This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

How to use a Google Feed Reader

If you don't already have a Google Reader account to read blogs like this one, you are missing out! I too used to check out the two or three blogs that I read on a regular basis whenever I remembered by clicking on my favorites. Some of my friends blogged daily. Most didn't blog for days or even weeks (sometimes longer). I'd get tired of clicking on each account and would forget until their posts were so ancient they were no longer relevant, or I'd miss posts because I didn't know they'd posted more than one.

Then the hilarious blogger at Because I Said So, wrote a post about the Google Reader. As soon as I tried it I was hooked! Now I have to admit I've become addicted to reading blog posts. I want to share this with you. (You don't have to read as many blogs as I do of course!!) Google Reader also works for news feeds and other stuff, but I only read blogs!

The Reader puts all posts on one website so you don't have to go to a lot of websites. It tells you if there are new posts you haven't read and marks them as read when you do read them (or you tell it to).

So here's what you do!

Sign up for a Google Reader account by going to If you already have a Google account, you can use your same username and password. If you don't have one yet, choose "create an account".

Once you have a Google Reader account save it to your favorites (you want to do this before you start adding subscriptions, but you don't have to). Now you can start adding subscriptions to your Google Reader by clicking on the "+Add a Subscription" button at the top of the page on the left side.
Open a new tab or window and go to your favorite blogs (like mine). On the tool bar at the top of your page is an orange button (looks like the one the little girl in the picture at the top of this post is holding). Push the button and it gives you the feed link for the blog (or news feed or whatever) on the place where you enter websites at the top of your page (on my computer anyway). This means your reader gets the updates/feeds. Here's mine Copy this link.

Now push that "+ Add a Subscription button" on your new reader and paste the link. Click the "Add" button. Your new subscription will show under subscriptions with the name of the blog and in parentheses after it the number of posts you have not read yet (it starts with 10). So it looks like this. "Muddling through Mayhem (10)".

As you scroll down the posts, reading/skimming the posts, they will be marked as read which reduces the number in parentheses - so you know exactly how many posts you have left to read. Each time the blogger posts the number will be added to. If you want to you can mark all posts as read (there a button above the post area). I do this when I add a subscription (cause I've really already read those posts) or when I'm so behind that I have to give up and mark them as all read (right now I have 215 unread posts on my reader *sigh*).

Play with the buttons to get it to look like you want. (the picture here is not my reader, but it looks a lot like my set up).

You can find new blogs or feeds to subscibe to by clicking "View all Recommendations" under "Explore." At the top of the opened section click the tab for "Search." Under "Search by Keyword" you can enter search terms to find feeds you'd like to subscribe to (like RAD parent, teen adoption, knitting...). This list will tell you the name of the website or blog, a very brief description and the number of other people that subscribe to the site. You can use the number of subscribers to determine how popular the site is. The larger the number of people that subscribe to that site is, the more popular the site is considered to be.

Once you have all your subscriptions entered you can choose to read all posts in the Google Reader (rather than going to each blog), or you can click on the website name to go to the website or the post title to go to that particular post on its website. To comment you have to go to the website.

This is why I have 215 unread posts - I have something like 85 blogs I read!

Funny ones:
Cake Wrecks
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
FAIL Blog: Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments
People of Walmart
Stephanie Snowe: The Blog!
Stories from Apartment Managers

Mostly Adoption/ Special Needs
"We May Not Have It All Together, But Together We Have It All"
a bipolar daughter and the family who loves her
Adopted - The Comic
Ain't That Sherific?
Alayna's World
An Adoptive Mom
beautifully chaotic
Brenda McCreight PH.D.
Busy Intersection
Calm, Interrupted
Crayon: creating a life out of cHaOS
Everything About Adoption in One Place
Eyes Opened Wider
Faith Makes Things Possible Not Easy
Finding my Heartsmile
Finding My Way to Family
Finishing Off My Family
Gold to Refine
Hartley's Life With 3 Boys
How Could You Not?!
I Know What We're Gonna Do Today
Jeannie's Happenings!
Journey to Being a Normal Little Kid
Life in the Grateful House
Living in a Handbasket
Living With RAD
Mama Drama - Times Two
Marty's Musings
Mom to My AngelBabies
My Radical Family!
Never a Dull Moment
One Future At A Time
One Mother's Day
P.S. House
Peace in Puzzles
Perspective RAD
Postcards from Insanity
Pulsipher Predilections
RADical Adventures
RadKid.Org Blog
Raising a Psychopath
Raising Alyssa
Rancho Chico
Random thoughts from the Fuller house
Reactive Attachment Disorder Blog
Recovering Noah
Robin's Nest - Homeschool Blogger
Sometimes God *does* give you more than you can handle
Special Education for Families Blog
Special K's Journey
Stellar Parenting 101
Strong In The Broken Places
The Accidental Advocate
The Accidental Mommy
The Land of The Loo-Loos - it's not confidential, we've got potential!
the missing piece
The Pinocchio Syndrome
The Short Bus
Things that are happening
Third time's the charm?
This Side of the Ditch
This Work Stinks
Thou shalt not whine
Truth is Powerful and it Prevails
Under Scarlet Bird's Wing
Upside-Down Adoption
Watching The Waters
welcome to my brain . net
What Now?
With Love from Sumy
{RAGE against the MINIVAN}

Odds and Ends:
Because I Said So Reviews
welcome to my reviews
ID-ONE Insights
The Marvelous Meanderings of Miss Molly McPrickles

Edited to add new blogger I Know What We're Gonna Do Today

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