Why I’m lovin’ Bloglovin’
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If you read a lot of organizing blogs, you’ve probably run into Seana Turner, who is a Professional Organizers Blog Carnival Star Blogger. As one of her regular readers, I’ve noticed that she gets a lot of engagement on her blog. I’ve also noticed that she has a “Follow me on Bloglovin'” button in her sidebar, and I couldn’t help but wonder if there might be a connection between these two things.
I’ve invited Seana here today to explain how and why she uses this blogging tool. Check out her Bloglovin’ review — maybe it would be a good fit for you too!
Recent years have seen the explosion of the blog. Originally called “weblogs,” blogs have become a fresh way for individuals, businesses and influencers to connect with the public. As a blogger myself, I have enjoyed using this medium to share tips and ideas with my readers. As a reader (and a professional organizer who appreciates order), I wanted an efficient system for receiving and managing my blog subscriptions.
There are a couple of reasons why I like Bloglovin’.
For the blogger…
- Bloglovin’ automatically posts my new blogs to the feed of those who are following my blog. This provides a quick and effortless connection between my posts and my readers. [Note: you do need a valid RSS-feed on your blog for Bloglovin’ to be able to find and display your posts.]
- The blog feed shows my featured image, as well as the title and a few lines of my post, enticing readers to click through.
- Bloglovin’ keeps my posts in the feed for two weeks, meaning visitors who only periodically scroll through their feed have plenty of time to catch my latest post.
- Bloglovin’ suggests my blogs to other users who are following similar content. This has been a great way to reach people who may not otherwise have found me.
- I was able to download a button to post on my site that makes it easy for people to follow my blog.
- Bloglovin’ provides analytics of my traffic.
For the reader of blogs…
- Bloglovin’ is simple to set up. No technological wizardry required. This is a site for the average person.
- It is easy to find, follow, and un-follow blogs. I can follow a blog either by clicking on the B’ icon on a blog’s page, or by going to the Bloglovin’ site and searching the name of the blog I wish to add.
- Bloglovin’ allows me to group my blogs into categories. For those who follow many blogs, this added layer of context eases the process of organizing content for easy reading.
- The service sends me one email a day where I can see all the recent posts by bloggers I’ve followed. If there are too many posts to comfortably fit in the email, it provides a link at the bottom that takes me to the reading “frame,” where the full list of posts can be scrolled through.
- I can access my feed on my laptop or read it on my mobile device via the Bloglovin’ app. I like this feature because it provides a quick “go to” place when I find myself with a bit of spare time.
- Bloglovin’ learns my preferences, and will offer my suggestions of blogs I might enjoy reading. I’ve found blogs I didn’t know existed via their suggestions. I find I frequently follow new blogs. Likewise, if I find a blog is no longer of interest, I just hop on the site and unfollow.
- Basic membership on Bloglovin’ is free.
The world of blogs is an ever expanding and changing universe, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the technology and/or the sheer diversity of choices. If you are looking for a way to simplify the way you read and disseminate blogs, why not explore this tool at www.Bloglovin.com.
What blogging systems work well for you?