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?