Google Reader Organization

Hey guys! This post is a little different today.  Yesterday a discussion came up on the BLM (Bloggers Like Me) Group on Facebook about blog reading and organization.  More specifically Miss Rockwell of Lifestyles of the Thrift and Shameless asked: 
How in THEE WORLD do you all keep up with all of the great
blogs listed here in addition to the blogs that you were reading on a
daily basis (before this group launched). Do you all have a specific
strategy scheduling a block of time to read, reading regular blogs on
Mondays, BLM blogs on Tuesdays? I’m seriously struggling here.
Responses PLEASE!!!
My response was that I only read blogs through my Google Reader and I took the time to organize them into specific folders for easy reading.  This has helped me so much, before  everything was all over the place and jumbled together.  I prefer Google Reader because it allows you to  subscribe to a blog via Google Friend Connect or RSS feed.  If the blog doesn’t have an RSS Feed option listed you can still subscribe via the bookmark tab in Fire Fox, for those that use Fire Fox.  So let’s get to it!
This first picture is a snapshot of how my Google Reader looks when I log in.  As you can see on the left hand side all my subscriptions are organized in folders.

To begin making folders for your subscriptions click the small arrow to the right of the word “Subscriptions“,  a menu should drop down.  Select “manage subscriptions” which is located at the very bottom of the menu.

Selecting “mange subscriptions” will take you to the settings page that lists all of your current subscriptions in alphabetical order.  As you can see I currently subscribe to over 500 blogs, yikes! From this page you have the option to rename a subscription, as well as delete the subscription from your Google Reader.

You can start creating folders for your subscriptions by selecting the “Add to folder/change folder option” located to the right of each subscription.  If you do not have folders already included on your Google Reader the option will read “Add to Folder” and the only selection that will appear is on the drop down menu is “New Folder” .

A small box will appear allowing you to input the name of your new folder.  You can go through each subscription and place them in folders according to your liking.  It took me a couple of hours to go through each of my subscriptions.  The hard part was actually remembering what each subscription was and putting them in the right folder.
Once you have everything organized you can view your folders by clicking the “Folders and Tags” tab, you can also rename them from this page.
Now this is the fun part, actually reading your subscriptions.  Once you have all your folders situated go back to your Google Reader.  You can take things one step further and set the viewing options for each of your folders.  Start by clicking on a folder from your subscriptions listed to the left in your Google Reader, in the picture below I have selected the folder Fashion Bloggers.  Click on  “folder settings” which allows you to view the newest items first or vice verse. As you can see from below I prefer to read my subscriptions in an expanded view. 

However you also have the option to view the folder contents in list view, which makes it much easier to scroll through and look for a particular blog. You can change the view by clicking the list button on the right side of your viewing pane.

Whew! I am so not a technical person but I figure this would be helpful to a lot of people that use Google Reader.  If I missed anything or something isn’t clear leave me a comment below so I can answer it. I really hope this was helpful, it was fun to do something non fashion related.