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How to subscribe to blogs (Or, why you shouldn’t panic about Google Reader’s demise)

There was a season when I was too busy blogging to read blogs, but then that started feeling weird and wrong, so I started reading them again. (I learned my trick: I need to write first, producing before I consume.) So I started reading blogs again, after I’ve written my day’s personal quota, and reading them reminds me continually why I love this blogging thing in the first place. I have a carefully-curated lineup of favorites, and add more as I find them unmissable.

By far, the easiest way to keep up with blogs is to subscribe to them—it’s free, you don’t have to constantly check to see if there’s something new, and if you want to click over and read on the actual site, you can—the link comes to you, in whatever inbox you use to receive the blog’s feed. (“Feed” is fancy web talk for frequently updated content, if you were ever too afraid to ask.)

And like many of you, I used Google Reader for years, and was shocked to hear its ultimate demise by July 2013. So I started exploring, found my new favorite way to subscribe, and now I can’t imagine ever going back to Reader, even if it were sticking around.

So consider this your primer for how to subscribe to blogs—whether you’ve never subscribed to a blog before, or whether you subscribe to hundreds and are looking for a new place to do it.
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Some of my favorite apps

I was a late adopter to the smartphone phenomena. When I finally sprung for the iPhone 4, in the summer of 2011, it took me approximately 2.6 seconds to realize how this baby was going to either help my life enormously or hinder my ability to have any boundaries whatsoever. I’ve come to learn how (read more…)

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Email: fail (a confession and manifesto)

I‘ll just say it: my email inbox is out of control. As someone who feels rather “with it” in several arenas of life, I’ll publicly admit that my inbox is not one of those places. Above is a screenshot of just a portion of my inbox — obviously I’m behind. A few months ago, I (read more…)

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Do more with less with 9 essential tools

This giveaway is now closed. Check back soon for the winner! Since I’m all about simple living, I’m also all about getting the most out of the things I use in my daily life. To me, living simply isn’t about needlessly suffering without life’s necessities, or as I mentioned earlier, winning some backwards contest over (read more…)

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