Giving Some Blog Loving Using Feedly

Brandy

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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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I am a participant of

NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2014



Author:
Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

7 Comments

  1. peady
    November 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    SO MANY TABS!! :D

    Currently, I have FORTY open. I am outta control, I tells ya!

    Mind you, I will comment on the things that speak to me and share as much goodness as I can.

    This Feedly you speak of, is a thing that I need.

    Thank you for suggesting it!

    Great post!

    And look! Day 22 is DONE-Zo!

    • Brandy
      November 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      The tabs can get ridiculous! I’m trying to cut down on opening things. But there is so much good writing out there!

      • peady
        November 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        At least if I open them up, I will make an effort to go back and read. If I just think, “I’ll go back later”, it’ll never happen because there’s too much goodness. :D

  2. Journeys of The Zoo
    November 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I used to set aside a day to comment on blogs and another to do Pinterest and another for Twitter, you get my drift. The problem is that life happened and I got behind. So behind that I couldn’t catch up so I deleted them all and started again. Rinse and repeat.

    Now, I try and get a few reads in each day, a few Pins and a few Tweets. I’m a bit more of a generalist now but I feel like I’m engaging more and getting a better feel for what people are doing. And that at the end of the day, I’m getting something done.

    I also scroll through the comment luv from people that have left comments on my blog and stay in touch that way too. Thanks to you and Peady for always stopping by and showing your love.

    Besos Sarah

    • Brandy
      November 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      It can be so overwhelming to try to get everything done in a day that you want to. I’m trying to streamline my process.

  3. Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
    November 27, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    I know what you mean about finding it hard to find time to go and read. I try and read on the go but then it;s harder to comment via mobile than a proper keyboard! I use feedly too — it’s a great way to categorise blogs as well.

    • Brandy
      November 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      It is such a handy program! I love it. I just need to log in more frequently!

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