How do you follow other blogs?

28/01/2018 Blogging 39

How do you follow blogs?

At the end of last year, I was kind of a bad blogger. I didn’t post much, I was slow replying to comments and I wasn’t really commenting on other blogs much, or even keeping up to date with my favourites. I was in a bit of a blogging slump, to be honest, partly triggered by being ridiculously busy and exhausted over November and December, and partly because it just happens every now and then. You can’t be super inspired all day every day, and I had a bad couple of months.

Thankfully the New Year seems to have reinvigorated me and my enthusiasm for blogging, and I’ve been getting back into it in a big way. I’ve been posting more, getting to comments a little quicker, and becoming reacquainted with my favourite blogs. However, this has led me to change up my blog following/browsing style, as I realized my old system just wasn’t working for me.

Since I started blogging, I’ve been using Bloglovin to follow blogs, and I’ve always really liked it. The app is nice and easy to use and all the blogs I follow are in one place. However, seen as I’ve been using Bloglovin for over three years and have kept discovering and following new blogs all the time, I’m now following so many that I’m starting to miss posts from my favourite blogs, or just feel too overwhelmed to wade through all of the latest posts.

Yes, a solution to this problem would be to go through my Bloglovin and unfollow loads of the blogs I’m no longer interested in, or that I followed at the start when I thought the done thing was to follow other blogs that followed me back. But that seems like hard work, and I always feel mean unfollowing…

So I’ve simply developed a back-up plan, for making sure that I’m regularly visiting a handful of blogs and commenting regularly! I’m still going to be keeping Bloglovin, as I do like to have a flip through it on my work break, and it’s just the done way of following blogs in the blog world (people’s Bloglovin numbers often mean a lot to them, so it’s a great way to support blogs I like!). But I’ve now bookmarked my most frequently visited blogs in the internet browser on my laptop, and have started going through the list every few days to see what’s new, and to comment on fresh posts.

To me, it feels like the blogging equivalent of sitting down to read the newspaper, and there’s something nice about devoting some real time to reading and commenting on blogs. I’ve also found I miss much less than I did when I was relying wholly on Bloglovin, and it keeps me more in touch with the blogging community, as I started to feel a bit disconnected when I was in my blogging slump.

However, I know that different bloggers probably use different methods to follow other blogs and keep up to date on the latest posts. Maybe they use RSS feeds and tools like Feedly, or keep up to date through email subscritpions or maybe just following the blogger on social media?

So I’d love to know: how do you follow your favourite blogs? How do you keep up with the latest posts? 

39 Responses to “How do you follow other blogs?”

  1. Nola

    I’ve only recently started using Bloglovin and just downloaded the app because of this post – didn’t know there was one!
    It’s definitely a struggle sometimes keeping up with favourite blogs. I usually go off of the WordPress reader that I check once a day, and have several blogs bookmarked like you. There’ just too many good blogs out there that it’s a full time job to keep up with them all!

    • Laura

      It really is a full time job keeping up with all the blogs you want to follow! I have never really used the WordPress reader to be honest, and I don’t know why! I downloaded the app the other day though, and I only just realised I have quite a few followers on there which is nice! 🙂
      I hope you like using the Bloglovin app. It’s definitely a great way to follow blogs, until you end up following so many that your feed is absolutely huge! 🙂

  2. Emma

    I tend to follow through social media at the moment. I have Bloglovin but am looking for a different method to easily keep up with my favourites. I will be keeping an eye on any comments to see what others use!

    • Laura

      Social media is a great way to keep up with blogs, seen as almost everyone posts when they have a new post go up. I hope you find an easy way to keep up with your favourites though! 🙂

  3. Tanya Patrice

    I use Feedly although I think bookmarking my favorite bloggers might be a better alternative to keeping up with just them – since my feed is like yours at the moment – full of a lot of feeds that I might no longer be interested in reading.

    • Laura

      It really is hard to keep up with your favourite blogs when your feed is clogged up with all sorts of random stuff you followed ages ago, isn’t it? I could really do with just going through my Bloglovin and unfollowing any blogs I’m no longer interested in, but it just seems like it would be such a big job! 🙂

  4. Angela

    Bloglovin’ is the main way I follow blogs. It’s just such a timesaver to have everything in one place. I subscribe to some by email and others on Blogger. I introduced my sister to Bloglovin’ recently – she’s not a blogger but she reads a lot of different blogs, and she has been loving it.

