Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Blogline, a tutorial

When I first entered the world of blogging, I wondered how anyone ever managed to read more than a couple of blogs, it took so much time to go to each blog just to see if they had a new post.
I don't know about all of you, but I didn't have time to go clicking around blog land for an hour or two every day.

Then the amazing KAT introduced me to Bloglines.

Bloglines is a website that keeps track of all those blogs for you, it automatically tells you when they have been updated, and you can even view the blog right from bloglines, no need to go click, click, clicking anywhere.
Well, now I am able to easily follow about 30 blogs. It only takes me a few minutes each day to check and read them. I know that Kat follows many more, and there are some knitters out there who follow well over 100 blogs, all with the help of bloglines.

Several of you have come into the shop and told us you had the same problem, you would love to read the Hilltop Blog, the Hilltop Blogger's Blogs, and even a few others, but you just don't have the TIME!

So here is a Blogline Tutorial to get you up to speed.

First, go to www.bloglines.com


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Click in the center there to get started.

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Easy Peasy so far. . .

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Do as the good people at bloglines instruct, head on over to your email, they send it out very fast.

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Clickity Click and it will take you back to bloglines.

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OOPS, make that subscribe- I'm not goin' back to fix the graphic, we are on a roll!

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You can also create new folders if you are the organized type, for instance, I have a folder for HT bloggers, a folder for other knitters, a folder spinning blogs, ect.

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Congratulations, you did it!
Bloglines will now "watch" that blog for you, it will show up as having new posts in the left hand pane when the author posts. Some blogs will only show a summary of the post, you can change this, if you want, by clicking the blog name in the left frame, then clicking edit subscription in the upper right hand corner of the right frame. Change the "display preference" to "complete entries."

Go ahead and click "add" again and start adding blogs. Now you only have to visit ONE website to keep up on all the current knitting happenings.

Most websites have feeds, Bloglines, is also a great way to keep updated on the news, the weather, and other favorite topics.

Here is a list of some of our favorite knitting blogs

Hilltop Blog
http://hilltopyarn.blogspot.com

Yarn Harlot
http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/

Mason Dixon Knitting
http://www.masondixonknitting.com/

Knit the Classics
http://knittheclassics.blogspot.com/

January One
http://www.januaryone.com/

See Eunny Knit
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/

And a great place to find new knitting blogs to read is:
Knitting Blogs- a blog that lists other knitting blogs.

http://www.boogaj.com/knitting_blogs/

If you are a Hilltop Customer with a blog, and want to be added to our "blog roll" (a list of blogs we read,) email me your address at hilltopblog@gmail.com and I will add you to the list (coming soon to a sidebar near you.)

Happy Blogging!

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