Reading Blogs 101 – Other Ways to Follow


Maybe you don’t want to start with Google Reader. Maybe you want to do something different. First let me tell you this, using Google Readers really is easy. Second, let’s move on to some other ways you can follow your favorite blogs, shall we?


Most blogs have an email subscription service. That said, I don’t yet. Oops. Here is an example of one from another blog:









Raising Arrows

If you don’t see a spot to fill in your email address, look for an email symbol like this one:









Meet Penny has both covered.

Once you’ve signed up, you will receive each new post in your email inbox. If you are not receiving new posts, check your spam folder.


This is not as reliable as it once was. With Facebook’s algorithm, you are more than likely not seeing everything the pages you have “liked” are posting. Make sure when you click on the like button, you hover over it and “Show in News Feed” is checked. It will help with this, I’m told. You can also choose to receive notifications from pages you like by checking that option. I am going to experiment with this for a while and then give you a post on how to utilize Facebook better.














Most, not all, bloggers also share their links on Twitter. You could try to follow there. Just know that you may not see all of the posts you are interested in. However, you will also be seeing any pins, updates, or other blog posts that the blogger finds interesting in your feed. If the blogger you are following doesn’t tweet their new posts, moot point. (Related note: I do.)















Browser Bookmarks

You could create a bookmarks folder and store the links to your favorite blogs there:






Then, simply navigate to that folder and click the “open all in tabs” link (or equivalent):







This way you don’t have to type in an URLs and can check each blog for a new post. This option would probably work best if you only follow 3-5 blogs. Any more than that and you will have too many tabs to be opened, only to find the ones that have updated since you last checked.

Honestly, the best and easiest way to follow multiple blogs is a reader. I promise you that it isn’t scary and can be fun. I will even show you how to really work Google Reader to your advantage in a few posts.

Personally, I use Google Reader, follow bloggers on Facebook and Twitter, and even have a couple sent to my email inbox (though this is probably going to change…way too much email coming in). So feel free to mix it up or try something new.

Do you follow blogs another way not listed here?

Using Google Reader – Blog Reading Made Easy Peasy

I use Google’s Reader to keep up with blogs that I’m most interested in seeing new posts. It is super easy to use. In the next post, I will cover other ways you can follow your favorite blog(s). I use a combination of them.

Here we go.

Go here – You will either create a Google account, if you don’t already have one, or sign in with your Google login.

After you login, you will see a welcome screen. Now you start adding blogs you want to keep up with.

Click on the orange subscribe button.

Once you click on it, a little box will pop open. Type the URL address of the blog you want to add (it starts with http://).

(By the way, I did see the typo below after I did the screenshot and clicked Add. Oops. Make sure you get the whole thing.)

Click Add.

Congratulations, you are now following a blog. Now each time the blogger adds a new post, it will be sent to your Google Reader.

The great thing about this is, you do not have to keep checking for new updates on each page. You can pull up your Reader box and check them all in one spot. Time saving win.

Next we will cover other ways to keep up with your favorite blogs. Until then, have fun adding to your reader!

Find the rest of the series linked in the Overview post.

Won’t you join me?

Reading Blogs 101 – Why in the World?


I read blogs. I like reading blogs. I kind of even like writing blogs. So it is kind of important to me that you like to read blogs to. And since I’m on this mission to rule help the world out…ha ha, I jest. I’m not out to rule the world, just the internet.


Some people don’t understand why people read blogs so I’m starting this series out with a list of reasons why people actually like to read blogs. I’m going to toss in a few reasons why people actually like to write blogs, for good measure. Basically, I’m justifying this series by proving to you that I’m not alone in reading blogs and thinking others might like some tips to make it a better experience for everyone. Or crazy.

  • to keep up with friends, family, or people going through similar life situations (food allergies, developmental delays, cancer, homeschooling, divorce, etc.)
  • because they like or know the blogger (hopefully both!)
  • humor
  • information on projects
  • inspiration for taking the road less traveled
  • encouragement for hard days
  • to learn something new
  • entertainment

Why do bloggers blog? I shared my reasons already, so I thought I’d ask a few of my blogging friends to share theirs, in a nutshell.

  • “I blog because I have a insecurities and fears about writing. I don’t want my kids to inherit my issues, so I’m trying to develop my writing skills. I also blog to keep myself accountable with our school lessons and other short term challenges I give myself.” – Becky Marie, For This Season
  • “I blog to save time and money. Does that sound silly? I was “publishing” a family newsletter several times a year and it got to be way more than I could handle and way too expensive to mail to over 100 people. The blog is so much more flexible. I can post anytime and the subscribers get it automatically. I have a few elderly ladies who don’t have internet, so I do print out posts and mail to them occasionally.” – Paulita Jo Fogleman, Fogleman Forerunner
  • “I started my deal blog to share good buys with my family because I was sick of sending and getting a bunch of texts….next thing I knew I had 10,000+ facebook fans and a “job”! I love that I get to work from home saving people money!” – Jessie Alonzo, Moolah Saving Mom

Tomorrow, I’m going to share my favorite blog reading tool with you.

Reading Blogs 101 – Overview

If you are like me, you come across great blogs often. You think the content of a blog is interesting, helpful and/or funny and you would be interested in what the blogger may be talking about in the future. There are a few ways you can keep up with a blog, share information with your friends and support a favorite blogger in the process.

Or maybe you don’t know why people bother reading blogs. A quick answer to that is that I read blogs for the same reasons I want to blog. I’ll share more later.

