Google Reader: Thumbs Up!

For quite some while now, I’ve been using LiveJournal as my RSS reader. Then, suddenly, their feeds stopped updating, and there was a huge hole in my morning reading routine. So I decided to try out Google Reader for all of my feed-read needs. So far, it’s nice. I do wish I could customize the color scheme the way I can with Gmail, but it’s not an option (yet).

You may wonder, do I really read that many blogs? Can’t I just go to the blogs themselves, instead of consolidating them into one feed? I didn’t think it was that may, until I started plugging them in. Turns out, I follow 27 RSS feeds so far. What kind of stuff do I follow? Well, here are some highlights:

Basic Instructions: Scott’s Web comic. I’m sure this doesn’t surprise you.
Cake Wrecks: a local (to me) blogger who posts pictures of terrible, horrible, professionally-made cakes. A great photoblog.
Cute Overload: adorable animals doing adorable things. Mew!
Dr. Michael Eades: one of the authors of “Protein Power” posts a ton of great stuff about medical studies, low-carb diets, and other meaty issues.
I Can Has Cheezburger: my favorite LOLcat site. Ride over there on your invisible bike.
Not Martha: a Seattle crafty blogger. Married to a creative guy named Scott. Bizarro me.
Passive-Aggressive Notes: a photoblog of some, well, passive-aggressive notes people leave for each other. Delicious.
People of Walmart: the newest photoblog on my list, it’s covert pictures taken of weird-looking people in Wal-Mart stores.
Photoshop Disasters: poorly done Photoshopping (Why does that model have three hands?) compiled for your amusement.
The Comics Curmudgeon: snarky commentary on the daily newspaper comics.

I also read the blogs of several celebrities and pseudo-celebrities: Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton, Scott Adams, and Ken Jennings, to name a few. Plus a few Web comics: wondermark, xkcd, Penny Arcade, Cyanide & Happiness.

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