A lot of professionals have a hard enough time staying on top of
industry happenings, reading the newspaper, and keeping an eye on
the latest business and economic news; much less have the time and
eyeball energy left to check out these "blogs" everyone is talking
about. But there are ways you can efficiently read all of this and
I use Google
Reader, which reads RSS feeds. An RSS feed
is like a subscription to the content of a website - there are RSS
feeds to trade publications, newspapers, magazines, and blogs (like
this one). When you sign up for Google Reader, you can choose which
sites to 'subscribe' to (for free of course - this is the
internet), and the Reader will show you the content piece by piece,
all in one website. No more remembering and typing URLs, clicking
around the newspaper website to find what you want, or forgetting
to check on a business or story you've been following. Just take a
break here and there to read your RSS items.
Once you get started, whenever you find a website or blog you want
to make sure to read, just click on the RSS symbol or the word
"RSS" on that site, and your browser will know to add that site's
feed to your Google Reader.
explains it all really well.
But what blogs should you be reading? Well, in addition to In The
Dentist's Chair, there are a whole lot of great things to subscribe
to. Here are some feeds you might want to get:
- You'll see the link to In The Dentist's Chair's RSS feed on the
right side of the page. Other dental resources on the web include
DentalBlogs.com; Going Dental; and Flap's Dentistry Blog.
- All area newspapers have RSS feeds not only to news articles,
but you can also choose to just subscribe to your favorite subject
or columnist (or sports team). Here are pages of RSS feeds for
Chicago Tribune; Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business.
- The blog at Entrepreneur.com has a lot of news for people who
run their own practice to keep an eye on.
- Lifehacker is a blog of tips and tools to help you work more
efficiently - for example, this post about saving desk space.
- Cute Overload is a blog with a very accurate title. An
occasional baby bunny picture sure does smooth out the day:
See? So go out there and read some feeds! Let us know about your
experience in the comments...