Organizing the Blogs You Follow
January 19, 2015
As I’ve dived into the world of book blogging, I have started following numerous blogs and visiting scads more to learn as much as I can about the blogging process, what people are reading, blog designs, review styles, and more. Since I have started a blog with a heavy emphasis on books, it makes sense that I love books – reading about them, hearing about new ones, getting people’s recommendations on books to read.
In recent weeks, I’ve come to the revelation that I know my own book reading preferences, and I need to start keeping that in mind as I view other blogs. When I initially started following a bunch of blogs, I would automatically add a book to my TBR list if multiple blogs raved about it, even if it wasn’t something that sounded totally up my alley. If a bunch of people love it, then I will too, right? I have learned that is definitely not the case. Although I can appreciate why many people love a certain book, it is not always my favorite style, and I may just not enjoy it as much. It’s good to break out of your box on occasion, but if you sense a book is really not for you, then pick a book you think that is. There are so many amazing books out there already, with so many new ones released weekly, that you don’t need to waste your time on something you don’t like!
With time, I am getting to know the styles of various blogs. Even though I am finding that I don’t necessarily have the same reading style as some of them, and I likely won’t be taking many of their book recommendations to heart, I do appreciate something about most of the blogs I’m following (weekly features, blog design, interaction style of the blogger, etc.). Here is my big tip of the day…..my strategy for following blogs in a more organized fashion:
For blogs that I love, love, love in terms of style, features, book recommendations, interaction style of the blogger, I subscribe by email in order to make sure that I don’t miss anything (I can always leave them in my inbox until I have time to catch up). For blogs that I am not clicking with the book recommendations, but I like something else about the blog, I am following them on Bloglovin (which is an awesome website where you can follow whatever blogs you want, and they send you a daily email with the blog post summaries from your tagged websites from the previous day). The beauty of the daily Bloglovin update is that you can see the post titles and the first couple lines of the post, and from there you can decide if you want to read the post further or not. Time is a precious commodity and with the number of blogs I’m following, I had to start paring it down to a certain extent. This seems to be working well for me at the moment. For blogs that I have a fleeting interest in, I follow them on Twitter (which is far less reliable in terms of keeping up on a blog regularly, especially as you follow more and more people on Twitter).
The world is full of wonderful blogs, and I highly encourage you to explore many of the available blogs out there. As you dive in deeper, however, you will need to find an organizational strategy that works for you. My strategy won’t work for everyone, but it matches my organizational style, and it helps me keep on top of things!
What strategy do you employ for following blogs? If you are just getting started in following various blogs, let me know and we can chat more about this!