How to follow 100 Art Ed Blogs and Stay Sane
I follow 100 Art Ed blogs and I have not lost my mind. How? Google Reader.
The video below shows you a brief tutorial on how Google Reader works.
Google Reader is part of the Google Applications family. It is a place the houses blogs you want to follow without actually going to each individual site. You can log into Google Docs much like you would log into your email. Google Reader aggregates the content into one place. It shows you what is new, and what you have read. It is an efficient way I can stay up to date on what is going on in the world of art education without wasting hours and hours each night. Not that viewing all of the blogs would be waste of time, however, I do have a life, and a blog of my own, and a family and a career and hobbies..You get the picture. I believe that in order to live life to the fullest you need to.. well… live it…. not spend it in front of a screen. I do love technology, however, and the great things it can bring to our lives. This is my compromise.
Here is a few of my reader. On the left you can see the blogs I follow. The blog you click on will show up in the screen on the right side.
Every day, I log into Google Reader like it’s my own personal newspaper. I spend about 15 minutes viewing what is new and interesting to me, read the posts and can visit the original site for the blog if I feel like commenting. What is stellar is that I can organize my blogs into folders for my different interests. The number after the folder indicates unread items.
In order to add a blog to you reader, you simply click “Add a Subscription” and copy and paste the blog URL (web address) into the blank below. Then, the blog is added and you can drag it into the folder you desire.
Google Reader is a lifesaver. One place + 100 Blogs = Happy Art Teacher!
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