You may have heard recently that Google decided to get rid of Google Reader. A lot of people were pretty upset about it because it was an easy way to keep up on your favorite blogs but I never really used it. I didn’t like the way it was laid out and it didn’t make it very easy to leave comments and things like that. (And you all know that I love being able to chat with you guys when I read your blogs.)
Well, I was reading a post where someone was talking about how upset they were and they mentioned they were trying out this site called BlogLovin’. I’ve always wanted an easy way to keep up on blog posts so I took a look and I finally found what I’ve been looking for!
So, BlogLovin’ is basically an RSS reader. You go in and you follow your favorite blogs. When you go to your main page you see a stream of all of the recent blog posts from the blogs you follow.
I’m going to share some sceenshots of why I love this so much more than I ever liked Google Reader.
The first is this add-on you can get for your browsers that lets you know if and how many blog posts are waiting to be read. I love it because if I’m just browsing the internet, the little number pops up saying there is a new post and I can hop over and check it. If I’m busy, it just sits there so I can click over when I’m ready. All I have to do is click this little guy to the right of my address bar:
When I click it I don’t see the full blog posts, instead I just see the except so I can pick which I care to read. Here is what mine looks like right now.
It’s very clean and simple. I click on one to go to the blog post. There is a little bar on the top so you can press “next” to go to the next blog post from there. You can “like” pages which saves them to a list so it’s a good way to keep track of posts you really enjoyed and want to get back to.
My favorite part is that I can go there and it’s a nice hub with all of my favorite blogs but since I’m actually clicking over to the page i can leave a comment.
Here is what it looks like when I click on one of the blog posts:
I’m such a huge fan of this. I’ve been following all of my favorite blogs and I see myself using this a lot more. It’s sooo much easier than bookmarking blogs and going to them one by one.
The best part? It’s 100% free. You don’t pay anything. You just sign up and start adding blogs. The only issue I’ve found is that for some reason it doesn’t update with new posts from Tiffany Dow’s blog. Every other blog has worked just fine. I’m not really sure what’s going on with that.
If you own your own blog you can also claim it on there and change your BlogLovin’ blog description and thumbnail as well as see how many people are following your blog on there.
Go check it out and come back and let me know what you think. Oh, and don’t forget to…