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We’d like to introduce you to one of those cool networking tools out there that will help you with your blogging, education, and networking efforts. This may seem like a very basic concept, but our motto is “one step at a time”, and we’d like to express the importance of setting this tool up: if you haven’t done so already, now would be a good time.
What is this nifty little tool? An RSS* blog reader, online blog reader, or RSS feed reader.
What is a blog reader? A blog reader is an organizer for all your favorite blogs. It allows you to collect RSS feeds from all over, into one place, and administer them as you like. You can often group them by name or class, choose to receive email digests, bookmark your favorites, and more.
Readers are provided by many different sites out there, such as: Bloglines, Google Reader, NewsGator, SharpReader, NetNewsWire, or RSS Bandit. (Google Reader is the best RSS feed reader for us). Again, if you don’t yet have a reader, take some time this week to get one started — you’ll be glad you did.
How to use your reader for blogging. Coming up with content is always on the mind of a blogger, and often a struggle. Keeping up to date on blogs related to your industry can give you fresh ideas of what to write on your own. Don’t copy others, but if you have your own fresh take on a subject, or notice something they missed, write about it!
How to use your reader for networking. Networking** is a great way to take part in your online community, and drive traffic to your own website. Find blogs that interest you — news, music, religion, yoga — it doesn’t have to be in your industry, just things that interest you. Comment on other people’s blogs. Take part in discussions. Thumbs up or down others’ comments. A web RSS reader gives you quick access.
How to use your reader for education. The web is abundant with free information and education. We suggest you create a section in your reader of blogs written by the leaders of your industry. This helps you stay ahead of the game, and (most important) continue to provide value to your customers.
For other tips on getting people to read your blog, visit 10 Techniques for Finding Blog Readers
Happy Blogging, and happy reading!
* – RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”
** – See Beth Barany’s article on networking to learn effective networking methods