Reader, it does not count as read on the blog you have just read. If you want to comment, you click on the headline or the blog title and you are taken to the blog post or the blog itself. It can do fancier things, but I don't bother with them, although I do also use it to be notified of new podcasts, mostly from the ABC and they are easy to download at The Old Reader by right clicking on the link and saving. I don't know if they are seen as a podcast download. James? 

Sorry to Canadians because you are in my US folder, and EC is is in my NSW folder. Really now, I wonder why I bother with named folders. It seemed to be helpful when I set it up but it doesn't really matter now.

Here is a Wikipedia snip, "The Old Reader is a web-based news aggregator that delivers website, blog, and other Internet content to a web-based inbox. The service sprung up when Google removed social features from Google Reader;[6][7] the site supports social media sharing, including the ability to "like" content, and find friends via social media networks".

37 comments:

  1. I use Blogger's 'Reading List' on my left sidebar. Everything I read is there.... I don't want more.

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    1. Cro, as with all things like this, whatever works for you.

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  2. My reading list of blogs I follow is still accessible via the "menu" stripes at the top left of my blog page. I don't know if that shows up on your computer when you click on my blog, if it does, click on it and you will see my list. Any blogs I read that I haven't "followed" are in my "favourites" list, accessed by clicking on the star with menu stripes on the far right section of the tool bar.
    I am wondering if EC's trouble is because Windows7 is no longer being supported and she isn't keen on switching to Windws10.

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    1. River, no I can't see that. If the stripes are horizontal, they are called hamburger stripes. If vertical, I don't know.

      I didn't know EC was still using Windows 7. That could be a reason.

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    2. I'm still using Windows 7 and have no problems.

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    3. hamburger stripes? I've always called it menu.

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  3. I use my sidebar where there are blogs I follow.

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    1. Diane, yes that is good. Without totally changing my blog, I can't do that. I'm not brave enough, or can't be bothered.

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  4. Interesting will read about it.
    I'm having a few problems with blogger at the moment, one followers blog tells me no new posts so I've bookmarked that blog, then another the on my list is at the bottom and won't refresh also - so bookmarked that one...hopefully the glitch will soon be fixed.

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    1. Margaret, yes these glitches often are fixed but it seems to take so long.

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  5. Always seems to be a problem when they decide to upgrade a programme or app. I wish they would leave well alone.

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    1. Marie, a young and possibly wiser friend does not allow things to update. I do. I am unwise I think.

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  6. I have a drop down of bookmarks, I have never used a feed reader.

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    1. Ok TP. So you have to manually click on each bookmark?

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    2. yes to the manual clicking of bookmarked, same on my reading list, a drop down menu of those I follow.

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    3. I meant on my blog sidebar, like Steve down below, that's my drop down menu/reading list.

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  7. Oh wow, I didn't know this, and explains why I'm missing some of my peeps who normally stop by. This sounds like a real headache. Thanks for the heads up and suggestions. You're the best! Hugs, RO

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    1. Me either, RO. I am still in the generation that couldn't walk and chew chewing-gum at the same time.

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    2. RO, I really don't know if it is related, but there does seem to be issues. At least I appeared to you, haha.

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    3. Hels, I reckon you could carry coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other though.

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  8. Sounds interesting.

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  9. I've never used any of these readers. I just go down my blog sidebar and click on each updated blog -- they're listed in order of updating so when I get to one I know I've read, I know everything below that is old news too. This generally seems to work pretty well.

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    1. Steve, yes I can see that works well. Perhaps I should do some work on my blog, but I don't use the feed just for blogs.

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  10. I thought EC's problem was with posting comments to other people's blogs ...? which would be a different problem from not getting updates on new posts, I think.

    The first few years after I started reading blogs there were a few I couldn't comment on; it turned out to be the browser I was using. Since then, Firefox has been my browser of choice. Haven't had any issues since. Firefox does update regularly, which I suspect has something to do with that.

    I dread having computer problems as I am bad at solving them.

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    1. Jenny, I am not really sure about EC's problem. So often it is not the user's error but a system problem.

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    2. Turns out I misunderstood the issue, Andrew. You had it right, I believe.

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  11. I recommended this to EC - like yourself I've used it for ever and I think it went down once in the nearly 20 years for an upgrade of some kind. I keep an RIP folder along with a few others and revisit some of the greats from the past.

    I'm now trying to sort out my backup cloud service which, because I had a new solid state drive installed, is causing me some anguish.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes it is so reliable. Like you I can only remember it having problems once. Solid state drives are a very good idea and I'm sure once you have your cloud storage sorted, you will be happy.

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  12. I hate to hear EC is having problems.
    Thanks for sharing the feeder info.
    Take special care.

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  13. Thank you Andrew. jenny_o told me that you had posted about my problem. And yes, Wisewebwoman did tell me your solution - which I am obviously going to have to try. Soon.
    My reading list includes blogs other than blogger blogs and until v recently did show them. Now it shows none.

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    1. I hope it may be some help to you or to others. I didn't know about the ability to read non Blogger blogs.

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  14. I have a blogger reading list, add any blog, but I think only blogger blogs. Only new posts show on the read list so I like it and know when there's a new post. I'm occasionally getting the feeder emails from a few blogs even though that isn't supposed to work any longer.

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    1. Strayer, that might be because you subscribed to receiving a notification of when they post. But I do remember something about that stopping.

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  15. Thanks for the tip about The Old Reader. I was an early and enthusiastic user of Google Reader, until it was closed. I also used Feedly. I read an article the other day about Google's plans to include some aspects of an RSS reader in Chrome. Will look with interest. In the meantime, I'll check out The Old Reader.

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    1. James, I think you would have quite a number of uses for The Old Reader. Google would have to do well to beat it.

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