If you’re here, reading this blog, you probably read other blogs. Maybe even a lot of other blogs.
It can be hard to keep up with them all.
Blog reading can be a time suck. One blog leads to another which leads to another which leads to watching videos of drunk people making toasted cheese sandwiches (or is that just me?)
There’s no need to do the rounds of the blogs everyday to check who has posted something fascinatingly interesting. Use one of these methods, and you can cut down your surfing time considerably.
Most blogs have a dedicated Facebook page and will, most often, shamelessly plug publicise their most recent posts there.
The disadvantage is that Facebook doesn’t show you everything. They’ve got these complicated algorithms that read your mind, and tend to only pop things in your news feed that they think you’ll be most interested in. Also, not everyone is on Facebook (I know, right?!), so this isn’t the ideal way to follow a comprehensive list of blogs.
Twitter is more reliable than Facebook; you will receive every update from every person you follow.
Which is also it’s disadvantage. The pure volume of information from Twitter can be overwhelming, and unless you’re plugged in constantly you will probably miss something.
And again, not everyone is on Twitter (or, like my husband, is on it but has no freaking idea how to use it).
The most reliable way to make sure you never miss a post from your favourite blogs is to subscribe to the blog by email.
Most blogs will have a subscription field in the sidebar where you can enter your email address and have an email delivered straight to you when a new post is published.
You might even get a freebie or some exclusive content in a newsletter every now and then.
In case you’re looking, I don’t have a subscription button, but if you sign up for the newsletter, it will always have links to the most recent posts. (Why not try it out and see how it works!)
BlogLovin is a cool little website that lets you subscribe to your favourite blogs and displays their new posts all in one place.
You will need an account (sign up with either your email address or Facebook account). Once you’re set up with that, you can add the web addresses of your favourite blogs (or some blogs will have a handy little button which will subscribe you) and visit Bloglovin to get your blog fix.
There is a Bloglovin app for your mobile device too (iPhone, iPad, android).
Bloglovin is a feed reader designed specifically for blogs, but there are other feed readers available that you might prefer.
The biggest advantages of feed readers is that you are only presented with new posts, and posts are marked as read as you get through them. No need to check a blog ‘just in case’ there’s a new post.
Most will allow you to categorise blogs, and will sync between your desktop computer and your mobile devices, so that you always have an up to date list of your favourite new blog posts to read.
Everyone has a favourite reader – here are a few to try:
Reeder (for Mac)
Feedly is my favourite, and I’ll do a thorough tutorial on how to use it in the future.
Tell me in the comments, how do you follow your favourite blogs?