More About Reading Blogs…


This is sort of a follow-up to yesterday’s post, but I wanted to quickly mention some things that I do to call attention to my favorite blogs and blog posts.

I use Google Reader to subscribe to and read all the blogs I’m interested in, which totals 166 different blogs and feeds at this moment.  Some of those have blogfaded and others I just need to drop, but still, I skim through a lot of posts every week. 

Oh, by the way, for those of us using blog readers, make sure that your RSS feed includes full text articles rather than just previews, because it’s really annoying to have to click over to the full blog, and sometimes it’s even impossible if firewalls/web filters block your site.

But anyway, over to the left on my sidebar, you can see the most recent blog posts that I’ve shared through Google Reader.  Below that, you’ll find some of my absolute favorite blogs, with which I’ve developed some of the “relationships” I mentioned yesterday.  So, if you haven’t done so before, give them some love and keep a check down there to see what I’ve found interesting most recently.

And jus to start some conversation, how many blogs do you read?  Do you go to them directly, or use a reader as well?

15 Comments


  1. I’m with you on using Google Reader. And if someone doesn’t allow full text, then I immediately unfollow them. The only real time I go directly to the site is when I leave comments…. like this one….


  2. Google Reader for me too, but I only have about 60 items subscribed. And indeed one thing that I find very annoying is non full text feeds, but I probably wouldn’t unfollow because of it, as long as the blog is interesting enough. Even with about 60 subscriptions, I sometimes double-subscribe accidentally. It’s amazing how you have 166 subscriptions!


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  4. I’m on the Google Reader train too. I’m at about 35 subscriptions but seeing Hiew’s comment reminded me that I need to add him and a couple of others. Ok, so how do you get full text? I don’t currently. Inform please.

  5. Chris Norwood

    Yes you do.  When I read your blog on Google reader, I get the whole article, not just a limited snippet.

  6. Marco Wong

    I’m very old fashioned that I don’t know how to use google reader:)That’s why I’d regularly (if not daily) visit those sites and see if they have an update or not.
    Your site is on my list, for sure!
    BTW, I think finding useful information on BGG is somewhat similar to medical information using google: lots of rubbish or even wrong answers, but with some baseline knowledge you could eventually get the answer.

  7. Chris Norwood

    Most of the blogs are gaming-related, but I’ve got a few others thrown in there as well.  And a good portion of the gaming links are RPG blogs, too.  I actually just added 3 new ones today, so I’m up to169.  The new ones are:

    analogue diversions
    http://analoguediversions.com/feed/
     
    Get Off My Lawn | BoardGameGeek (Scott Nicholson’s new blog about being a cranky, old-man gamer)
    http://72.233.16.130/rss/blog/292

    iOS Board Games | BoardGameGeek
    http://72.233.16.130/rss/blog/164

    And the rest of the entire list is:

    “Roll dice and kick ass!”
    http://jmcl63.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    &games
    http://andgames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    2D6
    http://www.2d6.org/feed/

    2P Co-op
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/2pcoop

    A Dark And Quiet Room
    http://greatwolf.blogpeoria.com/feed/

    About.com Board / Card Games
    http://z.about.com/6/g/boardgames/b/rss2.xml

    aka pastor guy
    http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    anyway.
    http://www.lumpley.com/anyway_rss.php

    Beware the Gazebo
    http://www.dreadedgazebo.com/feeds/posts/default

    Beyond Candy Land
    http://beyondcandyland.wordpress.com/feed/

    Beyond Monopoly! York UK
    http://bmyork.pbworks.com/rss.xml

    Beyond Swelter’s Kitchen
    http://beyondswelterskitchen.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    blue collar space
    http://www.vsca.ca/halfjack/?feed=rss2

    Board Game Dialog
    http://boardgamedialog.wordpress.com/feed/

    Board Game Dialog
    http://boardgamedialog.com/feed/

    Board Game Madness
    http://boardgamemadness.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Board Game Master
    http://boardgamemaster.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Board Game Reviews by Josh
    http://jedwards14thegamer.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Board Games with Scott
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/boardgameswithscott

