My Google Reader

March 20, 2008

Woohoo! First day of spring!

I really like reading gardening blogs. What I don’t like is manually checking them day after day to see if there is a new post like a garden junkie needing a fix. Some bloggers are once-a-week types while others are more spotty which is fine. Though for me, I realized I was getting too impatient and was checking each site everyday. That’s when I started using Google Reader. Here’s a screenshot:

I have a Google email account and I love it. It’s so much nicer and easier to use than a Hotmail or Yahoo account. I also use a lot of other cool Google programs like Picasa for organizing my photos, Docs and Spreadsheets for sharing and collaborating on documents in real time, Google Earth for amazing mapping and Google Talk for instant messaging. I’m a big fan. So it made sense for me to start using Google Reader to organize my blog feeds.

I like that it’s fast, I don’t need another log in name or password, it shows the new posts clearly and I can mark everything as read with a button once I’m done. There’s other things you can do in Google Reader like apply labels and share items which I don’t use, at least not yet. Here are the blogs that I currently have in my Google Reader:




I realize now after putting this list together that I like reading about gardening in far away and exotic places and that I should be reading blogs from USDA Zone 4 to compare to my Canadian Zone 5. It’s easy to add subscriptions and I’ll definitely be filling it out as I find new blogs and re-visit old favourites.

Anyone got a blog they really like and think I should read?


9 Responses to “My Google Reader”

  1. Gillian Says:

    GardenWeb – I’d never heard of it. I assume it’s this site you’re talking about:
    It looks helpful – thanks for the tip!

  2. Kathy Says:

    Hi Gillian,

    Yes, GardenWeb has a list of forums that I like to check out as well as a Canadian-specific forum.


  3. I just set up Google reader as well, only because someone who was subscribed to my blog was having a problem and I wanted to find out what it was all about. It is quite good and I will be adding more blogs to it this weekend.

  4. Amy Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the link! I totally love the name of your site, and will return the linky love on mine.



  5. I use Google Reader, too, and would go nuts without it, trying to keep up with different blogs. Although, it can also be addicting to add more and more blogs to it because it makes it so easy to keep up with posts.

  6. Aiyana Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    My blog complements your blog. Mine is called “Water When Dry.” Follow that by yours–“I Wet My Plants,” and the two could be a children’s primer reading book! LOL.

  7. Kathy Says:

    Crafty Gardener, I love those cute bird houses! I have one of those gourd bird houses and will be putting it out this spring to see if it attracts any homeless birds.

    Aiyana, wow, what a beautiful desert garden! I love your photos! I really like reading about gardening in such different environments than mine.

    I’ll be adding both of your blogs to my Google Reader!

  8. Sue Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I’m flattered that I was already on your list. Thank you for including me!
    I’m not quite as systematic as you with my blog reading and tend to use the “current” list on Blotanical to see what catches my eye. Though I do check in here regularly 🙂
    As the number of really good blogs increases though, maybe something like Google reader is going to become essential. I shall check it out – thanks for the tip-off!

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