Saturday, February 04, 2012

Removing Blogs From Your Reading List

One of the strangest cases of confusion, exhibited in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, comes from people who only want to remove a blog from their Reading List, using the "Manage Blogs I'm Following" wizard.
I can't remove a blog from the Reading List - there is no trash can in the Manage wizard!
Here, I'll advise you, simply, to not look for a trash can icon.

To remove blogs from your Reading List, click on the gear icon to the far right of "Reading list", on your dashboard. This gives you Blogger: Manage Blogs I'm Following, which contains an inventory of all Followed blogs, by blog title. Alternately, try Google Friend Connect: Sites I've joined. You may be able to use the latter, when the former does not perform.

If you don't see the title of the blog that you are trying to remove, in the Manage list, don't look at the content, in "All blogs". Go to the Reading List and look at each individual blog in the list, one by one, until you find the problem content - then look at the title used by the problem blog. Always start with the correct title.

Once you know the correct title, go back to the Blogger / Friend Connect inventory, and find that title in the list. Click on "Settings", next to the title.

When you click on "Settings", you may have to login to Following / "Friend Connect". If you have to login, select "Google" - then use the correct Blogger account name and password.

In the popup window for the correct title, you'll find the Basics tab selected, with your profile displayed. Beneath the display of your profile, you'll find the title of the blog again - and to the right of that (possibly requiring that you stretch the width of the popup window), you'll find the link "Stop following this site". Click on the link, hit "Stop Following" to confirm, and you're done.

Just don't waste time looking for a trash can icon.

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34 comments:

Susan Roebuck said...

Exactly what I've been trying to do. The reason you're getting so many posts in your "help" column maybe because people, like me, do click the gear symbol to manage their blogs. But maybe they end up, like I always do - and have done for weeks now - with the error message: code error bX-2ge117

I haven't been able to reduce my blog list for months because of this.

Chuck Croll said...

Susan,

Do you have a discussion in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken? If not, can you please start one, so we can diagnose this?

nk said...

thanks alot .

Gary Sargent said...

thank you. i didn't know i needed to sign in twice. cheers for your post

Sush Sen said...

thanks. I was also at a loss to remove some links.

ResepAming said...

Oh...thank you ever so much.

Joonas said...

I can't sign twice. My domain doesn't have the Google Friend Connection option! So I cannot remove unwanted blog from my readlist anymore. This is crazy!

Tokipoke said...

Thank you very much

Simon said...

bizarre, i login to my blog with my google account, and then have to login again to remove blogs from my readings list. typical google logic.

Chuck Croll said...

Simon,

Either you have a problem with third party cookies, or you have two different Blogger accounts. Why not post in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, so we can discuss this easier?

Sarah Moran said...

Thank you so much! I've been trying to figure this out for a while now and am so glad I came across your instructions.

Cuckoo Chanel said...

Thanks so much!!!

Ayush Jain said...

really useful information.. many thanks!! was looking for it but just could not find it!!

shon89 said...

Thank-you so much, was getting increasingly more frustrated with the thing!

Faith said...

Thank you! This post provided just the information I was looking for. Now I'm off to clean up my reading list!

mealpicks said...

thank you. It was a breeze following your instructions!

Momoko Yuki said...

Hello, i am still having a problem with removing my blogs i don't want to follow anymore? I am guessing since i wasn't in the "friends connect" ma-bob, i can't do anything about it. Do you know an alternative way to manage my blogs? Thank you for you time and effort to fixing my problem

Cahuenga Confidential said...

Thanks a millions for explaining this! I somehow got subscribed to a blog's comments string instead of their blog posts. When I tried to unsubscribe via the settings "gear," I kept seeing the link friends page, but figured naw, it couldn't be that! lol. Thanks again...

Ivie said...

Thanks for this. I was pulling my hair out on this one.

CreativeTaylor said...

thanks so much - it worked for me - the blogger help page is useless

Stan Klos said...

thank you

Mark Wing said...

Thanks!

Ovidiu Rus said...

Thanks a lot!

arshi lover said...

thanx it really helped....

Liene said...

Hi, I've come from the "something is broken" google product forums where you've got a topic on an issue I'm seeing in my blogger. Do you know if the issue of "error, friendconnect data not available at this time" has been resolved? Looks like the topic has been inactive for a while, but I'm still having issues, and nobody has responded to my recent questions concerning this issue... Thanks for any help.

Dani said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have not been able to use the gear icon as it kept giving me an error message, but now, thanks to the http://www.google.com/friendconnect/user/overview link that you gave I can remove those blogs I no longer want to follow. I have been trying for over a year!

Liene said...

Right, Dani has given me the link I needed.

Joana said...

Nevermind my rant. I started using this link you gave http://www.google.com/friendconnect/user/overview and it's perfect! SORRY and THANK YOU

Debbi said...

Finally got mine off...it took forever to go thru the google friend connect list since I follow at the least 100+blogs, but all that crap is gone now. Shame on those spammers.

GENE-use said...

very helpful, thanks! :)

Dawn Gagnon said...

This didn't work for me I get this message after I click the gear icon:
These are the blogs you are following and sites you've joined with FriendConnect. Learn more
We are unable to load your FriendConnect data at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again shortly.

Chuck Croll said...

Dawn,

If the Blogger: Manage Blogs I'm Following wizard does not work for you, use Google Friend Connect: Sites I've joined

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2013/01/blog-readers-report-inability-to-remove.html

Myke Todd said...

Thanks for this valuable information. It worked like a charm.

Sam Dan said...

I was trying for almost 2 years unsuccessfully to remove blogs from my reading list. Thank you for posting this including the links to friend connect which actually works.
Oddly enough while trying to connect directly to friends connect or manage the reading list from blogger overview, results in an error message and has for almost more than a year for me.

Thanks again, really appreciate the great work.