How do you keep up with the blogs you love? | Fun Questions

January 11, 2014 Fun Questions 36

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

How do you keep up with the blogs you love? 

This question came to mind one Sunday when I realized that my style of following blogs has really shifted since I first entered the blogging world. And it made me really curious to know how others follow blogs, so I thought I’d ask.

When I first entered the blogging world, it wasn’t as a blogger, but as a reader. I had joined a community on Shelfari and through it, I discovered a few blogs run by friends on there. So I started reading their blogs, but I never commented and I never put them on any lists. I just bookmarked their blog home page and clicked on it periodically.

About three months later, I became a blogger. My first week as a blogger I did the Feature and Follow meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and to do that, I decided I should start using Bloglovin. At that stage as a blogger, it was really great. I gained followers, started discovering new blogs, and – most importantly – learned about the blogging community. But after a few months of doing that, my feed on bloglovin was too full and I couldn’t keep straight the blogs I loved from the blogs I followed because of the blog hop. I tried making lists, but it was just so overwhelming.

That’s when I started using my blog roll as a sort of subscription list. I put the blogs I love there and would just make sure to go through and click them all as often as I could. That worked fine, until I got incredibly busy and wasn’t having time to check out all the blogs. Especially since I didn’t know if someone I liked had any new posts or not.

And that’s when I started doing what I do now – something I thought at the beginning I really didn’t want to do – subscribing by email. I didn’t want to do it, because I already get way too many emails every day. But when I initially had told myself I didn’t want to follow by email, it was because I was thinking about brand new (to me) blogs. I didn’t want to get inundated with emails for blogs I really didn’t connect with. But now I know who I love to follow and once I decide that it’s a blog I want to never miss, I become an email subscriber.

This way, I get their posts in my email – which comes to my cell phone. I can read their blogs and comment while I’m out and about. Suddenly I can actually keep up with the blogs I love – even if I don’t actually have time to comment on all of them. It’s working so much better and I’m glad I’ve finally switched to email subscriptions.

What works for you? How do you keep up with the blogs you love?

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36 Responses to “How do you keep up with the blogs you love? | Fun Questions”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Feedly is a service I’ve never even tried! But from these comments I’m realizing that it’s pretty popular and I might just need to check it out. It sounds like a good idea to have some that you get via email and the rest on a service of some sort to keep for overwhelming your inbox.

  1. Stacy (StacyHgg)

    Great post!
    I just did a post about this recently because I think a lot of people miss out on following their favorite blogs because they don’t want their inbox overwhelmed.
    I use Feedly and Blogloving
    I like how I can separate the blogs into folders.
    Kim had a great idea above putting a daily and weekly label on the folders. I think I will try that!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I agree, Kim had a great idea – I may need to do that too. My inbox can get VERY overwhelmed, and I’m only following my “daily” blogs. It’s so tough to keep up with everyone that I want to, probably because I just don’t have the time 🙁

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      hmmm interesting. I had never thought about sorting my blogs that way, but you’re right – there are blogs to just keep an eye on (a lot of my author blogs for example) and then others that I comment on regularly (or try to, at least). I need to give that some thought.

  2. Mariya

    I have a couple of ways I follow. BlogLovin’, my blogger one still works, And Feedly. For Feedly, I really started just following those I really would to visit their blog. I ended up doing the same for bloglovin’ I think blogger is full of my follows from FF.

    But you know it’s still hard. I think I should make a blog roll o my blog or something for that, b/c sometimes they still get lost in Feedly b/c I noticed sometimes Feedly doesn’t show there posts. annoying.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Feedly is something I’ve never used and am curious about. But I have a feeling that I would get behind with it too, since it sounds very similar to bloglovin. The blog roll really worked for me for a while, I hope it works for you!

  3. Michael Long

    I use the bloglovin daily email. Granted, there is a limit… and if I read it the same day I can click to read the rest…and if no, oh well. But I do my best to scan it every day.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You know I never really paid much attention to the bloglovin daily email, maybe I should take a look at it to keep an eye on some of the blogs I subscribed to but couldn’t keep up with.