    Boardgame Babylon
    http://boardgamebabylon.libsyn.com/rss

    Boardgame News
    http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/rss_2.0/

    boardgame-reviews.com
    http://boardgame-reviews.com/feed

    BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
    http://geekdo.com/rss/blog/1

    Boardgames To Go
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/BoardgamesToGo

    Boards and Bees
    http://boardsandbees.wordpress.com/feed/

    Brain’s Board Game Blog
    http://brainsboardgame.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Breaking the Magic
    http://www.breakingthemagic.com/feed/

    BrettSpiel | Board Game Design
    http://feeds2.feedburner.com/brettspielcouk

    Bruno Faidutti News
    http://www.faidutti.com/rss.php?lang=eng&limit=30

    Chapel’s Brain
    http://chapelsbrain.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Chris Brooks
    http://www.chrisbrooks.org/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss

    Critical Gamers
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/CriticalGamerscom

    CUBE PUSHER
    http://www.cubepusher.com/?feed=rss2

    Daily Writing Tips
    http://feeds2.feedburner.com/DailyWritingTips

    Dave Ex Machina – A Thousand Points of Articulation
    http://www.daveexmachina.com/wordpress/?feed=rss2

    Death of Monopoly
    http://deathofmonopoly.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Deeper in the Game
    http://bankuei.wordpress.com/feed/

    defective yeti
    http://defectiveyeti.com/?feed=rss2

    Diabetes Update
    http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Dice Hate Me
    http://dicehateme.com/feed/

    Drake’s Flames
    http://drakesflames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Driving Blind
    http://drivingblind.livejournal.com/data/rss

    Everyone Listens to Reason
    http://www.everyonelistens.com/feeds/posts/default

    Everything I Played
    http://everythingiplayed.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Fair Play – Bully Pulpit
    http://www.bullypulpitgames.com/fairplay/feed/

    Felbrigg’s Gaming Blog
    http://felbrigg.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Fortress Ameritrash
    http://fortressat.com/index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1

    Fuck Yeah, Gamemasters
    http://fuckyeahgamemasters.tumblr.com/rss

    Game Design is about Structure
    http://isabout.wordpress.com/feed/

    Game Mechanic For Hire
    http://gamemechanic.wordpress.com/feed/

    Gameblog
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/mikkosgameblog

    gameplaywright
    http://gameplaywright.net/?feed=rss2

    Gamer: The Blogging
    http://ronblessing.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    GamerChris
    http://gamerchris.com/atom.aspx

    Gamer’s Mind
    http://ekted.blogspot.com/atom.xml

    Gamer’s Notebook
    http://www.funagain.com/control/viewblog.xml?contentBlogId=1

    Games by Johnny!
    http://gamesbyjohnny.wordpress.com/feed/

    Games Overboard
    http://feedproxy.google.com/GamesOverboard

    Games with Garfield
    http://www.threedonkeys.com/blog/?feed=rss2

    GameSalute.com
    http://www.gamesalute.com/?feed=rss2

    Gameslinger Enterprises
    http://gameslinger-enterprises.com/feed/

    Gaming Brouhaha
    http://rpg.brouhaha.us/?feed=rss2

    Gaming Ground
    http://gamingground.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Geek Insight
    http://geekinsight.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Giant Fire Breathing Robot
    http://gfbrobot.com/?feed=rss2

    Go Forth And Game
    http://tomgurg.wordpress.com/feed/

    Googols of Games
    http://googolsofgames.com/feed

    Held Action
    http://heldaction.wordpress.com/feed/

    Heng’s Gaming Blog
    http://aikyong.com/feed/

    Hiew’s Boardgame Blog
    http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Highmoon’s Ponderings
    http://www.dmperez.com/feed/

    http://funboardgames.org/ Google feed
    http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/webfeed/14430895837445220693

    http://spotlightongames.com/ Google feed
    http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/webfeed/1157621812521250782

    http://www.serioustimes.com/blog.asp Google feed
    http://www.google.com/reader/public/atom/webfeed/11362628492606850318

