So you’ve got a lot of blogs and websites you’re wanting to keep up with. But you just don’t have the time to get to them. After all, it’s a waste of time to check blogs just to find out they haven’t been updated.

Well there’s a solution. And her name is Bloglines.

Bloglines runs on a system called RSS – Really Simple Syndication. But you don’t need to really understand RSS to get Bloglines to work. You just oughta know that’s what it uses. But there are some better explanations in layman’s terms.

Step 1
Go to and sign up for a free account

Step 2
Click on the “My Feeds” tab. Here you see a list of the feeds (or blogs or websites) you’re subscribed to. Click on a feed and you’ll see the updates on the right.

Step 3
To add blogs you can click on the “add” link under the tabs and it’ll give you options for adding blog URLs.

Step 4 Optional
Download a notifier so you’ll know when your blogs are updated.

Step 5 Optional
Make it even easier to add blogs by adding a bookmarklet.

That’s it. Check your bloglines account when you’re ready and it’ll tell you if your favorite sites have been updated…and how many new posts are there!

Still confused? Sorry. Try this tutorial from betterdays. It has screenshots!

Oh, and if you’re on the go, Bloglines offers a mobile version for your phone.

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  • I use bloglines all the time, it’s the only way to go!

  • rob

    Well, I used to be a big fan of SharpReader, but I think I’ve made the switch.

  • Rob:

    I used Sage in Firefox. What does Bloglines get me that I don’t already have in Sage? Sounds like the notifier might be something that Sage doesn’t really do.

    But I’ve never been able to figure out what’s so great about Bloglines in comparison to other news readers.

  • rob

    I’ve downloaded Sage also and it seems to be fine. For me personally, I’d rather have a full website I go to rather than a toolbar. For a long time I’d rather have a desktop application (SharpReader), but now I like a website with notifier.

    Sage is probably very similar and useful. To each his own. I might try Sage a little longer. I’m not unimpressed with it.

    Also Sage is only for Firefox, Bloglines is for anyone.

  • Thanks Rob.

    I’ve been hearing so much about how great Bloglines is, but every time I open my account, I can’t seem to find anything I don’t already have.

    Just thought you might know something I didn’t know. I’d been wondering about this for awhile, so when I saw your article, I “pounced on it!”

    Thanks again!

  • Been keeping up with you and your Mrs. for quite awhile using Bloglines.

  • Ok, so Bloglines is very nice… thanks for that pointer! I have been using Thunderbird’s RSS reader and it just seems awfully quirky. Bloglines looks like a nice replacement.

    Question – have you figured out any way to get Bloglines to subscribe to a google-groups list? I know they support atom feeds, but I can’t seem to get Bloglines to read any of them.

    Thanks much…

  • rob

    Christian, I’ve never tried to sub to a Google group. It works fine with Yahoo Groups though.

    It should work just fine with Google if they offer an atom feed. Bloglines reads atom great.

    I’d suggest if you can’t get Bloglines to autodetect it, then find the actual atom.xml file and try adding it in that way.

    If that doesn’t work, email Bloglines! I just haven’t tried.

  • I’m a Sage for Firefox user as well. Do a quick alt+s or click the toolbar button and I’ve got a nice directory of all of my feeds.

    I’m not so big on the notifier just because I read so many blogs. If I were to stop and read every time a new post was made, I wouldn’t get any ‘real’ work done.

    With Sage I can hit the magnifying glass and keep working while it updates. Any feeds that have new posts, Sage will bold and put a special icon beside.

    I currently keep tabs on 83 different blogs daily. The easy to see directory structure, coupled with the summary of feeds on mouseover, the ability to middle-click and get it in a new tab makes the task much more manageable.

    Plus, I can search Feedster from right in my sidebar. No worrying about graphics to load or nothing else. If I want to read an item, then I’ll worry about the page load.

    Just my 2 cents!