There are many resources out there for bloggers related to blogging (um…duh), but I haven’t really seen many resources for readers of blogs. I’ve been a reader of blogs for a few years now (I read more than I write…). I’ve learned a thing or two, so I thought I would share.

Here’s the great info coming your way:

Which topic are you most interested in?

Won’t you join me?

We Interrupt This Blogging Program…

…to provide a creative break for this blogger. I will see you Monday with the next post in the One Word series.

Here’s what I’ll be doing in my time away from the computer:

And so you don’t have to wait in suspense, my One Word for 2013 is Joy. You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to read about why I chose it, scriptures I’m focusing on, and such, but you can read my to do list for the year, my to read list for the year, or see my goals for the year. In other words, I’m confident that you will have enough reading material until I get back.

Also, Good Reads Saturday and Sunday Psalms will be postponed until next weekend.

May God bless your weekend!

Happy New Year! 2013 Will Rock!

Did you catch my enthusiasm in the post title? See, I’m excited. Like, get up at 6 a.m. for two days in a row excited!

Why? I’m so glad you asked!

I have plans, lots of plans. (You have to say that in the voice of Flo from Cars because that is how I typed it out.)

You may have noticed that I changed the tagline of the blog a bit ago. It is now “Where P31 & Titus 2 meet Colossians 3:23.” I have a lot of things planned around this. Here’s a sneak peak at a few things you can look forward to this year on this here blog:

  • 10 Days of One Word – This starts this week!
  • Real Food Wednesdays – I’m really excited about this one. It works well with Healthy Habits Tuesdays (coming up next!). Launches in February.
  • Blog reading series – This is fleshed out and the first two posts are mostly written. This is for readers of blogs.
  • Gardening series
  • Cloth diapering series – I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this lately so I’m going to write a few posts around it. If you have any questions you want answered, let me know and I’ll try to answer them.
  • Bible studies – The first one will be on the 10 Commandments because that is where I’m starting with my kids.
  • More topical scripture lists for memorizing, since the ones for overcoming procrastination went over so well.

What are you most excited for?

Popularity Contest 2012

best-of-2012My most popular posts from 2012. Since I’m a product of the 1990’s, you are getting this in the super, awesome format of a Top 10 Countdown!

10. Around Our Little Homestead – July 2012 – I miss doing this type of post. It’s on my list for things to share in 2013. That cat, Zane, is the friendliest cat we have ever had. He likes people. He is my son’s favorite cat. Also, those leek blossoms were spectacular.

9. My Theme for 2012 – I’m working on next year’s theme right now. I’m also working on a post series about choosing your own One Word. Be excited.

8. Transparency – AKA I’m Not Perfect Either – One of my first posts after a perspective change in my blogging.

7. May 28, 2012 Menu Plan {GAPS, grain-free, gluten-free} – You may see more of these this coming year, we are debating another go at GAPS.

6. Garden 2011 – An ambitious list of seedlings I started, complete with photos.

5. 10 Things I Want to Make from Pinterest – I did exactly none of these. Ahem. Oops.

4. 12 Fun Free Fonts – For the other font lovers out there.

3. Dear Guilty Mom – Give Yourself Permission – A letter to guilt-laden mamas everywhere.

2. 19 Ways to Change Up Your Housework Routine

And the number one post as chosen by you, my lovely readers…

1. 10 Scriptures to Memorize for Overcoming Procrastination – Thank you for validating my suspicion that I’m not alone in my procrastinating ways!

Which post was your personal favorite?

Wonder Why I Blog?


Yeah, I did, too. So I decided to pray about it. And now I give you, my blog’s mission statement:

  • To glorify Christ. To show what He has done in my life and what He is teaching me.
  • To share photos, experiences, my faith, goals and advice.
  • To connect with like-minded women.
  • To earn a small income.

The last few weeks, God has really been speaking to my heart about my priorities. You know, the little ones. The ones that (we think) don’t really matter. Yeah, about that. Apparently, little details matter to the Most High.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30

Yesterday, I heard the song “Be Thou My Vision” sung by Selah.

Be Thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Sounds like a plan. And a prayer. If He is my vision, I can rest assured that the details in my life will be covered more than sufficiently, they will be covered divinely. Awesome.

Now, you may wonder (well, I hope you don’t, but still) why we need another Christian “mommy blog” on the Internets. Simply, for this reason:

Just as each person has been created unique, so is each person’s journey through life.

I may share similar themes to other blogs, but this one is mine. How God deals with me is unique to my journey thus far and where He is leading me. I have witnessed time and time again how God has brought just the right encouragement into my life, at just the right time.

We may be on the same page or you may be chapters ahead of me. No matter. I want this blog to be an encouragement to other women. You may find that encouragement in that you are not alone in what you are dealing with or you may find encouragement that at least you aren’t that bad. 😉

Awhile ago, I eluded to the list of ideas I had for posts. To end some of the suspense, here are a few of the topics/titles I’m drafting up posts for:

  • Serving others in a way that can actually make a difference (need a better title for this one)
  • God’s faithfulness to handle the details
  • new photos (well, not much drafting to this, just resizing and such)
  • homeschooling (you don’t have to wait long on this one…two posts in one day!)
  • cloth diapers
  • Blog Reading
  • that whole New thing
  • updates on The List and my 2012 To Do List
  • FOOD
  • Pinterest

No matter what the topic, I’m keeping this in mind as I draft each post:

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17 {emphasis is mine}

I can promise you this, I take the responsibility of representing Christ seriously. I make mistakes, but I strive to never misrepresent my Lord.

Join me in my journey?