Time for a change

It’s been two years since I launched Beyond the Noise, this little blog of mine. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure if anyone would even care what I had to say or notice my humble blog, but I’ve picked up a few loyal readers and lots of people stopping by to take a glimpse at what’s going on in my life and at Journey. When I registered my blog, I needed a web address and the one I came up with seemed to make sense… at least to me. But I forgot to take into account that it was nearly a mile long (http://matthewstarner-beyondthenoise.blogspot.com) and I could never remember it, let alone expect anyone else to remember it. I’ve been toying with changing the address for a while now and finally decided to pull the trigger and do it. Beyond the Noise is now found at www.matthewstarner.com. Much easier to remember!

And while we’re talking about it…

Here’s a mini-blog reading seminar. I’ve mentioned before that I read a LOT of blogs (currently 106), but many of the people who read this blog are new to the whole blogosphere thing, so I thought I’d help you out and share some things that make it really easy.

Get a Reader: If you read more than one blog, it can be a bit of a task to remember to check them periodically to see if they’ve been updated. An easy solution is to use a reader. I use Google Reader because it’s super simple to use and it works great. After you create an account (if you have Gmail or a Google Account, you’re already done.) you add the blogs you want to subscribe to and voila! You’re ready to go. The reader constantly checks the blogs you subscribe to and lets you see when they’re updated, all from one place.

Another easy way to subscribe to a blog is to sign up for email an subscription if the blog you want offers it as an option. It will shoot you an email of the new post. This is fine if you only subscribe to a couple blogs, but if you subscribe to too many, it will fill up your inbox pretty fast. If you have that many, go for the reader.

What is RSS? You might have noticed this little orange icon on different sites before. It’s the logo for RSS – Really Simple Syndication – and it means that the website you’re on offers a feed to which you can subscribe. Blogs and Podcasts aren’t the only sites that use RSS. Many websites – especially news feeds – offer the ability to subscribe to get updates. If you find you’re checking certain sites often for new content, see if they have an RSS Feed and subscribe – it will make your life much simpler!

Dive into the world of blogs and join in the conversation – you’ll be surprised how much you can learn!

About Matthew Starner

Matthew Starner is pastor of Journey of Faith Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they help people take their next step on their journey with Jesus.

2 Comments

  1. Hey Matthew, thanks for the education! Can you share some address’ of a few of your favorite blogs to help get us stated?

  2. Great suggestion – I’ve added a list of the blogs that I visit the most along the right side of the page. I’ll try to keep it updated as I discover new bloggers out there.

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