Using Blogs to Keep Up With Technology

Blogs offer you a great way to find out what’s happening in the world of technology. You can view a blog through your Internet browser, or subscribe to a RSS feed using a reader (a feed keeps you up to date on new additions to a blog). The advantage of RSS feeds is that you can subscribe to a blog and when a new entry is posted, it shows up on your computer in your reader program. It takes no effort on your part to seek it out. In addition to blogs, you can subscribe to news feeds from all the major newspapers and magazines and even select which topic areas (Politics, Style, Metro, etc.) you want to keep up with regularly.

There are two ways to access RSS feeds—online or on your desktop. Online readers, like GoogleReader, offer the flexibility of access from any computer while desktop readers, like FeedDemon (Windows®) NetNewsWire (Mac®), or a Firefox add-on allow for more complex organizing of RSS feeds.

NewsGator® syncs its online reader with its desktop reader giving you the best of both worlds. When using my Mac desktop I read feeds using NetNewsWire and when reading feeds on my Windows laptop I use NewsGator Online.

To subscribe to a feed you just click the “RSS Feed” link or look for the RSS feed icon rss icon and follow the steps on the window that opens up. On our blog you can find the link at the top of our sidebar on the right. Finding the correct link is often more challenging on a newspaper or magazine website so looking for the icon can save you time.

Here are some of my favorite technology blogs:

Lifehacker. A hodgepodge of tips, download links, and software reviews make your life easier on a daily basis. The bloggers at Lifehacker are prolific so just skim the post titles and read what you find interesting.

David Pogue, technology columnist for the New York Times has a blog called Pogue’s Posts where writes about software, tech tips, gadgets, and technologies that annoy him in addition to his regular column.

Mashable is a blog on social media/networking. It’s great for keeping up on news, ideas, strategies, and applications for services like twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Gadgetwise is a personal technology blog from the New York Times. It covers everything from social networking to gadgets such as the iPhone and Kindle.

You can check out Walt Mossberg’s posts on All Things Digital. As a long time technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, he reviews new technology, points out interesting pages on the Internet, and answers reader’s questions.

Keeping up with technology can be a daunting task for anyone. These are the blogs I read to survive in a digital world, but there are plenty of blogs on the Internet. What blogs do you read to keep up with technology?

This is an updated post from October 2008.