My One Little Word for 2010 is Purpose. Learning to better utilize Google Reader is one of the ways I intend to be more Purposeful this year. Now that I have begun to use it, I have found that I can read several blogs in the amount of time it used to take me just to decide which blog to visit. Google Reader keeps track of the blogs I want to follow and shows me posts I haven't read yet. Its on the web so I can access it from any computer & even from the web browser on my smartphone by going to reader.google.com on my phone.
Here is a GREAT Video with some tips for using more features of Google Reader. I learned about some new features & ways to use them. If you're completely new to Google Reader jump down to the 2nd video: Google In Plain English.
Google Reader Tricks for Craft Bloggers from Diane Gilleland on Vimeo.
Google Reader In Plain English
I was really reluctant to use Google Reader because I was afraid I would spend even MORE time online, but I find that using Google Reader actually allows me to be more intentional and productive about what I am reading than before I started using it. I get on, I look around and then I log off and I am able to avoid a lot of advertising too!