Sunday, July 29, 2007

Using Bloglines

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has mentioned Bloglines in several of his posts and yesterday I decided to give it a try. So far, I can say without hesitation, I love it! Thanks for the tip, Randy.

It did take me a couple of hours to go through my Favorites to get the nearly 100 blog urls (and, believe it or not, not all of them are Genealogy Blogs) added to Bloglines, but it is going to be so very handy to have them all in one spot and to easily see what has been updated since last logging in to Bloglines, so definitely worth the time it took. You can set up folders to categorize your blogs and you can also set up a favorites bookmark that allows you to easily add a new blog to your Bloglines account.

And, of course, there is the added benefit of using a web-based bloglist since it will be accessible on any computer anywhere that is connected to the internet. Which means, when I start going on research trips I'll easily be able to keep up to date on what is going on in the genea-blogging world.

Bloglines generally displays the posts without any formatting or ability to add comments but a simple click on the blog title will open a new window to display the blog with all of its formatting. Depending upon the options the blogger has selected for feeds, you may see the complete post or it may be just the first few lines of the post. Again, a click on the blog title opens the full post allowing you to see it as the blogger intended and giving you the ability to add your comments.

Bloglines has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page if you want to learn more before signing up and using this FREE service.

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