How do you follow your favourite blogs…..??

Hello everyone,

A quick post here mulling over how to follow blogs. Having just got back from a lengthy holiday in which I was forcibly unplugged from the interwebs due to a broken phone; I find that I have returned and have a lot of catching up to do with the blogs I follow.

If you are like me, and you have lots of blogs to read, but don’t always remember to go there, don’t have the right time to get online but fish around other spots and then you realize it’s been a month or more since you’ve been to your favourite spot on the web.  I have a problem because I really like blogs on many different blogging platforms. I also have a problem because my main platform for reading blogs is Feedly which conveniently has an app as well. I have noticed that most blogs dont have the Feedly button though which would make things much easier but I have to remember to manually add the name of the blog to my list. I like Feedly because it has the option to arrange in folders and subfolders. So e.g. I have  Sewing folder and within that is Kids sewing for blogs that principally produce that sort of content.

I also use Bloglovin mainly because most blogs have that follow button. But they have now changed the way the send the blog alerts and I have since realised that I dont get an email with all the blogs I follow – just a digest.  Its not my favourite format but its the most commonly available.

Since my blog is hosted on WordPress I have the options of the Reader here. I like this because its very very easy for me to comment and like posts and I get realtime notifications of new posts. . However these benefits are only with other WordPress blogs, consequentially I comment more on WordPress posts as it takes me very little time. I can add blogs on other platforms like Blogspot but I can comment or read comments on the posts easily. Plus I have also noticed that some posts dont show up on Reader even though I will double check that I am following the blog but I still have to go to that blog to see new posts. I find this very frustrating and have yet to find a solution to that.

These are the 3 ways I use to follow blogs – I know there are others out there. How do you follow your blogs? Have you found a seamless way to follow and easily comment on blogs outside your own platform? Please share in comments. I am really keen to hear how others handle this.

Many thanks for stopping by!

Hila

XoX

 

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61 thoughts on “How do you follow your favourite blogs…..??

  1. Great question Hila. I mainly use my WP reader and twitter. Most of the blogs I follow are on WP. Tho,I can add to my reader, even outside WP,just enter the url. It’s so much easier for me to use one or two platforms. Thanks for asking and sharing your tips.~Cheers

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  2. I feel your pain! I use WordPress reader, Bloglovin’ and a few sites send email alerts directly. I’d also noticed that relying on Bloglovin’ to send alerts is not working anymore, and sometimes find I’ve missed several favourites. No idea what’s the fix, and I only use PCs so no notion about app technology…I’ll probably just keep blundering about, unless one of your readers has the solution for us all!

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    1. WP is very easy and user friendly IMO. Apart from the issue with the disapperaing posts in the feed – its quite stable. I also love that I can like a post to show appreciation without necessarily commenting especially when pressed for time. I have noticed that other blog platforms don’t do that which is a shame.

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  3. I use wordpress only, but then every now and then I find someone has changed their web address and I have to re-add them to my list. Although lately I have noticed that sometimes some blogs just disappear – I’d never thought that it was because the feed wasn’t reliable!

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    1. Yes! thats happened to me several times where I have wondered whatever happened to so and so…look for them and fine the blog name has changed! Thats one of the reasons why I stuck it with my blog name – it was realising that if I changed it I would loose my 20 followers I had at the time 🙂

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    1. The trinity of blog lovers everywhere! I struggle with IG becasue when I am scrolling I just wanna scroll and look at pretty pictures without leaving IG – I never remember to come back to an IG post taking my to a blog post 😦

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      1. Oh haha if I like a post enough then I click into the user to see what else they made and if they have a blog link. Of course usually i only follow them if they have WordPress and for some reason they’re not in my reader already because it’s so much easier..

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  4. I use bloglovin, but since I updated my phone it doesn’t keep me logged in to make comments and I have to do it at my laptop or desk computer. I have searched my phone but I can’t find a way to change any settings so that the phone app keeps me logged in. So I still use it but I also blog with wordpress so it’s much easier for me to comment if it is on a wordpress blog too!

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  5. Great topic, Hila – thank you!
    I only use WordPress, and have noticed over the years that other bloggers have written about blogs being dropped from their reader, and/or not receiving new post notifications. I think it’s a continuing problem. Interesting the same things appear to occur with other feeds.

