For your Reading Pleasure
Feb 10, 2011 Rick Bennett

For your Reading Pleasure

After we updated our website and blog, I wrote a post offering some tips on subscribing to and navigating the blog. If you're new to the whole blogosphere and find some of the terms are confusing, I recommend checking it out. Since then we've continued to experience a growing number of subscribers, to whom we're thankful for continuing to read and interact with David's hidden gems of Accordance as well as our various updates and promotions.

In this post I'd like to follow-up with some more tips on subscribing to the blog, and reading it on your iOS devices.

Based on our blog stats, most readers subscribe to the blog with Google Reader (or one of its related services). And for many of you that subscribe in this fashion, I'm sure you've noticed that our posts are truncated. This has been the number one reason why I subscribed to all feeds with Mail (because it mysteriously does not truncate the feed). But, I've recently found an awesome little app that has cured my Google Reader woes—Reeder for iPhone, iPad and soon for Mac (now in public beta). Reeder takes your Google Reader subscriptions and turns them into a whole new reading experience. You can even use it to subscribe to our User Forums.

The key feature of Reeder with regards to our blog (and others whose content is truncated), is 'readability.' With this feature you can instantly load the content of the entire post into the same window without launching a web browser.

The only drawback to Reeder is that you cannot (currently) manage your subscriptions. For that you'll still have to launch your browser and log in to your Google Reader account.

Here are a couple Reeder screenshots, and below is a short screen cast with some advanced tips on subscribing to new content that I hope will make reading our blog a more pleasurable experience.

Reeder for Mac Reeder for iPhone with readability feature Reeder for iPad

 

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wezlo

February 10, 2011 10:19 AM

Or you can just follow @accordancebible on twitter.  My google reader has kinda become stagnant because of the number "unread" articles on there. In twitter, if I see an article I think might be interesting, I read it - if not, I don't.


Rick Bennett

February 10, 2011 10:26 AM

That certainly works, too. We have both our news and blog feed auto-tweeted so you're sure to be up-to-date on things.

I'm actually reading more blogs now with Reeder, and there's also an easy 'mark all as read' feature that keeps things under control for those blogs that post several articles per day.


Dustin B.

February 10, 2011 12:25 PM

I use Reeder for Mac (beta) and find that it does not give me the entire Accordance post. Any way to fix this?


Rick Bennett

February 10, 2011 12:31 PM

@Dustin: It does not show the entire post by default, you have to click the 'readability' button on the bottom of the window. If you've tried this and it still does not load the entire post, try unsubscribing and subscribing again through Google Reader, and verify that you have the correct feed address (the main one linked to in the RSS logo to the right of the blog post title). You can copy/paste it in Google Reader, or simply click on it and FeedBurner should redirect you (see the screen cast for more detailed instructions).

HTH…


Jim Hamilton

February 10, 2011 3:16 PM

I don't want to use reader b/c you can't email posts from it.

Will you be fixing your posts so they don't come through truncated?

Otherwise, if you don't hook me in the first sentence, I'm not clicking through to the site - and I bet I'm not alone.

Blessings,

Jim


Rick Bennett

February 10, 2011 3:52 PM

@Jim: I also don't like it that Google Reader truncates the posts; that's why I wrote this blog post and recommended Reeder app as a workaround. But more than that Reeder app provides a much more elegant interface and reading experience than what Google Reader offers (and yes, Reeder does allow you to email posts to others, post to Twitter or save later to read in apps like Instapaper).

You can also subscribe to the feed using Apple Mail which does not truncate the posts and you can forward them to friends just like an email. But, it doesn't sync across multiple devices.


Darin Allen

February 11, 2011 12:40 AM

I completely agree.  Reeder is my most used app on both the iPad and iPhone.




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