Do you follow a lot of blogs? I do. I have to say that blog reading often takes over time I previously would have devoted to magazines, newspapers or books.
I go to bed with my iPad, reading late at night without disturbing my husband with the turning on of any bedside lamp to read. It’s become a habit.
I don’t surf around a whole bunch of websites, instead heading immediately for an app that holds the “feeds” of all the blogs I follow. At last count there were about 200 in there. So that’s a whole lot of diverse reading, I can tell you.
This feeds thing I’m talking about is kind of complicated but basically when someone publishes new content on a blog or website, it creates a basic copy of that content that can be picked up by other website and phone/tablet applications. In those applications you can add the feed addresses of all the blogs and websites you follow and then simply check the app or website as often as you like to see if there’s something new to read.
The main way most people have done this is via Google Reader, which has been great but Google is shutting that down on July 1, 2013. This has meant I’ve been looking out for better ways I can follow my favourite blogs and also how I can better offer options for you to follow Styling You.
I was told early on in my blogging career by a wise woman that you shouldn’t dictate how your readers follow and read you … just offer many, simple ways for them to do so.
And that’s what I’ve tried to do.
I understand that for many of you it’s via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. For others it’s via my weekly email newsletter and there are a significant number who have followed via Google Reader.
So, as a little bit of an update … here are some tips on how to never miss a post on Styling You. Choose one that works for you and your lifestyle. I’ve even added in a daily email newsletter option for you that will send out an email whenever a post is published.
Follow on Bloglovin’. Bloglovin’ originally started as a network of fashiony type blogs but has grown to include every niche of blog going. You can import your existing Google Reader feed to a Bloglovin’ account with the click of a button. So many people I know love how easy it is to navigate and read their favourite blogs this way. You can also download the app for your phone or tablet to have your favourite reading list on hand at all times.
Add Styling You to Feedly. Sign up for your account here. Like BlogLovin’ you can import an existing Google Reader feed or you can just start adding the URLs for your favourite blogs and websites. You can organise and categorise what you want to read and access it via your phone or tablet as well. This is now the way I’ll read my favourite blogs every day. Love how the app looks on the iPad and phone.
This is BRAND SPANKING NEW at Styling You. I’ve just set it up that if you join this email list you’ll receive an email every morning that there is a new post on the blog. You will never miss another post as it will land in your inbox at 7am. I do this with some blogs I follow and I like that I’m kind of first in the know with what’s new on those sites. Subscribe to Styling You email updates whenever something NEW is on the blog.
Many of you may have already been receiving my weekly email newsletter. I’ve been sending this out every Thursday for some time now and it’s a weekly digest of what’s been on the blog with a little extra chat. Subscribe to the Styling You weekly email newsletter.
Of course, there are many who visit this blog every day via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. Nothing will change there. I’ll still be hanging out and chatting in all those spaces.
Over to you, and as it’s Friday, I’d love you to share how you follow this blog …
Plus, if you follow other blogs, include a link to one that you really would like to share with us. It doesn’t have to be fashion or beauty related … just something you think we might enjoy.
Photo credit: Sarah, A Beach Cottage