and then she snapped: and then she...switched to bloglovin

and then she...switched to bloglovin


So I've been out of the blogging world for a few months. (AKA I've been a lazy lazy lazy blogger/blog reader). But it's come to my attention that Google Reader (the RSS reader that I use to keep track of all the blogs that I "follow") is shutting down this July. At first I panicked. What am I going to use instead?? Why would Google do this to ME?? There are quite a few other options but I was used to Google Reader and let's be honest, who likes change? (NOT ME!)

Anyway, I had a little time yesterday so I messed around (kinda like high school) with Bloglovin. Grace has been using it for a while (she's not afraid of change like I am, apparently), but I was hesitant because I thought it would be difficult. It was so the OPPOSITE of difficult.

Sign up with an email address (or Facebook). Under the settings icon you can create your profile name (Rachel), bloglovin username (http://bloglovin.com/andthenshesnapped), grab an avatar (from Facebook), and import the blogs you already follow from Google Reader. It was SUPER EASY and SUPER QUICK.

You can also "claim" your blog if you write one, so that it will show up under your profile. My blog was already on there (since it was already followed by people on Bloglovin), but it was on there twice (which annoyed me). And under my way old blogspot address rather than www.andthen-shesnapped.com (which also annoyed me). So, I emailed customer service and they combined the two and changed the blog address (and responded that they had down so within about thirty minutes!). THAT was AWESOME.

Now that I've got it I actually like it BETTER than Google Reader. It's way easier to MANAGE blogs that I follow. Google Reader had blogger blogs segregated from non-blogger blogs, which really makes no sense when I'm reading them. But in Bloglovin I just deleted the "blogger" group (which just deletes the group, NOT the blogs IN the group). It also makes it easier to un-follow blogs that I'm just not interested in anymore. Google Reader pretty much made that impossible for some reason. Anytime I'd try and unfollow a certain blog they'd be right back in my feed the next day!

The only con I've found so far is I don't love the Bloglovin app on my ipad mini. It's formatted for the phone so it doesn't look great on my ipad. Let me know if you've got a better alternative for reading blogs there. Or Bloglovin, if you're listening, can you make an app sized for the ipad? Pretty please?

So give it a try! If you like it please follow me there (you can click the picture of the bald lady below, or the "follow this blog on bloglovin" button over on the right). If you use something else, let me know in the comments!


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8 comments:

  1. ok. for the slow of mind (me) does this also mean that if people "follow" me with google friend connect that I have to get them to switch? or...if I add blogs to my blogspot dashboard and read them that way will they go away? i.e. if I don't follow you with bloglovin, the fact that I'm following you through google will eventually stop working? {feel free to ignore me - I'm sure I can find some place on line the explain this to my lazy self.} Also, glad you're popping up in my feed again :-)

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  2. It's horrible on my kindle.I had the same issue with Google reader not unfollowing blogs I wanted gone. It was so obnoxious.

    I just wish bloglovin was easier to sort by older/newest and to swipe. It also will randomly close out of the post and be gone so I have to go search on their blog to finish it.

    Hopefully we can all get used to it though.

    The only way I can fix the issue on my phone or kindle is to zoom in and out. I tried contacting them but my email bounced back saying it wasn't a valid email.

    Kayla
    Mamanemery.blogspot.com

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  3. Hmmm...I hate change, too! This is disturbing news I can't ignore. I will have to explore, more. My I'm rather rhymey today. It is National Poetry month, after all! Thanks for the update. Conundrum.

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  4. i read most blogs from my phone...for some reason commenting has been an issue every now and then, but other than that i really like it

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  5. I've been using feedly for about three weeks now, and I'm not liking it at all. It's easy to get to the unread posts, but soooo hard to manage and organise. I'm trying bloglovin right now and I already like it more.

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  6. Followed! Chenge does suck.. Welcome to bloglovin :D

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  7. OHMYGAWD I have seriously been putting as many of the blogs that I follow in my google reader into my google chrome BOOKMARKS for the last few HOURS.... I get half way through, and THEN I read your post. Good job me. :)

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