    • Laura

      Subscribing to blogs in a few different places is probably a good idea, then you don’t miss out on anything. And that is one of the great things about Bloglovin, that you don’t need to be a blogger to have an account, and keep up with blogs. I’m glad your sister is liking it so far! 🙂

  5. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I couldn’t survive in the blogosphere without Bloglovin’, but I’m having the same problem. I follow over 1000 blogs, and I feel like I miss things. There are ways to organize blogs into lists on that site. I have most of my favorites in one list, but my feed is still a disaster.

    • Laura

      I didn’t actually know you could separate blogs into different lists on Bloglovin, so I’ll definitely have to look into that! It is so hard when you’re following so many blogs though isn’t it? My feed is absolutely huge all the time, so I end up missing loads of posts I would probably like.

  6. Beth (fuelled by fiction)

    I use Bloglovin and subscribe by email! I follow TONS of blogs on Bloglovin. I separate them in to categories for easier viewing, but I know what you mean–it’s like the newspaper. I love feed readers like Bloglovin–but it’s good to make sure to click through to the site to give them pageviews, and not just view them on bloglovin/in an app. For my absolute favourite blogs, I subscribe by email so I don’t miss anything!

    • Laura

      I only just found out about the Bloglovin categories thing, so I’ll have to look into that, as that would probably stop me missing out on so much stuff!
      And I’ve never been sure how that works with feed readers and page views. I’ll definitely had to make sure I click through in the future, and I may make my own posts so you have to click through. So thanks for that! I wasn’t sure how that worked 🙂

  7. Tessa

    I use Bloglovin and I definitely know how overwhelming it can be! I love to follow a diverse selection of blogs and I refuse to unfollow any. So, my feed grows exponentially every day and I sometimes don’t know how to deal with it. But, the trick that I use is to save unread posts that you definitely want to read on TBR collection so I can remember to go back to it. It is not a perfect solution, but it definitely helps!

    • Laura

      That sounds like a good idea to me! I’ve never really done the whole ‘saving post’ thing, mostly because for ages I didn’t know you could do that, but it would probably save me a lot of time searching for posts I want to read 🙂

  8. Karen

    That is exactly how I do it too. I have my regulars bookmarked (I have Bloglovin but it’s too overwhelming at this point) then I add in new blogs to visit from tweets I see (like I just did for this post)and by perusing the comments on posts when I visit other blogs.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Laura

      It definitely sounds like you have a good system! I like the idea of adding blogs from tweets you see. I often see interesting looking posts on social media on my break when I don’t have much time and then mean to come back to them later, but forget to. I should really start bookmarking them too! 🙂

  9. Karolina

    I mainly use Bloglovin’ but I also like using Twitter. It’s way faster for me to just check my “blogs” list and clicking the links.

    • Laura

      Twitter is definitely a great place to keep up with blogs too. Although I have a similar problem there in that I’m following way too many people. I should probably start a ‘blogs’ list too! 🙂

  10. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I hate using BL as a feed reader. It doesn’t show all the posts, there’s no way to mark what you’ve already read (at least not that I could figure out when I was using it), organizing was super difficult to do. So now I use BL or the WP reader to give blogs another follower in their count, but then I follow on Feedly as my actual feed reader, and I am SO much better at blog hopping now. I finally get to actually see all the posts and mark off what I’ve read and stay organized!

    • Laura

      I’ve never tried Feedly, but I may have to give it a go. As you say, it’s nice to give someone that extra follower in their count, but for actual blog reading there’s probably a much easier way than Bloglovin! 🙂

  11. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I do hate that there seems to be no great solution. I don’t mind Bloglovin, but it does annoy me that it steals pageviews. And you can fix it on a computer but not mobile. Which… I don’t want my fellow bloggers to be robbed of views! Plus, SAME with not wanting to unfollow! I did unfollow a few that I have no idea why I followed to begin with, had nothing in common with, etc. But for people I actually once did visit? I feel terrible! So now, I am just absolute garbage at visiting blogs basically. I did the bookmark thing for awhile, but then that stopped working. Idk, I guess I just figure it’ll all even out at some point 😀

