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Friday Best of the Web: Farewell Google Reader Edition

Yesterday I opened Google Reader and saw the following message.

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I’ll admit. I panicked just a little. I’ve been using Google Reader since the beginning of my blogging days. It’s easy to follow lots of blogs with Google Reader, and that’s where I find most of my Friday links. I’m not sure what I’m going to do as an alternative yet, but I’m obviously going to have to find a solution.

How does this affect you? Well, if you’re reading Freelance Homeschool Mom in Google Reader, obviously you’re going to have to find a new way to follow us. I highly recommend signing up for the Freelance Homeschool Mom email feed. I’m in the process of moving the email feed to Aweber, giving it a very professional look. Just enter your email address in the form linked here. You will receive an email asking you to click a link to confirm your subscription. Click the link, and you will be subscribed!

If you don’t like to read blogs via email, consider circling Freelance Homeschool Mom on Google+. The Freelance Homeschool Mom Google+ page only contains updates from the blog, so it’s an easy way to make sure you get the latest posts (feel free to circle me, too, but I post a lot more than just my blog updates). You can follow Freelance Homeschool Mom on Facebook, too.

If you’re looking for a new RSS reader, the three contenders to take the place of Google Reader seem to be Feedly, Netvibes, and NewsBlur. Try them out and use whichever one suits you best. Just make sure you find an alternative before July 1!

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Best of the Web

Oh my, I came across a lot of great articles this week! It was hard to narrow my picks down to just five! But I did. If I didn’t, you’d be here all day reading!

As if the bad news on Google Reader wasn’t enough, this week the FTC came out with new disclosure guidelines. If you’re a blogger who does reviews or sponsored tweets, make sure you read Carleen’s take on how to comply with the new guidelines at Beauty & Fashion Tech.

I always love reading about what others think of homeschooling. Jason is intrigued by the idea of homeschooling, but he has a couple of concerns at My Philosophy of Education. If you homeschool, do you struggle with his areas of concern? (Finances & Socialization).

As a blogger, of course I think blogging is the ultimate work from home job. But Larry at Side Income Blogging thinks you shouldn’t bother blogging if you don’t blog on a topic you’re passionate about. And you know what? He’s right!

Looking for some great St. Patrick’s ideas for the weekend? Mama of Many Blessings has a big list of 50 St. Patrick’s ideas. You’re sure to find something fun to keep your kiddos busy!

Want to know how to kill your marriage in 5 easy steps? Gena tells you how at Earth Monkey Moms. She also gives some solid advice on how to make your marriage better.

Freelance Homeschool Mom News

If you haven’t visited Freelance Homeschool Mom lately, you should. We have a new look! I always love a good blog makeover. A big thanks to Larry at Side Income Blogging for creating the new logo!

The winner of the Veggie Tales giveaway is Sara! Congratulations!!!

There’s still time to enter the giveaway for Roma Downey’s Little Angels Prayers for Every Day! The giveaway ends Wednesday, and so far the number of entries is low. Your chances of winning are good!

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Coming Up Next

In the next week or so, look for a post addressing the Common Core and homeschooling, a review of Shattered by Dani Pettrey, and a fun preschool activity.

Have a great weekend! And let me know if you’re doing anything exciting! We are attending our AWANA club’s Grand Prix. Bug is racing his car, which he lovingly named “The Baconator” after his favorite food.

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