  4. tonyalee

    I use bloglovin AND email. I subscribed to get an email everyday from Bloglovin and it usually sends me one post from all blogs that I follow. It’s still really hard to keep track and comment on all; but I do read them 🙂 (I am terrible at commenting 🙁 )

    I have thought to do email for some of my blogs but like you mentioned, I already have so many emails coming to my inbox that it would probably overwhelm me. I might give it a go though. I have never had success commenting while on my phone. Must be a user error 😉 lol

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      It’s probably not user error, but the phone you have. I recently upgraded (after like 2 or 3 years with the same phone) and it wasn’t until I got that phone that leaving comments from my phone really worked for me. Even with the commenting from my phone, the emails are getting a. bit overwhelming. I’m starting to think there’s no way to keep up with blogs I love unless I get a bit overwhelmed. I do find it easier to simply delete an email, though, if I’m behind and can’t get to a post, than to have to completely clear my bloglovin feed. That’s probably the main reason I prefer email.

  5. Lizzy

    I have 5 blogs that I follow by email. Another 5-10 that I know their URLs by heart and just check in spontaneously. Then, anyone who comments on my blog, I click through to their blog and see what they’re up to. I don’t really have much time to go further than that, though I do have quite a few blogs that I follow on Bloglovin. I just wish that I could sort my feed. I’d love to have it auto-ignore memes, LOL.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That would be nice – though I have to admit there’s a few memes I don’t mind too much – most are too much of the same thing for me, though. I think that’s when I abandoned Bloglovin – I’d have 500 posts and 100 of them would be almost the exact same thing. Made it kind of exhausting.

      I also go through those who comment on my blog, it’s how I’ve met a lot of great bloggers actually.

  6. Michelle Albanese Parsons
    Twitter:

    I am so bad a keeping up and since december I have slacked so much and didn’t mean too.
    I actaully follow the blogs I loved with Twitter I made an blogger list and it works great. I get the new posts and some other stuff but it’s easy to work through and eventually I am going to make a tab on my blog with all the blogs I love to follow. Sometimes I miss posts so I like to visit everyone each day regardless if they post or not.

    Now if I can just get out of my corner and be more social it would help out a lot.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yes lady – you need to let everyone the Michelle I know and love! It’s funny that you’re so shy because we can talk for hours when we get on the phone (speaking of – once I get settled, we need to have a chat, it’s been too long!!). I don’t know that I could keep up via twitter, I get overwhelmed on there!

  7. A Voracious Reader

    I follow mostly by email, but I make Sunday my main day to go visiting. Now that I have more RAM in my dinosaur desktop it doesn’t take me all day to visit all the blogs I like to see. I really don’t use bloglovin’ though I keep telling myself to look more into it.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I tend to go on visiting sprees a few days a week myself (the weekend being the obvious best time for me). I’ve gotten so I visit so many on my cell phone, which somehow is faster (weird)! I think bloglovin in a great tool if you don’t mess it up like I did. I might need to delete all my subscriptions and just start over.

  8. kimbacaffeinate

    I created folders on bloglovin such as daily peeps, weekly peeps, etc. This allows me to go through the folders and manage them the way I like. I try to make rounds daily once in the am and once in the evening. Some days are crazy and I only get to those who stopped by my blog. I use the bloglovin’ app and also follow a lot of blogs on facebook, and visit from there. So not a fan of Network Blogs, you can only follow two hundred, but it would make a great place to house your favorites.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Compromising Willa by Diana QuincyMy Profile

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I think I signed up for network blogs spent the time to get the hang of it – guess I’m glad I didn’t waste the time. I should probably try organizing bloglovin that way – I had started to, but got overwhelmed and abandoned the project. You’re like the master organizer though, so it’s probably the best way!

  9. Angie

    I really love to follow blogs! I use bloglovin and I use the RSS in Blogger. A lot of people think that you can only follow GFC blogs through that reader but you can follow all blogs. You just add their link. I really don’t like getting a lot of emails that aren’t personal. I avoid those like the plague so I never subscribe that way. I do have the options for my followers in case they prefer that way. The blogs in my blogroll are just blogs I love and I just want others to see them.. I don’t use it to keep up with them. Great question!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Angie. I did not know that GFC was for all blogs, so that’s something for me to look into a bit closer! I get so many emails, which can be daunting, but so far it’s working. We’ll see. It would be nice to find another way to follow blogs that works for me and doesn’t overwhelm my inbox, though!

