8. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I’m working on a teen novel set in a fantasy world, about a girl, Gabrella, who works in a public library. Juggling the recent disappearance of her mobster father, and learning the ropes at the People’s Library is enough work, but then children start to go missing from the library. Gabrella and her boss start looking into the disappearances (with the help of a rookie city guard), which leads to a political scandal in a time of war. That’s the rough idea right now. Of course, it’s probably going to change, as it’s only in its first draft.
The other housekeeping matter: Check out my new blog A Splash of Photography! You can read the post about it here.
Now onto the real meat of this post:
As I'm sure you've heard, Google Friend Connect (the followers widget) may be leaving us. Now, I don't know anything too concrete about it, but I have heard that as of July 1st, we'll be losing the feed aspect of our blogger profiles. This is alarming.
My solution? I joined up with Bloglovin'. I got the idea from the Notebook Sister's post about GFC leaving. I don't like change, so I'm with you in not wanting to leave the traditional way of following a blog. However, I've been very satisfied with my Bloglovin' account. It literally took me five minutes to set it up and import all of the blogs that I'm currently following via GFC.
I was pleasantly surprised when Bloglovin' allowed me to make an account with a different email than my Google account and still import my feed. When I first created my blogger account, I used one of those silly addresses that you make when you're ten years old. I obviously do not want that showing up everywhere, so I created firstname.lastname@example.org, and have hidden my username email on my blogger profile. You were probably a lot more forward-thinking than I was, but if you did the same as I did, don't worry. You can use a different email to sign up for Bloglovin' than your Blogger account email. To find out how that works read the instructions below.
ANYWAYS, onto how Bloglovin' works.
First, you sign up:
1. Go to http://www.bloglovin.com/
Importing your blogs from from your Google Account:
1. It should automatically bring up this webpage where you will click import:
2. It will then bring up a page where you confirm your permission to let Bloglovin' import your blogs. Make sure that you are logged into the right Google account (you can see it in the top right corner), to get the right blogs. This step is why you can use different email addresses.
3. Then your blogs should all come in the reader like so:
If you don't automatically get asked to import your blogs, you can do so under settings (it's near the bottom of the settings page). Click on the blue heart to bring up a drop down menu where you can select settings.
Claim your blog(s):
1. Click on the blue heart and then click on "my blog". It should bring up this page where you click claim blog:
2. A little screen should pop up, where you will type in the name of your blog. Type in the address if it's having trouble finding it. Then click on the blog that's yours:
3. It will ask you to post some html script onto your blog somewhere to prove that you own it. I just added an html/java script widget to my sidebar and copied it into that. You could also copy it into a blog post. Then click Claim Blog:
It will come up looking like this:
You can get rid of this afterwards if you'd like.
There you have it! That's how easy it is to get set up on Bloglovin'. I haven't fully explored the site yet, but it seems to offer a lot of different, useful features. Fiddle around with the settings and see what works out best for you. Although, it is one more step to read the blogs you follow, it's fairly simple, and I'm warming up to it quite quickly. Let me know your experience with Bloglovin'. Do you use a different website for following blogs? What's your favourite feature of Bloglovin'? Let me know in the comments.
What I'm reading: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
What I'm listening to: OneRepublic
What I'm watching: Looper
P.S. Don't forget to check out my guest interview over at Clancy Tucker's blog