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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Keeping Track of Your Favorite Websites

Just a quick post for today...busy weekend. After getting involved in the Stitcher's Angel Swap, my own 100th post giveaway, the Fall Into Fall Quilter's giveaway and a Christmas Ornament Swap all in a short period of time, I was having a hard time keeping track of the Really Super Sites I was finding along the way. Here are a few ways to keep track of your favorites so you can go back to them on a regular basis:

The easiest is to bookmark, or add to your favorites, the home page of the site. This puts that page onto a list which can be easily referenced whenever you want to visit the site. In Firefox and Internet Explorer, Ctrl-D will bookmark a page for you or add it to your favorites. Sometimes I find my bookmark list just gets too cluttered so I was glad when I discovered...

Feedburner, where you can subscribe to all your favorite websites that offer the service (mine does...check on my sidebar!) and either read the new posts using your favorite web-based news reader, or you can choose to have new posts delivered to your email inbox. The email option is what I do for my very favorites. Then they greet me every morning as soon as I check my mail.

Another great feature I recently discovered from Google Blogger is Following. It's a feature recently added to the Dashboard of Blogger where you can add your favorite websites and Follow them publicly or privately. Blogger even has a cool little widget that you can put on your own blog to show who is Following your site and to encourage others to Follow as well. Once you become a Follower of a site, every time there is a new post on that site, it shows up on your Dashboard. Very cool. This how I keep track of sites where I have entered a giveaway, or signed up to participate in a swap, or when I know something is coming up that I don't want to miss. I have found it to be a very convenient feature.

Do you know of other convenient ways to keep track of your favorite websites? What's your favorite way? If you like Hooked On Needles and want to make sure you don't miss anything new, be sure to subscribe to my feed by entering your email address on my sidebar, or become a Follower by adding http://www.HookedOnNeedles.com on your Blogger Dashboard.

That's my tip for today. Not technically Hook or Needle related, but perhaps it will help you keep up with all your favorite Hook or Needle related websites out there.

Don't forget to enter my fall giveaway by October 14th for a chance to win a very nice pincushion bag and other fall goodies. Good luck!

Happy Stitching!

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