Google Reader – Add A Subscription

[Note: this is the second in a series of posts about how to use Google Reader to susbcribe to and follow various genealogy blogs. I'll be using my personal settings used for close to 600 genealogy blogs followed by GeneaBloggers as examples.]

Using URL Address to Add a Subscription

If you already have a URL address for a genealogy blog, use the Add a Subscription function in Google Reader.

  • Click Add a Subscription.
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  • Enter the URL address of the blog.
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  • Click Add.  The main window of Google Reader will indicate that you are now subscribed to the blog.
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    Note: You may have to wait several seconds – up to even 30 seconds – for the subscription confirmation to appear.  There is no “hour glass” or other “waiting” indicator.

Using Search Terms to Add a Subscription

If you don’t know the exact URL address of a blog or you want to explore the blogosphere for new blogs, use the search terms feature.

  • Keep in mind that you don’t need the entire URL with “http://” – you can simply enter search terms and click Add.
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  • When using a search term, you may find more than one blog which matches your criteria.  Locate the blog you want and click the Subscribe button.
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  • If your search criteria does not match any existing blog, you will be asked return to the Add a Subcription button and try again.
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Previous posts:
Google Reader – Getting Started

Next post: Subscribing Using A Blog’s RSS Feed Button

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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