Minimalists Speak Up & How to Translate Feeds in Google Reader


Please head over toΒ Mind the Beginner for some incredible inspiration.

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Christiaan to give my thoughts on the benefits of being a minimalist and what it means to me.

Aside from me, there are some actual blogging minimalist rockstars on there, and it’s interesting to note how our views on minimalism seem to echo each other.


I was very sad when I realized that a lovely reader Oryx of this blog Duurzaam Sparen, only blogged in Dutch and I don’t speak the language.

Yes, I could go into the page in my handy Google Chrome browser and have it automatically translated from Dutch to English, but I’ve been so used to (read: lazy) by RSS feeding all of your blogs into my Google Reader, that I’d inevitably forget to read foreign blogs!

(Unless they are in French, of course.)

Enter: Google Reader Feed Translator

Best invention EVER. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Google Reader?

First you add the feed to your Google Reader

Then you click on Feed Settings > Translate into my language

And there you go! In English.

Of course this will never be a perfect translation from Dutch to English, but it’s good enough for me πŸ™‚

You also have to click on the actual blog on the left to be able to read it translated (it won’t come up as a translated feed when you click on a folder to read a bunch of blogs at once), but potato, potata.

This is great because now I can read other great blogs that are not in my language and still comment on them, they way they do on mine πŸ™‚

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.