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Next: An Excellent Way to Read Blog Posts

I don’t know if this is a new feature, or just a new-to-me thing, but it’s pretty fantastic. If you use Google Reader but miss reading blog posts in their original context, prepare to be very excited… You can install a little “Next” bookmark in your browser bar and click through your unread posts on each individual blog instead of in the reader!


You can find the bookmarklet by going to “Settings” in Google Reader, then “Goodies”. Happy browsing!

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  • Me? A Mom?
    May 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

    omg. brilliant. Thanks!

  • Janssen
    May 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    That is VERY nifty.

  • Lauren
    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Love it!!!

  • Martina
    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you thank you!! And you can create a Next button for your categories too – how smart! (Because I only really care about seeing my “Design” inspiration blogs in their original format, not ALL the blogs I follow.)

  • Nali P.
    May 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    love this feature. thank you!

  • wide open spaces
    May 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    this is THE BEST. thank you oh thank you for letting us know!

  • callie
    May 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I have been having problems clicking on the “View in Google Reader” it gives me an error message, been going on a week now. Plus I have been having problems with commenting as well…. has anyone else been having this problem?

  • Laura
    May 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you so much! I love looking at their blogs in their original stat but google reader is such a time saver. Thanks for sharing! I am going to have to post on my bloag about it now!

  • LeilaMac
    May 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing! This is glorious!

  • natalie
    May 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    my goodness this is good news…THANKS!

  • danielle
    May 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I had no idea about the “next” feature, thanks for sharing!

  • bianca
    May 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I love you for discovering this and sharing!!! Thank you oodles!!!

  • Emily
    May 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    BEWARE! That little “next” button is VERY addicting! I have been using it for quiet sometime. Pushing that darn thing has become a habit for me when I wake up in the mornings :)

  • nicole
    May 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    thank you for sharing!

  • Desiree Fawn
    May 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    This is so exciting!!

  • yasmine
    May 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    GENIUS. thanks so much for the heads-up! =)

  • Gitta
    May 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Can you still star items somehow?

  • Kerry
    May 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Very helpful — thanks so much!

  • suzanne
    May 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    aaahhhhhh! this is so awesome!
    thanks for sharing!

  • Jules
    May 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    This is all fine and dandy, but I’m looking for pictures of Eleanor and want to here all about your new role as a mom. ;)

  • heather s.
    May 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you!!

  • Kay
    May 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    This is fabulous – thanks so much for sharing! I will be passing it forward!!

  • Katie
    May 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Holy bananas! Thank you!

  • uglygirl
    May 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Also, when you’ve exhausted the “Next” button by reading through all your blogs, you get to a site that congratulates you for reaching the end of the internet. And tells you to go outside or something. It’s cute.

  • Jules
    May 15, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    HEAR about your new role as a mom. Stupid homophones.

  • Tina
    May 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Sounds good…will try it! :)

  • rachel m.
    May 16, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Oh. MY. GOD. I love this! Thank you for sharing the love.

    and post more baby pics!

  • Amy
    May 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    yes! i did this as soon as i read your post!


  • Valerie
    May 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I’m feeling a bit stupid, but I can’t figure out where to drag the next button to. I opened up the “settings/goodies” in one window, clicked on the next button and dragged it to another open window with my Google Reader pulled up, but no matter where I would drag it to, it would automatically open a new blog post up, but I couldn’t find the next button anywhere that I had tried dragging it to?

  • Cyn
    May 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Love a girl who’s tech-savvy AND makes things pretty. Much appreciated…

  • The Chatty Housewife
    May 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I love using the next button, but can anyone tell me if there is a way to star your favorites?

  • teri
    May 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    can’t wait to try it out!

  • Sarah
    May 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Wow thanks a bunch! Cool feature that I wasn’t aware of =)

  • French Furniture
    May 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    What a great thing!

  • robin
    May 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    that is a FANTASTIC font!!! do you mind sharing the name? oh, and thanks for sharing that feature! can’t wait to install it tomorrow night, but for now, it’s bedtime…

  • Zoe
    May 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

    That IS exciting! Thanks for the hot tip!

  • Making it Lovely
    May 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Ah, the only trouble is that you can’t star items. At least I don’t think you can.

    Robin, that font is Square Meal.

  • maha
    May 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the great tip!

  • Anna @ D16
    May 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I assumed everyone knew about this! I could never keep up with blogs without this feature. :)

    Tip: Put the “next” button all the way on the left in your toolbar, and you can just sit there and hit command-1 over and over again. :)

  • Jess LC
    May 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just got on board with Google reader but I found I missed the seeing the sites in their pretty packages as well. Now I have the best of both worlds!

  • sunny
    May 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I adore this feature. Thanks for sharing it! I was missing (in Google Reader) seeing design blogs in their “natural environment” :)

    I am a long way from getting to the “end of the internet” but hopefully I’ll get that message soon!!

    By the way – the feature helped me win a blog contest. It mentioned the first reader to respond won..and I won a DVD because the “next” button got me to the blog moments after the blog entry was posted.

  • foobella
    May 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I’m with Valerie. I’ve dragged that next button all around town just about and can’t figure it out. help? =(

  • Jess
    May 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Wonderful! Thanks so much!!

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  • Holly
    April 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Isn’t Google Reader shutting down on 7/1/13?