Giving Some Blog Loving Using Feedly
I love programs that can make your life easier. Or just a wee bit easier.
As a blogger, obviously I love to write. However, another side to blogging is the act of reading other blogs. And boy do I ever read a lot. I try to comment as much as I can too as commenting seems to be a lost art. It is just my small way of showing some extra blog loving.
On Facebook I have a LIKE list a mile long. If a blog I like updates their status on Facebook and I actually see it in my feed, I will most likely click through to read their post. I will either read the post right away or save it for later. Right now due to my Internet woes I have about 18 windows/tabs open in my browser on my cell phone. On any given day I have between 10-15 (sometimes more) tabs open in my browser on my laptop. It is a sickness I tell you. But one great side effect of the blogging job.
I found out about Feedly about a year or more ago. It is a great program if you love to read blogs like me. (If you have a Google account (Gmail, etc.) you can use that to login into Feedly. There is also an Android app that you can install on your phone to read your favourite blogger’s posts on the go.) To find your favourite blogs all you need to do is search for the blog URL or title and then, add it to your list. Feedly works like a permanent bookmark. All of the blogs that you love to read are right there at your fingertips to read in an instant.
In my personal Feedly account I have approximately 30-40 blogs saved. I know… I have a problem. Some of them I do follow on Facebook (if they have a page). However, if I do not see their status updates in my feed, I know that I can go to my Feedly app on my cell phone (or login in my web browser) and check out the blog’s newest posts there.
I have a tip for Feedly users (and future users)… even though you are using the program to read posts from your favourite blogs, it does not mean that your visit counts on their website. Feedly pulls your favourite blogger’s content directly to the program. (Sometimes blogger use the read more function in their blogging program and thus you are only allowed a snippet of their post in Feedly.) You actually have to go to the blogger’s website if you want your visit to count (and we all know that unique visits help a blogger out). At the bottom of every Feedly post is a button that says “visit website.” Click it and stay on the blog for a wee bit of time. It would be greatly appreciated.
The biggest problem I am finding lately is that I keep forgetting to go and actually check Feedly. Currently, I have about 270 unread posts in the program. It is a bit overwhelming. Of course I won’t read all of these posts. That is just too crazy.
I think I need to set up a time where I just read and comment on blog posts. I am going to start doing that on the weekends as I find I do not blog or promote my blog as much during the time (except for this month while participating in #NaBloPoMo). It would be nice to sit with a cup of hot chocolate on a Sunday morning and catch up with my favourite bloggers.
Do you use a program that saves all of your favourite blogs?
How often do you visit?
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am just writing it for fun and because I love the program.
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