    Can’t stand getting hundreds of emails a month from blogs I follow, so chose early on not to use that option. Have bookmarked blogs I follow, & others I read occasionally. Go through the list once a month or so, just to review.

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      1. Glad to assist! I’m on Firefox & have my folders arranged so I can pop into “Blogs” and go into a sub-folder or go directly to a blog, depending on which I’ve put where….. in alpha order, of course. 😉

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    1. I am addicted to sewing blogs too! I follow so many hence the need to keep up in an organised and reliable way. I registered on the Fold |Line when it came out but I was non plussed – maybe its picked up a bit since then?

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  6. I used to use Google Reader, which was awesome, but since they discontinued it, I have switched completely to Bloglovin’. They have an app, which I check to read blogs, and I always add new ones to my list through the Bloglovin site. It works well, but it’s no Google Reader. 😦

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  7. I loved google reader, but then swapped to feedly and generally have no prob adding blogs to it as long as they have an RSS feed. The idea of getting email notifications for new blog posts sounds crazy to me – the posts are there in my reader – why would you need an email alert?? You can add a feedly button to your browser (so no need for it to be sitting on the sidebar of the blog) but I generally view posts using an app on my phone. Perhaps I’m missing something here but I don’t understand why you wouldn’t go for a service that’s universal…

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      1. Yes, but only for the 4 blogs I do a spot check of. I sub to about 15 blogs. Most post about 1x a week so if I did sub to all of them it’d be ok. But it’s the length of the posting and how many images that complicate it. For some reason my yahoo account freezes when a posting has lots of photos in it. Also if the post is one of those very long ones I’d rather see it in the WordPress Reader.

        Like I said I do mainly a quick read in Yahoo. If it’s worthwhile I come over to WordPress.

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  8. Hey Hila. I use Bloglovin, and choose not to get email alerts.

    I sometimes have problems commenting on non-wordpress blogs too, I think it may have something to do with cookies or some kind of security setting. It’s a shame when I’m unable post a comment but really want to show the blogger some appreciation!

    Recently my Bloglovin feed (on desktop) started including posts that the people I follow have ‘liked’. Urghh that drove me crazy because I was seeing some posts 3 or 4 times and so much clutter. Fortunately I figured out how to make a shortcut to just my feed. Anyway, I feel your pain with just wanting things to work!!

    I really like the shirt you just posted btw. A really good looking pattern!

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    1. I feel you about wanting to show appreciation but unable to because of the different platforms so frustrating! How did you do the shortcut thing on |Bloglovin? I really dislike their new format.

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      1. I have a mac – not sure if it’s different for PC, but I went to ‘blog feed’ in the bloglovin sidebar, then just dragged it up to my favourites bar in safari. I really hope instagram does’t become lame with these algorithm changes that are happening. They shouldn’t change a good thing!!

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  9. I used to use Bloglovin’ and really liked the interface. Then they changed the way they display your feed in the Bloglovin’ frame by adding in random blogs that you don’t follow, and don’t necessarily want to. It took me a week of emails back and forth for them to come clean that this wasn’t an error and was in fact deliberate. It became super easy then to leave and go to Feedly. Whilst I don’t like the interface of Feedly as much, it’s much more stable than Bloglovin, and really easy to navigate. If I want to comment I just click the “visit the website” button at the bottom of the page and voila!

    I think Bloglovin’ has shot themselves in the foot. But most of all I miss Google Reader. Sigh!

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    1. Yes! I dodnt like what they have done with Bloglovin either – the whole showing me what someone favourited or followed is very annoying. I just want to read my favourite blogs easily :-). Took me a while to get the Feedly interface and I am getting there with liking it. I also like that it takes me direct to the website unlike Bloglovin where it keeps me in a Bloglovin frame. Heres hoping something better comes along 🙂

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      1. actually there is an option on bloglovin to go directly to the site and not be in the bloglovin frame, you just go to settings and this specific option is on the bottom of the page. you can also choose what notifications you want to receive from them. I love using bloglovin and my wordpress reader, I think that if you make the right settings bloglovin is quite a good platform for following blogs, at least it is convenient for me.

