Perhaps first I should let you know why you want to set up your google reader. When I arrived at my current gig in the PGON I was immediately overwhelmed by both the sheer amount of information available and the huge number of countries in Africa...seriously 53 countries for two desk officers?!
And I remember that it took me a little while to discover Google Reader and then it took me a while to figure out the best way to set it up, and the best way to use it. Hopefully, this can save some of my readers some time.
Get a google account...still rolling hotmail or yahoo? You're out of luck.
Getting started with Google Reader
So then you can scroll down to get the basics on how it all works.
NOTE: Please send me any of your favorites or suggestions at email@example.com
So click the "more" tab and then at the bottom there click the "even more". This will bring up a whole list, the first of which is "Alerts". Once you click on this, you will be able to type in the word, country or phrase. You can also choose how often you want it updated and what sources you want searched. NOW THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART: the last dropdown defaults to delivering to your inbox...you DON'T want this--it defeats the whole purpose of using the reader. So change that option to "feed"
ENJOY using your reader every day. It also works great on your iphone directly on the Safari browser.
FUUO Tip: When you read something even remotely interesting make sure you click the "star" button. This makes it easier to find later, otherwise the articles can be hard to find once they are read.
How do YOU get your news?
What's your system?