I do a moderate amount of blog reading, and I thought I would share my system of reading.
Firefox. This browser, the pioneer of multiple tabs, is extensible through add-ons.
Google Reader. I like the interface on this reader, and the ability to star things for later reference.
Read It Later. This Firefox extension makes it easy to save an article as a bookmark, then read them later.
FEBE. This utility allows me to sync my bookmarks between work and home. I can then keep my reading list handy.
Throughout the week, I will go through Google reader and star article titles that look interesting. I generally go through my A List daily, other categories once a week. Articles from feeds on Probation (either newly added or considered for deletion) get done about once a month.
On Sundays, I process all starred items. Using keyboard shortcuts, I look at the article a little more closely, and if it seems like something interesting I will open it in a new tab. When I am done with the list, I have many open tabs, and I close Google Reader, and save the open tabs under the Daily Reading bookmark. This is my reading for the next week.
Using FEBE on a schedule, I back up both home and work bookmarks to a folder on my thumb drive.
I try to read 20 articles a day. This usually clears out the week’s backlog of articles. I hit the Read It Later button 20 times to open the articles in browser tabs, and read through. I then delete the bookmarks out of the folder.
I like this method better than working in Google Reader, simply because many feeds have only summaries of articles (a pet peeve of mine, and a serious limitation I consider when subscribing). Plus by limiting how many articles I read per day, I don’t get sucked into many wasted hours in front of my computer.
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