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I have never kept it a secret that I think RSS feeds are the most efficient and satisfying way to keep up on my strips, and the web as a whole. Instead of going to 165 sites every day to see if there's something new, I go to one, Google Reader, and it shows me everything that's new. I can very quickly scroll through dozens of items at a time, reading some, skipping some, and marking the rest with a "star" to read later.

You can also "like" items, which is what I want to talk about today. Once I've read everything in my list there's an Explore Recommended Items feature which shows me items I might be interested on. It bases this, in part, on items I've "liked" and items other people have "liked". It's the RSS version of Amazon recommending a book to me based on my purchase history.

But yesterday the value of this feature skyrocketed with the introduction of Google Reader Play which presents recommended items in a very compelling interface. And suddenly this reasonably popular Not Invented Here strip went through the roof, with literally hundreds of thousands of views. Most of those viewers kept on clicking past, but a few were intrigued enough to go to our website, read the archive, and subscribe themselves. And that is a good thing.

So if you find yourself laughing at one of my strips on Google Reader, please "like" it. It will help new readers to find my strips, and help you find new stuff you like.

P.S. If you're a Mac user of Google Reader I recommend installing Greedy. Once you have you can subscribe to a website by clicking on the "RSS" logo in the address bar in Safari.

P.P.S. Here's are the RSS feeds for Unshelved and for Not Invented Here

Our next appearances


Jan. 19, 2018 Downer's Grove, IL
Downer's Grove Public Library Staff Day (private event) (Gene)

Feb. 9 - 12, 2018 Denver, CO
ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC booth 714) (Gene)

Apr 2 - 6, 2018 Dallas, TX
TXLA 2018 (Library COMIC booth 2632) (Gene)

June 22 - 25, 2018 New Orleans, LA
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)

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