    I Should Be Writing
    http://isbw.murlafferty.com/feed/

    I Slay The Dragon
    http://islaythedragon.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    I’d Rather Be Gaming…
    http://ozvortex.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Illuminating Games
    http://illuminatinggames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    inconsequential ruminations
    http://cheyne.net/blog/feed/atom/

    Isamoor’s Corner
    http://isamoor.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Jerusalem Strategy Gaming Club
    http://jsgc.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Jess Hartley – Wordsmith
    http://www.jesshartley.com/index.php?format=feed&type=rss

    JimmyJango
    http://www.jimmyjango.com/feeds/posts/default

    Kenneth Hite
    http://princeofcairo.livejournal.com/data/rss

    Kulturblog
    http://www.kulturblog.com/feed/

    Ludology
    http://ludology.libsyn.com/rss

    ludossier
    http://michel.wermelinger.ws/ludossier/feed/

    Marquand.net
    http://www.marquand.net/index.xml

    Meeple Mania – The Board Game Society
    http://www.meeplemania.com/blogs/news.atom

    MeepleTown
    http://meepletown.com/?feed=rss2

    Meet The Meeples
    http://meetthemeeples.wordpress.com/feed/

    MetaGames
    http://blog.metagames.co.uk/feed/

    Metroburb Gamers
    http://metroburbgamers.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Mike Doyle’s Art Play
    http://mdoyle.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Mikko’s photoblog | BoardGameGeek
    http://boardgamegeek.com/rss/blog/174

    My Play
    http://linnaeus.wordpress.com/feed/

    Nerdaphernalia
    http://nerdaphernalia.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Nerdbloggers
    http://www.nerdbloggers.com/nerdbloggers/atom.xml

    NYC Gamer
    http://games.fooville.net/nycgamer-rss.xml

    OgreCave
    http://ogrecave.com/feed/

    Out of the Box with Ken Hite
    http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/outofthebox/feed/

    Pair O’ Dice Games
    http://games-blog.pairodicegames.com/feed

    Paul Tevis
    http://paultevis.com/blog/atom.xml

    Pawnderings
    http://pawnderings.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Pawnstar
    http://fellonmyhead.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Penny Arcade
    http://feeds.penny-arcade.com/pa-mainsite/

    Peril Planet
    http://perilplanet.com/feed/

    Perry’s Points
    http://perryhardison.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    play board games
    http://www.play-board-games.com/feed/

    Play Passionately
    http://playpassionately.wordpress.com/feed/

    Play This Thing
    http://playthisthing.com/frontpage/feed

    Play2Relax
    http://play2relax.secretundergroundlair.com/feed/

    playing and designing board games
    http://boardgameforge.wordpress.com/feed/

    Playing With Myself
    http://sologamer.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Purple Pawn
    http://www.purplepawn.com/feed/

    QuirkyFusion
    http://feeds2.feedburner.com/quirkyfusion

    Recent additions | BoardGameGeek
    http://rpggeek.com/recentadditions/rss?subdomain=&infilters%5B0%5D=review&domain=rpg

    Recent additions | BoardGameGeek Forums
    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/feed_review.xml

    Reviews in a Box
    http://reviewsinabox.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    RyanMacklin.com
    http://www.ryanmacklin.com/?feed=rss2

    San Antonio Board Gamers
    http://saboardgamers.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Scrolls of the PlatinumWarlock
    http://platinumwarlock.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Seize Your Turn™
    http://www.seizeyourturn.com/feed/

    Simply Max
     http://simplymaxblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Simón Dice
     http://simondice.net/feed/

    Some Space to Think
     http://rdonoghue.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Splitting Eights in Canton, NY
     http://feeds.feedburner.com/splittingeights

    Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff
     http://stuffchristianslike.net/feed/

    sunblush
     http://sunblu.sh/feed/

    Talking Game
     http://gamethyme.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Tasty Minstrel Games
     http://tastyminstrelgames.com/feed

