3 Ways to Save Time & Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs

Looking for an easier way to keep up with the blogs you enjoy?

Subscribing by email can work but often my favorite blogs get lost amidst the phalanx of spam, marketing emails, and craziness that is my inbox…

(Side note: Yes, I am comparing it to an army ready to attack, today that’s quite the feeling I get from my mail.  ;)  You probably know that feeling, too.)

So here are three simple options to consider:

1.  RSS Reader

If you’ve got a Kindle or Nook, set it up with the gReader app (or a similar app) and you’ll be able to easily open it and see what’s new on your favorite blogs.

My must-reads are all in my Google Reader so I can catch up with them whenever I’ve got a few minutes.

Here’s a great video that explains RSS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

2.  NetworkedBlogs

Many of the blogs I enjoy I add to my NetworkedBlogs list so when I’m wasting a few minutes networking and connecting on Facebook I can click over to my NetworkedBlogs app and scroll through them quickly.

You can find yours at http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/ if you’re using the app.  If not, give it a try, it’s a convenient way to scan through blogs and see what catches your eye.

3.  BlogLovin’

Another option is the BlogLovin’ service that gives you a way to follow your favorites.  Handy if you like to read on your iPhone or Android device.

 

Your Turn!  How do you follow your favorite blogs? Do you use any of these services, or others?  Bloggers, what options are you giving readers for following your blog?

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32 Comments

  1. Hi Michelle,

    Thank you so much. Once again you are amazing.
    I do have certain blogs I love to keep up with and
    these apps will make that super easy.
    Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. recently posted… An expert, and no book?My Profile

    1. Yep, it’s easier when they’re all in one place with one of these. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Flora. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… Why You MUST Have Information FiltersMy Profile

  2. Thank you so much for the tip! I shared it on my blog too ;) I am going to love this tool. The fact that I can use it on my “dumb”phone and get a daily email of all the blogs I am following — I am so excited! I am using this for my tribe that I am trying to keep up with! Woot! You rock, my friend!! <3
    Kimberly ~ Gypsy recently posted… Keeping up with your Tribe? Me Neither! This May Help You Out!My Profile

    1. Awesome, thanks for passing it along, Kimberly!
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… What Are You Tolerating?My Profile

  3. Interesting indeed!

    I’m all in for RSS and have so-so many in my RSS that it gets tough to keep up with them and I often have to visit a few of them over the weekend. It’s a reminder for me to check out the list and see the ones I want to follow and keep in my feeder.

    Thanks for sharing. :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted… How to Find Happiness in a MarriageMy Profile

  4. Right now, I’m using BlogTrottr to follow all of my favorite blogs. It sends me an email of the posts so that I save into a folder within the week so I can read through them during the weekend.
    Adeline Yuboco recently posted… [Infographic] Going on Vacation the Social Media WayMy Profile

  5. I’ve got to get back at this. I tend to overwhelm myself because there are so many blogs I love to read (even re-read). I have never heard of the third item, definitely going to take a look at it. Thanks!

  6. Michelle, I was not aware of BlogLovin’. I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the great information.
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  7. Good tips, Michelle. Unfortunately, I don’t have the i-techie tools so the extra apps aren’t in the mix for me. I make liberal use of my email filters though to automatically move e-newsy and such to a Archive file that I review and empty.
    Kathy Henderson-Sturtz recently posted… Overwhelmed? Add this to your To-Do listMy Profile

  8. I wish i had more time in the day to keep up with blog posts…but it seems that 24 hours is not enough to do what I HAVE to do, let alone what I WANT to do. :( Google Reader is a great thing, though. That’s what I use most of the time…because I have become too lazy to check e-mail. lol
    Angie Hottentots-Laurel recently posted… Live Life Like a Little Kid DoesMy Profile

  9. Google Reader is still my fav, no idea how I would keep up without it! I know exactly where you’re coming from with subscribing my email – so many get lost in the deluge of spam.
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  10. Blog-Lovin? Thanks for sharing that tool, Michelle. I use the RSS Reader mostly for bigger blogs in my industry, but have also added some smaller ones that I don’t want to miss out on. However, I’d not heard of Blog-Lovin so I’ll be checking that out. Always great info. Thanks.
    Yvonne A Jones recently posted… How to Improve Your Social Media Strategy When You Target Local AreaMy Profile

  11. I have a group and we use blogtrotter, sounds sililar to BlogLovin. Another way is when I get comments from others using the CommentLuv plugin, course if they are commenting, there is less lovin going on :)
    Mark A. Michael recently posted… Addiction & Recovery | Guest Post by Sara H.My Profile

  12. Thanks Michelle….I clicked on the networked blog link and discovered I had already joined…..Glad to know that was a good decision. Now I’ll have to learn how to use it. :)
    Celeste Smucker recently posted… How You Make it Difficult to Leave Comments on Your PostsMy Profile

  13. Great ideas! I have a Twitter list of Blogs to follow. I also keep a Word document on my desktop called “People to Stalk.” Sometimes people get their undies in a wad over the title, so I invite those people to get over it – it’s my computer. ;-)

    Call it whatever you want, but a document with not just blogs to follow, but radio shows, magazines, affiliates, and joint venture info is extremely handy. I use it almost every single day.
    Amethyst Mahoney recently posted… Afraid of Not Being Ladylike in Your Business?My Profile

  14. I love Reeder (have it on my computers and my iOS devices). I like it much better than Google reader, which got so slow, and ad-choked that it was driving me crazy.

    Thanks, Michelle, for bringing the clarity, as usual!

    Love!
    Sue
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  15. Michelle,
    #3 – BlogLovin is the only tool that I’m not using presently. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
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