Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What is an Aggregator?

Image via kmel

Recently, I have had a few questions from readers on how to access blogs, or rather, how to keep them all in one spot.

Keeping websites in one place is easy - sites like delicious are excellent for tagging and keeping your favourites in the same location, and you can access them from anywhere in the world. Cool, huh?

But an easy way to keep your blogs in one spot (I'm sure there's a 'blogspot' joke of sorts to make, but it eludes me today...) is to keep them all in an aggregator like Google Reader or Bloglines. Once you open up a free account with whatever service you choose, it's as easy as adding the URL of your favourite blogs. When each blog has a new posting, you can see it really easily.

This will stop you from updating a blog or obsessively checking it ever few minutes (yes, I used to do that, too). Instead, you can relax, and leisurely stroll over to your bloggy friends when they invite you!

Hope this helps - please feel free to leave any tips in the comments section below.

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