Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Keeping Track of Our Blogs and How to Use Bloglovin'

First off, I need to do some housekeeping. Tomorrow (June 26), an interview with me will be going up over at Clancy Tucker's blog, so you should keep your eyes open for that. I will come back and post the exact link when it is published. EDIT: Here's the link! For now, here's a sneak peek at one of the questions:

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 sunny.smith@hotmail.ca, 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/
2. Then you click Join Bloglovin' and then sign up with email.  I didn't use the Facebook sign up.


3. You fill out the info (name, username, email, password) and then they will send you a validation email. Open it and follow the given link.


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

6 comments:

  1. I've recently stumbled upon your blog, and I must admit, it has been full of incredibly helpful information!
    Thank you so much for this! I had no idea what I was going to use should the Google Friend Connect become obsolete.

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    1. I'd so glad you found it helpful! I know that I'm hesitant to sign up for things that I don't understand the complete process for, so I figured why not share my experience with others out there that are like me.

      Welcome to SOI! It's great to hear that you've enjoyed my blog.

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  2. Damn a date makes the rumours about GFC more plausible :( Im not a fan of jumping around many accounts but it seems to be a straightforward process, will have to give blog lovin a go :)

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    1. I, like you, am not a big fan of multiple accounts either, but I'm quite satisfied with Bloglovin'. I try to just think of it as a couple extra clicks, instead of a whole new account:P

      Good luck with Bloglovin'!

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  3. I know I used to have a bloglovin' I need to see if I can pull it up. Right now I'm pretending goggle isn't going to leave me.

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    1. Tehe, I'm just waiting to see what happens over the next few days. It'd be a shame to lose touch with all the blogs that you're following. I wish you the best of luck!

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