For the last several months, I’ve been vaguely aware of the fact that Google Reader was on its way out. To be honest, even though I technically followed some blogs on Google Reader, I never really used it – and the few times I did open it, I’d close it quickly because I was overwhelmed by ALL THE BLOGS and I just didn’t have a great grasp on how to make it work for me.
Recently, I’ve noticed that some of my favorite bloggers have been talking about Bloglovin’ – and I have asked myself, “What is Bloglovin’?” more times than I care to admit. I didn’t research it too much, though, because I don’t have a ton of subscribers to my blog (who would be impacted by the loss of Google Reader) and because I don’t use a reader myself.
But today? I signed up for Bloglovin’ and IT. IS. AWESOME. And I’m going to tell you all about it – because this is something for everyone who likes to read blogs, whether or not you have a blog of your own.
For those of you not in the know (like me, not so long ago), a blog reader, or RSS reader, allows you to subscribe to multiple blogs and read them all from the same place. So, if I had ever learned to use Google Reader, I would have subscribed to all my favorite blogs and then used my reader to see all the new posts as they were published.
You know how sometimes there’s something you need to do, but it seems like a lot of work and you’re not sure if it’s really *that* important anyway, so you just keep putting it off until one day you do it and say to yourself, “Wow, that was easy – I should have done that ages ago…”?
Well, that’s how I feel about finally getting all of my blogs organized in a reader.
After months of seeing Bloglovin’ mentioned, a couple of bloggers in one of my groups encouraged me to set up a Bloglovin’ account – and I did.
You know what? It took me ten minutes to set up my account, claim my blog, import my Google Reader blogs to Bloglovin’, and organize the few blogs I have subscribed to. It was super duper easy and I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to it.
If you’re new to this whole “Blogs All Organized in One Place” thing, here’s what you need to do:
- Go to Bloglovin’ and sign up. You just need an email address.
- If you previously used Google Reader, you can import all of your blogs to Bloglovin’ (it will prompt you to do this – no crazy technical skillz required)
- You’ll have a list of all your blogs – next to each blog is an easy way to unfollow or to assign them to a group. I LOVE THIS. I have all of my local bloggers in one group, my favorite parenting blogs in another, horse blogs in another group – you get the idea. It’s a super easy way for me to keep everyone organized.
- If you’re a blogger, you’ll want to claim your blog. Once you claim your blog (and if it’s not available to claim, you can add it manually and then claim it), you’ll have access to stats and of course this handy dandy button that all of your readers will want to click – go ahead, click it! 😉
Having all of my blogs in one place is so much easier than trying to remember what blogs I like and need to visit, or hoping I’ll see a favorite blogger’s status update or tweet when she shares a new post on Facebook or Twitter.
Clearly, I am excited about this. And, as usual, late to the party. But I’m sure I’m not the only one…and so, I wanted to share the awesome.
Leave me a link to your Bloglovin’ account and I’ll add you to my reader!
What is your favorite way to read blogs? How do you keep up with everything?