Two hip bloggers that I follow (A Beautiful Mess and Leonie Dawson) have both recommended BlogLovin’ to their readers as an alternative to Google Reader (which is going away July 1). I personally have been using Feedly for a few months now and it’s still my first choice, but if you’re a blogger yourself, you may want to pay special attention to today’s post because it’s relevant and may be an important part of your mix. BlogLovin’ has been around for years and you’ll often see their catchy logo/illustration on the sidebar of many trendy blogs. Not that the logo is a deciding factor, but I’m sharing it now because you may be curious.
Pretty stylish, indeed.
There are two parts to this BlogLovin’ post:
- The first is for people who simply want to make the switch from Google Reader to BlogLovin’ for their own reading pleasure (and because Google Reader is going away July 1, 2013).
- The second part of this post will be for bloggers like myself to set our profiles up on BlogLovin’ and place a helpful BlogLovin’ button/graphic in our own sidebars to encourage/easily allow our readers to follow us there. Our readers can add us either way to their BlogLovin’ feeds, but it’s always nice to polish up our own profiles and include the widget for our readers.
So first, the simple process of creating a BlogLovin’ account:
- Visit bloglovin.com.
- Click to create an account. Although sign-up with facebook login is a few seconds faster, I always prefer to sign-up using my email address (the fewer third-parties I can grant Facebook access to, the better in my opinion).
- Check your email address for the confirmation if you created your account using your email address instead of Facebook.
- Click on “import from Google Reader” to import your feeds or skip this step if you don’t have a Google Reader account.
- Allow access to BlogLovin’ from Google in the prompt that follows.
- You’ll be taken to your BlogLovin’ home screen where your feeds are located on the left and content is pulled into the body, example below.
NOTE: Unless you want email notifications every day, you will want to edit your settings to modify your email preferences. This is found under account>settings from the top-right hand side of your BlogLovin page.
Now, if you’re a blogger and want to “claim” your blog on BlogLovin’, add a BlogLovin’ widget to your blog (like you see at the far right of this blog) and review your blog’s profile, here’s how:
- After logged into BlogLovin’, hover over your name on the top right and click on “view profile.”
- Then click on “edit profile”
- Fill in your profile info, being sure to include your blog(s) URL(s) next to “blogs by me.” Don’t overlook filling in the “about” section as well.
- After clicking on “add blog,” you’ll want to click on “claim blog” and type in the URL of your blog to locate it.
- Once your blog has been located, a screen will pop-up with a sliver of code for you to copy and paste onto your own blog. I chose to paste this code into a sidebar widget area of my WordPress blog (found under appearance>widgets from the WP dashboard), but you may paste it into one of your posts as well.
- Now click on “claim blog” after you’ve pasted this code onto your blog and you’ll be taken to your blog’s profile on BlogLovin’ (if all checks out with the code you pasted on your blog in step 5).
- Onto the handy BlogLovin’ button to add to your own blog…to grab the code for this button, click on “follow buttons” from the top-right navigation under your name or go direct here: http://www.bloglovin.com/en/widgets.
- Click on the widget you’d like to add to your blog by clicking “get this icon” and copying the code. Save and close your widget.
- Paste this code over the BlogLovin’ code from step 5 above as a sidebar widget. Or, not sure what to do with the code? They have tutorials for blogger, wordpress and tumblr here.
By now you should be all set as both a reader and with a profile and button for your own blog. Honestly, it’s quite a few steps and feels like more work than it should be. But, if you’ve made it this far…congratulations! It took a few steps, yes, but you’ve given yourself a new and stylish way to follow your favorite blogs and you’ve made it easier for your readers to follow your blog as well. Feedly sure feels easier by now, and it’s still my favorite but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this as well, especially because if you are a blogger, your readers may gravitate towards one or the other and you want to make it as easy as possible for them to keep you top-of-mind and on their screen(s).
PS – BlogLovin’ has an app (of course), so you may want to check that out as well! If you do create a BlogLovin’ account, I hope you’ll consider following this blog and my personal blog, lauracatherine.co. I’ve made it easy by placing the BlogLovin’ button on the sidebar of both blogs, links are also here and here.
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