Kudos to those astute individuals who spotted this new blogger feature, evidently within minutes of its recent arrival. And thanks to those stalwart souls who started "following" my blog before I even knew that it was possible to be a blog "follower."
This is really cool, I think, and very helpful. Since I enjoy reading lots of different blogs, yet many of them are only occasionally updated, this "following" feature is great for alerting me to new posts when they appear. It's a lot faster than checking 70+ blogs, one by one, every day. (No, I wouldn't even try to do that. Who has that much time? That's why "following" is great.)
"Following" is similar to the not-quite-as-recent "blogroll" feature. It tracks the URL of blogs and other websites, and reports information pertaining to recent update. "The Cutting Edge" (on the left here) is my "blogroll," which lists the ten most current posts on many of my favorite blogs. That's already pretty cool. Now that I've signed up as a "follower" on those same blogs (and a couple dozen more), my blogger "dashboard" gives me a running list of all the recent posts of all the blogs I "follow," in chronological order, with various sorting options available to me. The list provides links to each blog, and to each post by name, and even gives the first few lines of each post, so I am able very quickly to scan through things and check out anything that catches my fancy (as time permits).
Others who use blogger should check this out, and perhaps other blog-platforms provide similar such features. I am finding it useful, in any case, and recommend it to anyone else who tries to keep an eye on lots of different blogs. Go to your "dashboard" to find out more about this nifty new "gadget." Or, if you click on the link under "regular readers" here (also on the left), you can probably get more helpful information that way, too. For what it's worth. I'm just giddy about gadgets, especially when they're not just gimmicks. This is kid-in-a-candy-shop stuff for me.