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I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Monday, February 27, 2012

How did that happen?

With Google Friend connect making an exit, I decided I needed to "back up" my subscriptions to make sure that I keep getting to see posts from all the blogs I follow. I discovered I have 252 blogs on my list. Yikes! How did that happen?
 I guess there are tons of talented and fun people out in blog land that I love to read. :)

Every so often I pare down the list. It is a hard thing to do. I don't want to offend anyone by dropping off their readers list, but I have to be realistic in what I can handle time wise. If a blogger has a thousand readers, they probably won't miss me, so I will bookmark them to check in on every so often. But most of the blogs I read are smaller, like 300 readers or (way) less. And most of them I love to read, so it's not so easy to cut anyone.
What to do, what to do...

Anyway, I backed up my list by going to my dashboard and copying and pasting the list into a notebook document, then into a word document. (Word had a memory hissy fit, probably about all the behind the scenes coding, so I did notebook first.) I made a table and cut out the junk and now I have a list of all the URLS of my favorite blogs.

 As I went, I highlighted non blogger blogs, and also ones that I need to check on or delete from my list on Reader.

Later today I am going to go through Google Reader and add subscriptions to the non blogger blogs that I follow with Friend Connect. Hopefully that will solve the issue.


  1. Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

  2. It gets like that doesn't it and it's really hard to keep up with the reading list sometimes... I narrowed mine down (and as you say, feel a little guilty about unfollowing people, but interests change and therefore your reading list also changes). I have my reading list feeding into a separate rss reader as I find that easier than the dashboard reader but your idea is very smart. I follow so few blogs (really just the ones on my blogroll in the sidebar) that I know them all and can google them if I ever lost them somehow -, I have to be realistic about how much time I have and I like to spend the time I reading my handful of inspirational friends :-)

  3. Wow this is so clever..need to do this myself. Thanks for showing us how you stay organized. :)