I pared down my Google reader list several weeks ago. I was trying to keep up with too many blogs, too many bloggers, and too many categories. Now I have 5 categories — culture, emerging church, marketing, simple life, and small church — 33 subscriptions in all, down from about 100.
But, even with my reduced list, I still don’t get to read everybody everyday. Sometimes I hit the ‘mark as read’ button and just start over the next day. (Sorry, but it’s true.) But, there are two blogs I always read — Seth Godin and anything Kevin Kelly writes. Seth always has a pithy, slightly off-beat post. Which you might expect from the guy who wrote “All Marketers Are Liars” and “Purple Cow” and so on. Kevin Kelly is one of the founders of Wired magazine, a Christian, and an amazing thinker.
Now I’ve added one new blog to my list, Reaching the Online Generation. The guys at CityTeam have some really good ideas about using the wired world to reach people for Christ. Now, in my setting I don’t get to use all their ideas, but I don’t get to use all of Seth Godin’s or Kevin Kelly’s either. I just find them interesting. Hope you do, too.
Someone cancelled their email subscription to Confessions the other day. I understand that because I get too many emails myself. Plus, email gets stuck in your inbox, you’ve got to read it or delete it, and mostly if you don’t read it right now, you’ll forget about it. I just cancelled my last two email subscriptions today myself. I’m all Google reader now.
If you haven’t used a reader, it’s really simple. Microsoft XP has one built right in to your browser and you can bookmark blogs just like you bookmark sites. But I like Google reader because I also use Google Desktop, including gmail, which I can access at home, at church, or from any computer with internet access. I’m all about not carrying my lappy with me more than I have to. If you don’t know how to do this, ask a friend. You’ll be glad you did.
You can also download my sermon podcasts through iTunes or from my sermon blog, Chuck Warnock: Sermons, etc, plus you can read the sermon manuscript there (usually) before the Sunday I’m going to preach it. The podcast is up on Monday (usually).
I’m working on (meaning I have someone else working on) putting all my blogs at one address, but we’re not quite there yet. I’ll let you know when that happens. Until then, do the feed reader thing. You’ll be glad you did.