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:
- Naked Tomatoes – a blogger that I met through GardenWeb
- Ottawa Hortiphilia – a blogger that I met through Plantcycle
- The Realm of Queen Sharbot – another blogger from GardenWeb
- 1-2-3 Go Garden! – southern Ontario
- My Roots Run Deep – Toronto, Ontario
- Northern Exposure Gardening – La Ronge, Saskatchewan (Canadian Zone 1)
- Playing in the Dirt – near Toronto, Ontario
- A Caribbean Garden – the Caribbean
- Bifurcated Carrots – Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Bliss – southern Netherlands
- May Dreams Gardens – Indiana, USA (USDA Zone 5)
- My Sister’s Garden Blog – northern New York state, USA
- Seeded – Toledo, Ohio (USDA Zone 5)
- Soilman’s Allotment Blog – a fun, colloquial British garden blog
- The Balcony Garden – Milan, Italy
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?