Monday, January 16, 2012

Organizing all those herbal blogs


It is incredible how many fabulous herbal blogs there are out there! It wasn't that long ago when there were just a handful of blogs to read. 

Don't know what I am talking about? You'll have to check out my attempt at listing all the herbal blogs in one location. 

I have had a plethora of wonderful feedback about this project. From readers, eager to seek out new herbal information to bloggers, thrilled at the increase in their visiting stats. 

By far the most common comment is, "how do I read all these blogs?" 

Well, I can't tell you how to increase the hours in your day, but I can offer some advice on how to organize it all by using an RSS feeder. 

If you are already familiar with an RSS feeder then this will be nothing new to you. If you aren't aware of this free handy software, read on. 

There are many different free RSS reader softwares to choose from. I've only used Vienna, but I am guessing that most of these work the same. 

You can find a listing of free RSS reader software for macs here. 

In the unfortunate circumstance that you are using a windows based machine you can find a listing of RSS feeders here. 

Here's why I LOVE it. 

I copy and paste blogs I want to follow into my Vienna reader. When I open the software (or hit refresh) it automatically loads any new blog posts for all my blog subscriptions. This allows me to easily see who has recently written a new blog post. 

But here's the best part - the search feature! 

Let's say I want to learn more about stinging nettle. I can type this plant into the search function (perhaps using its binomial, Urtica dioica). Vienna searches all of my subscribed blogs and then compiles a list of articles that mention Stinging Nettle. 

Now I have a large list of contemporary herbal writers and their thoughts on Stinging Nettle. Find an article you love? Don't forget to visit the blog and let the writer know. We bloggers love comments.  

And yes, the fact this is really exciting to me does make me an herbal nerd. I am aware. 

So load up your RSS reader and enjoy all those blogs! 

Do you have a way to organize your herbal blog reading? Please share in the comments! 


Juliet Blankespoor said...

Thanks for the tips on organizing my blogs, I am putting your advice to use. I also appreciate all the work you put into organizing the list of herbal blogs!

Ann said...

Thanks so much for posting this - especially helpful to read about the search function!

Steve Flanagan said...

Love the tips. It's really great to be able learn from one another. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Followed a link from MRH, and landed here.

Google Reader is a great option. It's a service that you can access from any computer or smartphone, Macs, Windows , and even (gasp) Linux machines.

PS: Never thought I'd find a herbalist who's also an apple fanboy. Herbalists are soo awesome, and apple fanboys.. eh, not so much. Maybe you can tone down the Windows condescension? It will tip the balance in favor of herbalist awesomeness, for sure.