>> February 4, 2010
I have a couple friends (Yes, believe it or not, it's true) that were chatting about Google Reader. These friends are hip, busy, chics that seem to know the ins and outs of all things writer-friendly. They manage children in their home, husbands in their
beds way space, volunteer positions in their churches, and on top of all that, they are hot in pursuit of their writing destiny.
The other day one of them mentioned reading blogs with Google Reader.
“Google Reader?” some perplexed individual asked.
“You have something that reads your blogs for you?” the young one who types before thinking asked.
I, the wise one that didn’t want to look stupid, did what every person who practically lives with a computer in her lap (did I just admit that out loud?) does. I googled it. If it was a new hot thing to make my life easier or make me look cool, I wanted in. After all, if my heroes use it, so must I.
Google Reader is a place where you can have all the blogs you follow appear in the same window where you can scroll down and read through them all. It is set up similar to an email.
I had to explain to the latte-novice dear that one cannot experience the full gratification of a latte by going through the drive-thru. She was kid-free and with me, let’s do it correctly.
If you go through the drive-thru you talk to a box, stick your arm out your car window, and juggle your precious latte while you drive on through. You miss out on the experience.
What does this have to do with Google Reader, you ask?
Each of us who blog has spent time (probably way too much time) putting our personality into our blog pages. Everyone’s space looks different and we are forever changing things to update, upgrade, upscale our look. I NEED to experience blog-hopping.
If I use Google Reader I find myself skimming through everyone’s post, not really reading it and bored because there isn’t anything cool or new to fulfill my ADD stimulation needs. And I simply cannot read Adding Zest without experiencing the well designed site. *wink*