Hello dear reader! I’m so excited that I’m finally getting around to writing this post! Today, I’m going to write a new first impression post on Bloglovin’! I discovered this site through the majority of my blogger friends on Twitter. So, even though a lot of people already know about it, I thought I’d write this for the few that don’t. Are you ready? Me too! Let’s get started.
What is Bloglovin’?
Bloglovin’ is a site/app that lets you organize your favorite blogs (yes, all blogs) so you can keep up to date on them all in one place. Bloglovin’ is available on desktop, iOS, and Android.
Is it free?
Yes! There is no cost anywhere!
As soon as you click on the website, you have two options: Continue with Facebook, or, you can put in your name, email, and password (which is what I’m choosing to do).
The next page allows you to search for some blogs to follow (or, if you don’t know any, you can search categories. But, come on, I’m sure you know of at least one that you can follow *hint hint*).
Right off the top of my head, I chose to look for Ruth’s blog called Ruth In Revolt (click on the link to visit her blog). When her blog came up, there was a list of other blogs that the site deemed similar to hers (Lauren Conrad was listed. How cool is that? I decided to follow hers as well). Next, I hit “Next.”
On the next page are the posts from the two blogs that I currently follow, as well as “Featured Posts” from blogs I don’t follow, and, “Blogs You Might Like.”
At the top are different categories (lifestyle, fashion, beauty, etc.). There are so many categories! Instead of checking those out right now, I decided to go to my own page.
There’s a “Collections” tab where it looks like you can collect your favorite posts. That’s pretty cool! There is also a “Following” tab that shows you who/what you’re following, and a “Followers” tab to show you who’s following you. Simple enough.
Alright! So, I went over to “Edit Profile,” where I changed my name and uploaded a profile picture. On the side, in a blue box it says, “Claim blog.” So, I click on it. This is what it says:
Claim your blog to get access to your Analytics Dashboard, where you can get insights such as how many visits and follows your blog profile is getting, and how effective/popular each blog post is doing.
Oh, I am so excited! Analytics!
As I entered the URL of my blog, it popped up! I clicked on the blog, and it gives me a code snippet.
Now, it tells you quite clearly what to do. Post it into a new blog post.* Instead, I added it into a previous post, just to see what happens (because I’m a rebel, that’s why).
It worked! Haha! The rebel wins again! So, it sends me to a page about my blog. “Name,” “Description,” “Category,” are all sections on this page. I chose, “Other” as the category, because let’s face it, my blog doesn’t fit into one box.
*There is another way to claim your blog. Once you sign up, you can search for your blog (just go to the main page->search your blog->click on “claim blog”->continue as usual).
Next, I clicked on, “Get the Bloglovin’ button.” It’s a widget. I love widgets! I chose the first one because it displays the number of followers I have (on Bloglovin’).
Whoops! Apparently, WordPress is currently not supported. Ah well, on to the next thing.
You can also decide what kind of emails you want to get. Everything this checked already, and this certainly won’t do. I just unchecked everything, then checked what emails I wanted.
Looks like you can follow tags too. That could be fun. I typed in, “nanowrimo,” since it’s that time of year again. Nothing showed up though. I’ll have to play around with that some more. I wonder if it’s only tags that show up on posts of the blogs that you follow? Hmm.*
*Oh, well that’s extensive. You have to click on “Tags,” then click on the tag that you’re following, and then you see the posts *eye roll*.
I also don’t know what the difference between, “My Feed,” and “Blog Feed,” is, since the same things show up on both pages.
I also wanted to let you know that one each post, there is a heart (to love the post, obviously), a + (to save the post to your collections), and an arrow (to share the post through email, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest). You can also add a comment on the post, on Bloglovin’.
The very last thing that I want to cover is “New Post” (it’s at the top next to your picture). I did a generic, “first post,” post to see what it was. It just posts on your profile, but not your blog profile. So, you can post stuff on your profile…not quite sure what the point of that is, but if you can find a use for it, go for it!
I would look up what it actually does, if I could find the FAQ section. The only place I could find that on, is the main page, once you’ve signed out. How inconvenient! Unless it’s hidden somewhere and I can’t find it, which happens a lot. If you find it, let me know!*
*OH WOW! I found it! Click on your picture! Herp derp!
Ok, so yes, you can blog on Bloglovin’.
I think that’s it! That was a lot, wasn’t it?
Pros And Cons:
There really are no pros and cons. I guess the only con would be if you only follow one or two blogs. Or, if you only follow WordPress blogs, because you have the WordPress reader, which has the list of posts from those blogs in a similar format. But I do like the fact that all of the posts from a singular blog are on one page, so you don’t have to go page by page. If you just want to scroll and see excepts of posts, you can do that with ease on Bloglovin’.
My First Impression:
There’s a lot to it, but once you get the hang to it, it’s a lot of fun (and slightly overwhelming) to scroll through all kinds of different blogs. You name it, this site’s got it!
So, there you have it! There is my first impression of Bloglovin’. If you’re interested in seeing what the layout looks like, click here (it links to my blog profile). You’ll see my face on a lot of posts because I don’t have images on them (which I really want to change, at some point in the future).
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it. If you do decide to sign up, please comment below!
Are you already on Bloglovin’? Tell me what you think of it! Do you use it often? Not at all? Have you seen any growth in your followers? I want to know your opinion of it!
Thanks again! Talk to you soon!