Spring Cleaning Your Google Reader

This post is the last in the Spring Cleaning Week series, and was supposed to post yesterday.  Unfortunately, I scheduled it incorrectly.  So, today I am sharing the last part of the series with you!

Spring Cleaning Your Google ReaderIn the past, I’ve talked about how I use Google Reader to keep up with the blogs I read.  There is no way I could ever keep up with all of the, around 80, if I didn’t have Google Reader to put them all together in one spot.  Like anything else, however, Google Reader can get cluttered up and needs a good Spring Cleaning.  A few weeks back, I learned of a really easy and effective way to clean my Google Reader, and I wanted to share it with you today.

If you look at the left sidebar on your Google Reader homepage, you’ll see the tag “Trends.”  I had never clicked on this tag before, and I had no idea what a powerful tool I was missing.  When you click on the “Trends” tag, a screen comes up that details all of the trends that Google Reader has noticed in what you are reading or clicking.  this is really interesting to see what blogs you are really reading, and what ones have items you are clicking on.  You can click up to the Top 40 blogs you are reading, and easily see what ones you aren’t reading at all.

Also included on the Trends screen, are you Subscription Trends.  This tells you which blogs are frequently updated, which blogs are recently inactive, and which blogs have the least followers.  When I am Spring Cleaning my Google Reader, I usually check through the blogs that are recently inactive and see if there is any that I need to unsubscribe from.  If I find one that I do want to unsubscribe from, all I have to do is click on the small trash can on the right of the blog name, and it will unsubscribe from that blog.  It’s easy.  I don’t often unsubscribe from a blog, but if it’s been a long time since they last posted, I usually unsubscribe – it’s part of that if you don’t need it, let it go mentality.

Do you use Google Reader?  Is Spring Cleaning your Google Reader something you think you’ll need to do?

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7 Responses to Spring Cleaning Your Google Reader

  1. Stefanie says:

    thanks, that was very helpful.
    I didn’t even know that was available.
    I love my google reader but it can become such a time waster.

  2. Kim says:

    Great tips! I wasn’t aware of those features, either.

  3. Jacque says:

    Great tips! I have been avoiding my Google reader lately because there are soooo many ‘follows’ in there. This will be a great weekend to pare down to what I really want to read!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. This was a great tip. Never knew about this and i use reader every day 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Bianca says:

    Thanks, I didn’t know about that feature too! I cleaned out some of the subscriptions that were inactive.

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  7. Vera says:

    Interesting! I love Google Reader, but wonder whether the trends also pick up on my habits even if I read the blogs via the Next button on Chrome, and not really within Reader itself. I’ll have to check it out myself. Thanks for the info!

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