How do you keep up with new blog posts from your favorite blogs? I used to keep all of my favorite sites bookmarked and check them once a day for updates. But at some point, checking 20-30 blogs for updates daily began to take a lot of time. Many of the blogs I followed didn’t post on a regular schedule. Some of our friends only posted on their personal blogs once a month or less. I never knew when to check on them. Then I would forget and not see their updates until weeks later.
I had heard about RSS feeds, but it seemed confusing to set it up. Plus, I like pretty blogs and the RSS feed was NOT pretty. I wanted to see the whole post along with the design, and not just the words and pictures. Then a couple of years ago I discovered Bloglovin’. It’s my favorite way to keep track of new blog posts. Not only is it prettier than other feed readers, it’s also a huge time saver!
With my old bookmarking method, the number of blogs I could follow was really limited. Bloglovin’ allows me to follow anything that interests me. I can categorize the sites into lists. When I check my feed and see a list of all recent posts, it’s like a magazine full of articles that are hand-picked for me. I skip over the things that don’t catch my attention and save things that I want to read later. As a blogger and business owner, it helps me to see trends in my field and has strengthened my blog following.
I realized recently that many of my friends are still using the bookmarking method, so I thought I should share why using Bloglovin’ has been so helpful to me…
5 Reasons to Use Bloglovin’
Check your feed to see all of the recent posts from your favorite blogs in one place.
Clicking through a list of bookmarked sites, just to check and see if there is an updated post, is a waste of time. Bloglovin’ updates all of the blogs you follow immediately after the posts are published. Then when you open up your feed on the computer (or through the phone app), you get a list of all the new posts in chronological order. You’ll see the featured photo, headline, and a couple of sentences of the post. From there you can decide if you want to read more or keep scrolling. I like being able to see what’s going on with my favorite bloggers at a glance, even if I don’t have time to read the full posts.
You can also save your favorite posts for later. For me that saves time searching for that great article I read and wanted to share, but forgot to bookmark. Bloglovin’ recently added a feature that allows you to categorize the saved posts into collections as well, making it even easier to search through older saved articles or share them with your friends.
If you don’t want to stay logged in all the time or don’t have the smartphone app, you can also opt to receive daily or weekly e-mail updates with your posts.
Bloglovin’ helps you stay organized too. As I said above, you can categorize your sites into lists that make sense to you.
I keep mine categorized by topics like, sewing, printing, design, homeschooling, and Christian encouragement. If I’m looking for something specific, I can just search the blogs in the right category. You can use the lists to organize your sites in a way that makes sense to you, easily add them to groups, and keep them private if you prefer.
Bloglovin is also a great trend spotting tool. Maybe you don’t consider yourself “trendy”, but I think people in all businesses benefit when they can see trends in their field. For example, I can tell just from the headlines I scroll through that dozens of sewing bloggers are making Hudson Pants and that they love them. I can see which fabric lines are popular. I can see when events and trade shows are coming up, and who is going to them. I can browse through the popular posts in a category to see what people are interested in reading. Those are examples from the sewing community, but the same idea applies in most areas of interest.
You can also spot trends in posting times! When I was using my bookmarking system, I could never figure out if a blogger posted on a schedule. Now I can see that there are patterns to people’s posting and I expect posts on certain days. For example, the majority of the blogs I follow post on Monday and Friday mornings. That’s helps me to plan ahead so that I have time to read and comment on new posts those days.
See the Pretty
Which would you rather see?
Bloglovin’ lets you see the blog design when you read, because you still click through to the blog! There has been some controversy about how Bloglovin’ displays information through a “frame” (basically copying the blog content into their own format on their site). It’s complicated, but in order to support your favorite bloggers, just go to the settings page and choose “I don’t want the frame.” There are many blogs I follow because of the design, like Going Home to Roost. I want to see the whole design, as the blogger intended, when I read the posts.
(Most of the articles I found regarding the “frame” issue are older, and it’s clear Bloglovin’ has made some changes. The option on the settings panel is one thing. I’ve also noticed a second referral source from “frame.bloglovin.com,” which tells me they have found a way to use their frame in a way that still counts as traffic to the blog.)
Strengthen Your Blog Following
If you have a blog, Bloglovin’ can help to strengthen your following. My Bloglovin’ followers continue to come back and consistently save posts. They stay more engaged because they are reminded each time I post something new. Even though some bloggers have rejected it because of the frame controversy, it is usually one of my top referral sources. As far as I can tell, many users prefer to read directly from my site and I have benefitted from the traffic.
When people follow new blogs, Bloglovin’ recommends related blogs to them. When readers click “similar blogs,” your blog is directly recommended to people that already have in interest in it. As your following grows, your blog is recommended more and may even be featured in the “popular posts” section or the weekly Bloglovin’ e-mail, which can help readers find your blog.
I hope this helps you save some time and help you get your blog reading organized!
(It’s crazy that I have to clarify this, but this is not a sponsored post and I have not been compensated for this post. I’m just sharing a tool that has been helpful to me and that I hope will be helpful to you!)