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?