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      2. I’m glad it’s not just me. I’m sure Bloglovin’ must be losing customers. I wrote and told them I was leaving. I’ve got the hang of Feedly now and am ok with it. But still hoping Google bring Reader back! 😉

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  10. Great topic, Hila! I am relieved that I am not the only one using multiple feeds to keep up with sewing blogs. I follow SO MANY. I don’t use notifications, but instead read my blog roll during my lunch break at work right from the feed websites. =)

    I use a combination of Bloglovin’ and WordPress Reader. I should add a Feedly button though–I always forget about Feedly! I really deeply dislike the new Bloglovin’ format. Even though I can click on “Blog Feed” to only see the things I actually subscribe to, it is so irritating to have to do that. >=( I never had Google reader but maybe that’s for the best, since so many people still miss it!

    And I don’t know what it is about Blogger, but I have such a terrible time commenting (under my WordPress account) on blogs that use their platform!! Ugh. I just want to read and comment on my favorite blogs–it shouldn’t be this hard, LOL!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Mads. I am so glad I am not alone. I have given up commenting on Blogger too – it just doesnt seem to recognise my WordPress account and sometimes you read a blog and just have something to say but the feeling goes after multiple attempts at Captcha and entering username. Such a shame because there are some great non WordPress blogs out there. I didnt even know about the Blog Feed thing on Bloglovin – I dont like what they do with the feed – at least I can try to change it now. I didnt use Google reader but it sounds like it was a good one.

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  11. I was super sad when I switched my blog from wordpress dot com to wordpress dot org- I had no idea I was going to lose all my wordpress reader followers!!! I mainly use bloglovin to follow, but I really hate how they have sponsored posts now, the ones I do like to follow often times get lost in the shuffle, and I hate that. There are actually a few blogs that I just follow through email- I get sent the email of their blog post when it comes up.. certainly the most reliable, but then again my mailbox can get cluttered quickly when I don’t have time to read through them… I haven’t used Feedly, but that sounds cool how you can sub categorize them…

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    1. It sucks that WP.org and WP.com cant allow you to carry the followers over – I have never understood that. The sponsored posts are really annoying but I think you can mange that in settings. I do like that Feedly hasnt gone the sponsored post way (yet) though. I havent used email following at all because of fear of the over cluttered inbox. Feedly might be worth a try . I like what you have done with your blog 🙂

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      1. I’ve gone ahead and checked out feedly, it looks pretty great so far, maybe it will be my new go-to 🙂 I know it sucks, I lost all of the followers and I have no idea how to get them back.. :/ If I had known about it I probably never have switched over. Although I did have a LOT of fun messing with the blog and making it look a little nicer 🙂 Thanks for the complement!

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      2. Wow! you did the design yourself – thats impressive. When I decided to start blogging I wasnt sure about whether to go .org or .com with WP and in the end my lack of HTML/coding knowledge put me off WP.org. Its something I do hope to learn though.

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      3. You don’t have to know THAT much HTML, just the simple basics.. I’ll admit when I first did it I thought I was WAY over my head!! But the company who is hosting me (siteground.com) have been SUPER helpful whenever I’m in a pickle!

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  12. I’ve never tried feedly… I primarily use the wordpress reader however the last few months I’ve found it rubbish, it doesn’t load properly, so I have hardly been reading blogs. I am on bloglovin and follow blogs on there but NEVER read any because I just don’t go on it! I only have the WP app! Maybe I should get the feedly one….

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  13. I use wordpress reader because it’s so easy. Otherwise I have a list of blogs not on that platform which I visit from time to time. It’s not easy to comment on some blogs on other platforms, and that’s offputting.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Jay. Do you keep your list on a bookmark tab in your browser too? I find remembering to go to blogs quite challenging 😛

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  14. I really like bloglovin’ for the aggregation, but I always prefer going back to WP reader to actually comment, so much easier from the app. I hardly ever can be bothered to comment on non-WP blogs, just too much much hassle.

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  15. I use Newsblur, which is similar in some ways to Feedly but geared more toward text. Feedly seems to me more image-focused, which is harder for me to follow on my phone. I pick up links from all over, though–found your blog via Grainline’s Instagram highlight of your recent Made May post, and when I added the feed to Newsblur, this post was the oldest unread one shown. 🙂

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  16. Hi Hilla! This is a useful tip. I used to read updates sent via email, but recently I’ve been using the WordPress Reader (for WordPress.com blogs only, I know), and I like that you can quickly click “like” or “comment” if you want to comment. I also use the notification list (bell icon in the upper right corner) to respond to comments others have made on my comments. So far, saves time for me! 🙂

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