My 80 iGoogle Japan Feeds

My iGoogle page of Japan feedsSince I started JapanSoc, I’ve been adding Japan-related blogs to my iGoogle page, and you can see in the screenshot that there are a whopping 80 of these blogs that I’m currently subscribed to.

Subscribing… Blogs… Feeds… What does it all mean?

Some of you are probably already confused. What is iGoogle? How do you subscribe to a blog? What does “subscribing” to a blog actually mean? Basically, when you subscribe to a blog, any new articles the author writes automatically come to you. You don’t have to visit the actual site to see if there’s anything new to read. iGoogle, and also Google Reader are free and easy-to-use services that let you see all the incoming news that you’ve subscribed to.

If this is all new to you, please watch the video RSS in Plain English over on YouTube. It’s less than four minutes long, but could save you hours of time if you still visit websites the old fashioned way.

Choose the news!

RSS feeds have revolutionized how I use the internet and get the news. First, I can choose topics that really interest me, and then I can check the content of each article without having to visit the actual site. In addition to this huge collection of Japan blogs, I have an equally long list of technology and internet marketing blogs that I also subscribe to.

This is important because it means the news I get is the news I want, not like on TV where you have to sit through stories of corruption and murder, or newspapers that only tell you what the editor thinks you want to know. 

Subscribe to multimedia!

You don’t have to limit yourself to the written word. Various websites offer video, music, photos, or radio, and while some of these work differently to RSS feeds, that doesn’t mean you can’t subscribe to multimedia you enjoy. Yes, I’m telling you to turn that TV off, and start watching something you want to watch, not something the TV networks assume you like.

How to find the things you like

The easiest way to find online material that matches your interests is to follow recommendations from the websites you currently visit. For example, on this site, I have a list of other Japan blogs in the sidebar.

Another option is to use Google News, Blog Search, or Video and look for the RSS icon or link. Then add the feed to your feed reader.

If this is something you feel like trying, I’m happy to offer more advice in the comments if you have any questions. In the meantime, let me welcome you to the information age!

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3 thoughts on “My 80 iGoogle Japan Feeds

  1. That’s a lot of subscriptions!

    I don’t share your sentiments about subscriptions. Personally I prefer just to open all of the blogs I read in a new tab in fire fox and then read / close them one by one. That way I can easily access their comments and interact with the blogger easier.

    Plus if I go to their page, my icon shows up on their MyBlogLog and I can leave an Entreecard. And it makes it easy to stumble as I go….

    1. Actually, I’m not too different from you. I usually right click the feeds that interest me and open them in a new tab, just as you do. Good point about MyBlogLog, too.

  2. I too do the same, but using a different reader. Will try Google Reader also. This is the best way to keep in touch with number of blogs.

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