Blogs have grown in popularity along with the Internet and Internet services. Blogs are a way for anyone to express themselves on any topic and share it with the world-anonymously, professionally, etc. Unless you are familiar with great blog sites and communities, it might be difficult to find a blog that interests you.
Thankfully, Google has made this easy with Google Blogs. Basically, it’s all the greatness of Google-devoted to blogs! Here’s how to get started!
First, from the Google home page, click the “more” link on the top of the page, then click “Blogs”. You will be redirected to Google Blogs, where you can search for blogs or blog topics.
Of course, to start a blog search, you can simply type the keywords of your choice into the main search bar and click “Search Blogs”. You can also browse the Top Stories section for popular blog entries (directly below the search bar). There are several other features that may interest you.
The left side bar contains popular categories to choose from. Click any of these categories, like Politics, or Movies, or Sports to see listings of Top Stories in that category. On the right is a list of “Hot queries” to see what everyone else is looking for or talking about, and “Recent Posts” to see what’s just been published.
When you perform a search on Google Blogs, you will be redirected to a list of related blogs that typically post on that topic. Under that is a listing of actual blog entries that mention your particular topic. If you want a blog you can subscribe to and read often, you probably want to check out the related blogs. If you want to just read current blog posts on a topic this once, you should probably look in the list below the related blogs.
If you want to find something more specific, you might want to click the “Advanced Blog Search” link to the right of the search bar. This will allow you to specify what blog title or author you are looking for. You can also specify the date of the post to only show entries within a certain range or since a certain day.
If you find a blog that you would like to subscribe to, you can often set up a subscription or email alerts with that individual blog site. Or, you can set up an RSS feed. This is a feature on your browser that allows you to see in plain text view the websites of your choice. They show only the recent changes or addition to the site. This is great for blogs, because typically the only changes are a new blog post. RSS feeds are stored to your browser and you can check your favorite blogs easily from here. It doesn’t load the bandwidth-consuming backgrounds, colors, pictures, and music, which makes RSS feeds great for those who have dial-up and other types of slow Internet connections.