Other techno addicts at my school use RSS Feeds all the time and I've known for a long time that I really should do it. Normally, I just subscribe to receive updates in my inbox. However, if you've ever done this, you'll notice how quickly your inbox fills up. I end up looking at it quickly, telling myself I'll come back to it later and then eventually just deleting it out of my email because I haven't got the time to spend to review again. Today, I decided to go sign myself up for Google Reader. Lo and behold, apparently I already did! Now, I really have to take the time to get myself organized and actually use it.
The most important step (after registering of course) I started with was to create folders. I really am trying to organize myself. Right off the bat, I created a Web 2.0 educational folder, a family folder (for my family's blogs), and a Stamping folder (for my rubber stamping addiction).
Second step? Add a Google Reader tab to my home page. I think I might even make it the first one that opens up instead of my email. We'll see. I have to prioritize now. Which is more important...email...reader...email....reader...Well, at least I know they'll both open up, regardless of which tab is listed first.
Third step? Transfer all my email subscriptions to RSS feeds. This will take a bit as I have to go to each email so I can get to the website. Then subscribe to the RSS feed. Then I have to go back to my email and unsubscribe from all the email subscriptions. Oi vey! (sp?)
And finally, the all important step? Check my reader! Daily!
I know that bringing all the blog updates to my reader will save me a lot of time. I really am looking forward to being organized. Really, I don't understand why I haven't embraced this tool before.
So, who did I add to my Web 2.0 Educational folder? Right now, I only added two blogs. I only had the opportunity to glance through them today but I really wanted to get my feed wet. We'll see if they stay on the list or get tossed...
- Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: She appears to focus on sharing various technology and apps that she has found.
- Free For Teachers: The post that caught my attention discussed how to obtain free supplies for your classroom. Although this, of course, focuses on American resources, I thought the blog would probably end up being pretty useful.
Today's promise to myself: Spend 5 minutes each day, looking at my reader and selecting one post to read.