Saturday, August 04, 2007

Keeping Up With Chantix Bloggers

Yep, still Chantix Day 59 and Smoke-free Day 47, and I clearly have a lot to say today ;)

Keeping up with bunches of Chantix bloggers (and in between other blogs about money, handy tips, and miscellaneous stuff, too) when you don't want to miss anything along the way because reading their blogs just continues to inspire your own journey, would be almost impossible for me at this point if not for using a feed reader.

Just the basics are below. Some of you could talk circles around me about all of the advanced options and how they all work, so this next part might not be so interesting or informative if you are one of those since I truly am no expert (though perhaps it will be humorous to you if I bumble - and please do correct me if I do), but for those of you who aren't familiar with using a feed reader and are getting a little overwhelmed trying to keep up with multiple blogs on that huge list of Chantix bloggers over to the side, this might help you, too.

Feed Readers (aka RSS Readers, Aggregators)
There are quite a few different options (I like Google Reader, but there are plenty of others like Bloglines or just as part of your My Yahoo! page if you have one and so on). If you use Blogger, as many of you that I've linked to do, you already have a Google account that you can use to also access Google Reader. More on what they do is below.

Feeds
In a nutshell, if you subscribe to a blog, you'll see any updates (called "feeds," hence "feed reader" above) inside the reader so that you don't have to just go visit every single favorite blog you are reading without knowing whether it's been updated or not (kind of like calling ahead before going to the store to see if they have sold out of the Sims2 Seasons back in March - unless you'd pre-ordered like me). It's true that there can be some lag sometimes before posts show up, and I still usually check back for comments even when there are no updates, but this still helps a lot in keeping up with all of the inspiring Chantix success stories I'm reading so avidly, and it helps to keep them all in one place.

Subscribe
Just how easy it is to subscribe to a blog's feed can depend on what browser you are using (for example, with Firefox like I use, the little RSS symbol appears right in the address bar of any site that has a feed available for subscription, I click on it, tell it to put it in Google Reader since that the reader I use most, and I'm done quick and dirty). Again, I'm not an expert, so with IE6 and even IE7 (though I think there is something to download for IE7?), I have no clue other than to first go into Google Reader (or wherever/however you are reading) to add that feed address directly from there when you know the address/link for the feed instead of doing the opposite (and to me, easier) way directly from the blog into the reader.

Finding out the address to a blog's feed is easy when there are buttons like these:
or or or variations of these - again, if you use Firefox, just click on them, and it will walk you through putting it in the reader you choose. If you don't use Firefox, right click to "copy shortcut" for the feed link for subscription so that you can paste it into your reader.

The reason you see this one on my blog: is because it seems to work for subscribing in any reader no matter what browser you are using (or at least with Firefox, IE6 & IE7 - honestly haven't tested others).

If you don't see something like those pretty icons, on Blogger blogs way down at the very bottom of the page, you'll see "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)." For purposes of this simple info posting, Atom and RSS basically do the same thing, just in different formats that are both picked up by any popular reader (and probably the unpopular ones, too).

Now that I've hopefully helped someone, somewhere to keep up with all of the Chantix blogs they love, here are yet a couple more blogs to add to the ever growing, in a wonderful way, list of people blogging about their experiences on Chantix. I've already added these to the links on the side, and I'll get them added to my big list of Chantix Linky Loos soon.

Current, Regularly Updated Blogs I Read Daily:

  • Joy's Blog - Like many others, seeing her kids reacting to her smoking was the final straw, and Joy started Chantix on August 1, 2007 and was already looking forward to August 8, 2007, her intended quit date.
  • Exsmoker-to-Be - Exsmoker mom's blog (or XSM as I'll probably call her unless she tells me not to). She started Chantix on July 31, 2007 after already working on noticing her chain-smoking and pacing herself to start gearing up for a successful quit that will be taken day by day (and probably with some humor, too).

4 comments:

  1. Wow, that was a very informative post. I think I'll actually give Google Reader a try, now that it doesn't seem so daunting:)

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  2. Thanks, Logan! Glad to hear you'll try it and hope you'll find it's really not at all daunting :)

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  3. This is my first day using Chantix. I have been smoking, unfortunately, for 40 years, deducting when I quit for four years. So far, so good, but it has only been a day. Taking my grandsons on a cruise as of this coming Monday through Friday, so hopefully I won't have the urge to smoke (being that by then it would have been six days).

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    1. Wishing you all the best. You can do this!

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