As a blogger, one of the best ways to build community is to comment on other blogs. We all have our favorites, and I’m sure you are always discovering new ones, just like I am. There are also lots of ways to follow blogs and bloggers. You have a choice of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, adding a favorite to your browser, keeping a paper list – I’m sure there are tons of ways that I can’t even think of. Of every choice I have, my favorite way to follow is through Bloglovin’.
After all, Bloglovin’ allows me to peruse over 200 blogs every day.
I know what you’re thinking – who in the world has time for that? Trust me on this, I don’t read every single one of those every day. There’s absolutely no way that would be possible. At the same time, I don’t want to miss any posts from my favorites or any potential favorites. The key is organization, and Bloglovin’ helps me do that.
I think a lot of people have Bloglovin’ accounts and just don’t use them – and it’s my own numbers that tell me that. My blog has 869 followers on Bloglovin’, but I get only a fraction of that in pageviews per day… which tells me that people aren’t using it effectively. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a lot of information about how to organize your Bloglovin’ account, so that’s what I’m here for today – a quick look at how I utilize it.
So, this is the home screen when you’re logged into Bloglovin’ – pretty standard, right? I had all my blogs marked as read when I did this to not confuse anyone. All the unread posts appear in the main frame. But on the right-hand side you see my categories – and that’s my key to organization.
Categories are the only thing that allows me to keep it all straight. I’ve found that I have favorite blogs that I never want to miss posts from, fashion blogs I look at once in a while, food blogs where I find new recipes, mom bloggers I read sometimes but not always… you get the idea. Any blog that’s new to me that I’m not sure about yet gets put in the “new” category until I decide if I’ll keep up with it or not. The categories are automatically arranged alphabetically. Since I’m very visual and want my favorites to show up top, I name that category “all my faves” so it would be the first one.
So how to you organize blogs into categories? Easy. Hover over your photo in the top sidebar (if you haven’t uploaded one, you can do that in your profile). A drop down appears and you can click on “Edit blogs you follow.”
On this screen, if you’ve never sorted blogs before, it’ll look something like the screenshot below.
To sort the blog into a category, simply click change group. It’ll pop up with a list of groups you’ve already created or allow you to make a new one. Easy peasy. When you go back to your Bloglovin’ homepage, you’ll be able to click the category on the sidebar and only see posts in that category. It makes it SO much easier! I usually just go through from the top down. If I have no interest in a post, I just mark it as read so it no longer shows up in my feed, but if I want to read it, I click on the post and it opens in a new window, simultaneously marking the post at read.
Now, do I read every blog every day? Of course not, but this system definitely allows me to find what I’m interested in the fastest, without missing any of my favorites!
Do you use a Bloglovin’ system like mine?