Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I am cooking up a fun new cupcake today and I will share it with you soon :)

I thought I would do a simple…straight forward post about how to read blogs. First off…blog is short for Weblog. Back in the day (1997…not that long ago) when blogs first came out…they were referred to as “logs” that were on the web. “Logs” as in journals. That is where the term comes from. As people began to use the online logs…the word became shortened to Blog. Just a bit of history there…

There has been so much chatter about Google getting rid of the popular friends connect tool. You will notice on this new blog template of mine I have chosen to not even put it up. It was a way to see visual see how many “followers” one blog had (a term I was never very fond of).




Members could click on the “follow” button to keep up with the blog. There are many other ways to do this…that are just as simple.



On the top right side of the blog…you will see these social connect buttons. Facebook (where many of you click over from), Twitter, Pinterest, Mobile App, RSS feed

The RSS feed is the easy way to read and follow several blogs in one neat space. When you click on the little rainbow….this screen will pop up…


See the top right corner where it says Subscribe Now…many choices. I happen to use Google Reader. If you have a Google account (Gmail, YouTube…etc.) Google reader is under that umbrella too. You would just enter your google username and password to sign up.

Now when you go to your favorite blog and click subscribe…you can just click your preferred reader and Google will organize all the blogs under reader.


This is an example view of what Google reader will look like when you have a few blogs to follow. I read several…but I have them organized into different folders…because I don’t read all of them every day.

There are other options too…like just having the blog delivered right to your email box. You would click the same little rainbow sign and put in your email.

I hope that helps you understand a bit better :)


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Yes, but how do you delete or stop following blogs through Google Reader? It seems impossible to me. I can “unsubscribe” a million times and they are still there getting in the way. Don’t worry, I don’t want to unsubscribe to you though. :)

    1. Ha! I know it…You go to Google,…go to your profile settings, next to Reader you will see settings. Go to subscriptions. Then click the ones that you want to unsubscribe to. Those blogs will not show up in your reader when you refresh Reader. Good luck :)

  2. I too am a big fan of Google Reader. Couldn’t understand the issue with Google Friend Connect until they announced the discontinuation of the Word Press widget. I sort mine into all sorts of categories so I can read what I want to read when.

  3. Thanks so much for the blog info… I know about blogs… but you filled in some gaps… thanks!!

  4. Thanks Tracie! Such good information that I’m still trying to wrap my brain around!

  5. Do you know how a person can leave a comment on a blog when there is no info for e-mail comment?

  6. Traci your an angel my angel. Newbie senior / no internet knowledge. I’ve asked & never had a reply. THANKS a MILLION. My hubby & I have a pale blue in our bedroom, with blue shades & white a little. Pretty Traci.

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