How to Connect with Your Favorite Blogs

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Connect With Your Favorite Blogs from Marty's Musings

You you see a picture on Pinterest that absolutely begs you to read more.

You visit the blog site and discover a kindred spirit, fabulous DIY projects and a sparkling personality you want to get to know.

(Of course, I hope that’s me!)

How do you do it? Get to know them in the blog world?

There are many ways to connect with your favorite bloggers. Look at my sidebar, for instance.

I have buttons that will connect you to my facebook page, pinterest, twitter, google+ and youtube accounts. You can also subscribe via email and have my latest post delivered to you in your inbox.

Seem overwhelming?

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Then there’s the Google Reader deal. If you use Google Reader for your favorite blogs you’ll want to read the following:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. 

We’re sad too. There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout. Google Takeout allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products.

If you follow a lot of blogs through Google Reader you’re going to need to come up with a solution. For me, I chose Bloglovin’. Here’s what they have to say:

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We created bloglovin´so you wouldn’t have to visit un-updated blogs, open ten windows in your browser, or forget your favorite blogs’ web-addresses. With bloglovin´, we wanted to make your blog-reading fun and easy. Sure, there were other blog readers out there, but they were technical, boring, and cluttered with features. We wanted to build something for the rest of us. For everyone who doesn’t care about the technology behind it. For everyone who just wants things to work.

Sounds sweet! How does it work? Just add all the blogs you want to follow, and then you’ll get notified every time one of your favorite blogs has written a new blog post. 

You can follow any blog, from anywhere on the internet, all in one spot.

I imported all my blogs to bloglovin’ and then cleaned them up by unfollowing the ones I no longer read on a regular basis. It was a good excuse for me to do some housecleaning.

On my sidebar you now also have the option of following Marty’s Musings with bloglovin’ (which I highly suggest) or via email (an option I use for my most favorite blogs).

As a blogger, I am honored when you follow me and allow me to share a small part of your life. I am grateful for your support!

 

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Comments

  1. Barbie says:

    I’ve also switched to BlogLovin and enjoy it so far. The iPhone app is pretty sweet!

  2. Debbie says:

    I never used Google Reader, but I followed a tutorial for switching to Bloglovin and now get the updates in email form. It really is very easy to use! I will have to condense all the blogs I follow via email…this will cut down on all the emails I get, which is quite overwhelming!
    Debbie 🙂

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Debbie! I’m glad to know you like bloglovin’. It really is terrific on the iphone (I’m a recent convert 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment and for reading Marty’s Musings!

  3. {Melinda} Thank you for this, Marty … I am really bummed about Google Reader because it means trying to figure out another technical aspect of this whole blogging thing — my least favorite part of the job! I’m also trying to find an alternative to Feedburner, as I have a feeling it will be going away soon, too. Any insights on that?

    • Marty Walden says:

      I like bloglovin and once it’s set up you’re good. I actually like it better than Google Reader (especially on my iphone). As far as feedburner here’s a post on alternatives:http://blog.crazyegg.com/2012/10/12/alternatives-to-feedburner/ I have heard good things about mailchimp but I haven’t used it yet. Do you have Google Analytics set up on your blog? I have no idea where you are in your blogging journey but when I was researching to figure out what I wanted to do for the next step I wrote this post with tons of links and info:http://www.martysmusings.net/2012/09/1401.html Hope it helps! I know how frustrating it is to continuously have to learn something new!
      Thanks, Melinda!
      Marty

  4. ALyssa says:

    I was using GOogle REader until I heard they were shutting down. NOw i am using Feedly. I love it! I am stopping by from the UBP.

  5. Hi! Visiting you via Pinterest. Following you on Bloglovin! 🙂

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

  6. John says:

    I’d recommend ModeFeed, you don’t have to install anything, it’s just a website and it works with Youtube channels too.

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