    The Game Closet
     http://fattom23.livejournal.com/data/rss

    The Blog of Michael Mindes
     http://feeds2.feedburner.com/michaelmindes

    The Board Game Blog
     http://www.theboardgameblog.com/?feed=rss2

    The Board Game Family
     http://www.theboardgamefamily.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Board Game Nut
     http://theboardgamenut.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Bureau Chiefs » Analog Gaming
     http://thebureauchiefs.com/tag/analog-gaming/feed/

    The Dominion Game Blog
     http://dominiongame.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Game Ranch
     http://www.rozmiarek.info/games/index.rdf

    The Game Whisperer
     http://richardbliss.typepad.com/game_whisperer/atom.xml

    The Games of Rob Bartel
     http://robbartel.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Game’s the Thing
     http://www.thegamesthething.com/rss

    The Gist is a Blog
     http://wordstudio.net/thegist/?feed=rss2

    The Harping Monkey
     http://www.harpingmonkey.com/feed/

    The Hopeless Gamer
     http://thehopelessgamer.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Lead Cotillion
     http://flintlocklaser.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Little Metal Dog Show
     http://littlemetaldog.wordpress.com/feed/

    The Magic Circle Blog
     http://magiccircleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Mine Shaft Gap
     http://www.themineshaftgap.com/blog/?feed=rss2

    The (New) Tao of Gaming
     http://taogaming.wordpress.com/feed/

    The Noble Gamer
     http://thenoblegamer.com/?feed=rss2

    The Opinionated Gamers
     http://opinionatedgamers.com/feed/

    The Superfly Circus
     http://superflycircus.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    The Tao of Gaming
     http://gaming.powerblogs.com/rss.xml

    Theory From the Closet
     http://theoryfromthecloset.com/feed/

    Thoughts From The Gameroom
     http://sodaklady.wordpress.com/feed/

    Toms Board Games Blog
     http://tomsgameshelf.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Total Fan Girl
     http://www.totalfangirl.com/feeds/posts/default

    Troll in the Corner
     http://feeds.feedburner.com/troll-in-the-corner

    Type 2 Diabetes – A Personal Journey
     http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    UncleBear
     http://unclebear.com/?feed=rss2

    Up the vacuum thingy
     http://upthevacuumthingy.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Walsfeo
     http://walsfeo.livejournal.com/data/rss

    Wikispaces : The Jacob Cluster : Campaign Log – edits
     http://jacobcluster.wikispaces.com/page/xml/Campaign+Log?v=rss_2_0

    Year of Living Free
     http://yearoflivingfree.wordpress.com/feed/

    Yehuda
     http://jergames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

  8. Chris Norwood

    That’s a great analogy!  And I’m glad that I make the list!


  9. I am a sworn user of Google Reader. It makes keeping up with blogs ao effortless. And I have to confess I have no idea how many I’m subscribed to — probably not nearly 100, though, let alone 166.


  10. I was a Bloglines user for a long time, but switched to Google Reader a year ago. I zip through most blog posts pretty quickly, but yours is one that often deserves a closer inspection. 🙂


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  13. I really like these two posts. It’s good to hear how other people view following blogs and what they think of them in relation to the stuff on BGG.

    As a fairly new boardgamer I started out reading reviews on BGG, mostly of the classic games whose names I would hear crop up over and over again. Eventually after getting through that list – and getting to play quite a few of them – there was a period of “how do I find out about other great games?” That’s where following individual bloggers comes in. With BGG you have to already know what game you want to read reviews of, or rely on the highly eclectic and shiny/new centric Hotness list, whereas if I’m following a few blogs I’ll get to hear about many games that were nowhere on my radar. Plus hearing about the same game several times from several different perspectives, both in reviews and session reports, really piques your interest.

    I use Google Reader but I try to keep the number of feeds I follow culled to about 20 so that I can actually read all of them. Too many and I may come back after not checking it for a few days and discover I’m 50+ posts behind!


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