    • Laura

      There really is no easy solution, which really sucks. And I’ve never been sure what the deal is with Bloglovin and your pageviews, but I’m even more put off now I know it essentially steals your page views!
      That’s exactly how I feel though about unfollowing people whose blogs I did once read. That’s partly why I’m trying to move away front bloglovin, so I don’t have to do the inevitable go-through my list of blogs and unfollow loads.
      I hope we both manage to figure it out soon. The bookmark thing is working for me at the moment, so long as I remember to check through the list every so often! 🙂

  12. ShootingStarsMag

    I use Bloglovin for the most part, but I don’t check that everyday. I made a blog list that I keep track of and it lets me know when blogs I love a new post, so that’s usually how I got about it. I actually have another blog so I have the blog list there as I’m not as worried about how it looks. It’s on the right hand sidebar going down if you’re curious: http://www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com. Sometimes it can take a bit to add new blogs I love to it though, so it’s definitely not all up to date but it helps!

    -lauren

    • Laura

      I like the idea of having your blog list on your blog! I’ll definitely have to check out your list, because I’m always on the lookout for more great blogs to follow (even though I’m already following loads!) 🙂

  13. Laura

    Just to let you know, if you commented on this post later than the 1st of February, your comment may have disappeared. I had a problem with my website and had to restore it from a back-up, so some of them may have disappeared, so I’m so sorry if yours was one of them!

  14. Elley the Book Otter

    I follow most blogs through Bloglovin’ or whatever button they let me click to follow. The ones I really enjoy and want to make sure I never miss a post, I also subscribe via email to. That way I get an email every time they post, when they post. WOO HOO! And it’s easy to review in my email to see if I need to click through RIGHT NOW and read the latest post, or if it can wait a bit. I like your idea of bookmarking your absolute faves and flipping through your bookmarks like flipping through the sections of the newspaper. That’s a great idea too!

    • Laura

      I always like the idea of subscribing by email, because I know as a blogger its really great to see your email subscribers going up, but I have such a disorganised inbox that I’m bound to miss posts by relying solely on that. I should probably try tidying up my emails a bit, and then doing that! 🙂

  15. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads

    I’ve also been wondering how people follow other blogs. I use Bloglovin’ – mainly now because that’s where most of my own followers come from. It’s interesting to see most of the comments here say the same. I follow maybe 60 people on there so it’s managable, but I also have an email subscription to around 10 blogs. I find Bloglovin’ more convenient both for following and being followed though, just because for following it’s all in one place, and for some reason I just can’t build up a big enough following through email subscriptions.

    Great post!

    • Laura

      60 people definitely sounds like a manageable amount, whereas I think mine is currently in the hundreds! I should probably just try and cut it down! 🙂
      Bloglovin is definitely where the majority of my own blog following is too, so it is nice to have all that in one place. My email subscribers has been going up recently, but I’ve always struggled more to build that up than Bloglovin, probably because so many people find Bloglovin the most convenient.
      I’m glad you liked this post! 🙂

  16. Gayathri

    Though I have a Bloglovin’ account I don’t use it much. I use Feedly to follow the blog feeds. I make it a point to visit the blogs once in a week or two to leave a comment on them. I love the visiting blogs!

    • Laura

      I may have to try Feedly sometime, to compare it with Bloglovin.
      I love reading blogs too, and it can be nice just to have some proper time every week when you get to sit down and visit some of your favourites 🙂

  17. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Well, blogging slumps happen to everyone 🙂 that’s great that you’re out of it!
    As for how I read my blogs… Well, I’ve also noted the same thing about following them the conventional way. I still do – just to show love and support, but for my own reading, I just use Feedly – especially because you can do catalogs there! Like folders or categories. It’s really cool. So that’s the clean space for the stuff I definitely don’t want to miss 🙂

    • Laura

      I think I’m definitely going to have to give Feedly a try! A few people have recommended it now, and the catalogs thing sound super convenient! 🙂

  18. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Honestly, these days I mostly only have time to reply back to commenters on my blog and read the posts that are linked up to mine (like Discussion Challenge—which you can see I’m running behind on). Other than that, I have a few blogs I visit in between, but I’m usually kept busy. I DO have Bloglovin’ though and I love it, and I try to go through the feed occasionally, but depending on my level of busyness, I have varying success.

    • Laura

      Busyness definitely affects my blog reading and commenting too, but thankfully I think other bloggers understand. I imagine keeping up with all the discussion challenge posts is an especially big job, so I can understand why you don’t get much time to read outside of those posts! 🙂

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