  10. Bea
    Twitter:

    There are a few blogs I follow by email but mostly I use Bloglovin and my blog roll. The nice thing about Bloglovin is their folder function so I can break them down by category and importance. For me, Bloglovin works the best. It’s how I follow you. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I probably would have gotten a lot more out of bloglovin if I had fully figured out how to organize into folders. I might need to relook at that. Thanks so much for following me (I can’t tell you how excited I get when someone leaves a comment or tells me they actually follow my blog)

  11. Braine Talk Supe

    I break down my “blog roll” into categories. Generally I follow everyone on GFC &/or Linky. I know how hard and sometimes expensive (giveaway) it is to gain followers so I try to make it easy for blogs & chanced upon by doing that on my first visit without them having to bribe me with a giveaway.

    Blogs whose content I enjoy I follow via Network Blogs and blogs ran by my blogger friends and frequent visitors I follow via email that way we can have a good stream of commenting and visits.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I like that you have different ways of following depending on how closely you want to keep track of the blog. That’s pretty smart – as it stands now I’m either following or I’m not, but that’s definitely something to think about! Levels of following, so that blogs I newly encounter don’t get lost just because I’m not committed enough to them to setup an email subscription. Love it!

  12. Julie S.
    Twitter:

    The really important blogs I subscribe by email so I don’t miss anything. I subscribe to every blog I like via things like bloglovin, GFC, and follow them on twitter – but it is easy to miss posts that way unless you’re constantly checking. Though having my email full when I first wake up isn’t fun either, but I can quickly scroll through subjects and clear out a bunch that I won’t be reading right away. I like to read posts in my email because I can do it anywhere on my phone and then I can star the message to open on a computer if I want to go to the page and comment.
    Julie S. recently posted…Soul of Flame by Rebecca Ethington Book BlastMy Profile

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That’s what I like about the email – I can catch up on my reading whenever I have a couple down minutes, instead of having to wait until I’m at home on my computer. I’m still a bit behind, but keeping up much better than I used to.

  13. Angie F.

    I just subscribed by RSS and Twitter when I really want to keep up with a blog. I have different folders in Feedly, so I can quickly check my favorites, or challenge hosts first, and then everyone else, if I’m running low on time.

    I don’t think I’ll ever subscribe by e-mail. While there is a certain joy that comes with seeing a new e-mail, I don’t want to be notified all throughout the day that I have new mail (I have my e-mail connected to my iPhone).
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You know Feedly is something that I’ve never used and I don’t even think I know how to use. It’s probably something worth looking into – it might be a lot easier than my current method. I do have my email connected to my phone, but I don’t have alerts on, so it doesn’t actually bother me – but I could see that being a serious pain!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I know – can you believe we ever tried to keep track with just bookmarks!?! LOL

      I’ve started to pull away from hops too – but too late for bloglovin. My subscription is such a mess a this point. One of those things I wish I’d known when I first started blogging that I just have to shake my head and so oh well to now.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Me too Reanna – these last few months I haven’t kept up with ANY blog the way I want to (even my own LOL). That’s why I’ve gradually switched over to email. I’m still getting myself subscribed to every blog I love, but email is working so much better. I don’t comment on everything, but I at least see every post now.

  14. Jenna
    Twitter:

    I use Bloglovin. It works for me, although there are times I just have to just mark everything as read and move forward from there.

    I tend to ignore my email when it gets overwhelming (and I don’t have a cell phone so by the time I get home every day it would be overwhelming) so subscribing by email wouldn’t really work for me. I’d still end up just deleting everything.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That makes sense – without my smart phone it would be impossible for the email plan to work. For me I got so that I was following so many blogs on bloglovin that all I could do was mark everything as read because I was logging on and having easily over 500 posts to read.

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