Fall Into Good Habits: Organize Feeds with Bloglovin’


So I mentioned that I was going to make Fall Into Good Habits a recurring theme on made-to-travel and I meant it! And the first good habit I wanted to share in my new year is near and dear…reading blogs!

I have to confess until very recently I would not give up my Google Reader. But opening my Google Reader always felt very overwhelming to me, I think this was because it’s naturally text based and I subscribe to nearly 300 blogs and feeds (I know, but I love them!). So seeing 300 subscriptions all together as loads of text always made me feel very behind.

I decided to take on a clean slate and switch over to reading my feeds on bloglovin’ a service I had known about but really never utilized. I imported my entire Google Reader into bloglovin’ and I haven’t turned back!

The Basics of bloglovin’

When you open up your bloglovin’ account your landing page is a feed of the blogs you follow according to most recent posts. I really love how visual it is with just a bit of text so you can preview the post more effectively and quicker.

You can see that I sort my subscriptions into groups. This is because sometimes I feel like reading about fashion, and sometimes I feel like just staring at pretty nails so having my subscriptions grouped lets me browse exactly what I’m in the mood for.


Browsing In Specific Groups

Click on the group you feel like browsing and it will be put in bold. Below I’ve clicked on my DIYS Crafts group. Again it is sorted by most recent post and after scrolling thru your group you can mark the whole group read, and that marks all the subscriptions in that group read.


Reading One Subscirption

One of the reasons I was really apprehensive to switch over to bloglovin’ is because I had my subscriptions in my Google Reader (again nearly 300 of them!) also grouped and I knew those categories would not migrate to bloglovin’ leaving my subscriptions disorganized.

But bloglovin’ makes it really really easy to start grouping them and it didn’t take much time to put them into new groups (nearly 300 of them!)Β  and I got to trim down my subscriptions and organize them into better groups with this clean slate. You can see this all below.

Also you can see how an unread post looks compared to a read post.


Opening a Post

What I also really like about bloglovin’ is getting out of my reader. I tended to just get stuck in my Google Reader and I never visit the actual site and I know how much work it takes to build that! So giving the sites I love traffic and seeing their intentions for their content mean quite a bit to me and bloglovin’ really encourages that.

You just click on the title of the post you want to visit and a new tab will open with that site. If you don’t have built in shortcuts in your browser to share via Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook you can utilize the bloglovin’ toolbar for easy sharing.

P.S. The bloglovin’ frame still counts as traffic to the site you’re visiting, I get tons of bloglovin referrals to made-to-travel in a bloglovin’ frame.


Some Personal Fave Features on bloglovin’

  • Easy, Easy Settings- I LOVE a clean settings situation. Changing and rearranging and unsubscribing is so so easy.
  • Like Posts to Save for Later-This is where I save all my links to share with you on I Heart the Internet. I like it so much better than my method on Google Reader. When I’m thru I simply unlike the post. I realize this might not be the intention of the “like” feature but it is the best way it works in my life.
  • Easy Scroll- At any time you can scroll to the top of your feeds. I LOVE THIS! If I feel like I missed something or just want to go to the top and mark all as read it is just one button!


So there you have it friends! I would love to hear your thoughts. And if you have any questions or hurdles on bloglovin’ I’d love to get your feedback and help if I can.

And well you can follow made-to-travel on bloglovin’ if you want to give it a try!

Follow on BloglovinP.S- There is also a great bloglovin’ app, available for iTunes and Google Play…it doesn’t utilize your groups but it keeps your subscriptions nice and organized alphabetically and is great on the go.

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  1. Rocquelle Porch January 24, 2013 / 9:27 am

    I love using Bloglovin’! It helps me ensure I don’t miss out on any of my favorite blogs, and the app is great on the go.
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  2. Arash Mazinani January 27, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I have to admit, I initially signed up to bloglovin when I first started blogging and I rarely go back. I don’t know why. I prefer having my blogs in google reeder then I can just port my reading list to whatever application I want. I used to view my feed on Flipboard but more recently have switched to Feedly as it’s been updated. I’d say 80% of my blog reading is done on my mobile so the app is perfect for that and it’s more like a magazine and then ‘texty’ like Google reader.

    You can also get a plugin for most web browsers that is awesome, it’s just like having your own personalised magazine. You can save for later too which is a great feature, especially if I’m in a rush and want to read a post in depth I just save it for later on my mobile and check it out on the built in app in my web browser.
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    • Jamillah January 27, 2013 / 3:15 pm

      you know that is a really great advantage to google reader, that you can take advantage of different apps and i tried so many. i was using flipboard for a while too but didn’t really love that. the app i really stuck with was g-whizz which is really texty and pretty similar experience to google reader but a really fluid well working app. i’ve heard of feedly but never tried it. can you browse by your folders as well?

      and i honestly was very much like you, i joined bloglovin when i first start blogging and really never returned. but because i felt so overwhelmed by my reader situation i thought i would just try it. i little by litte sorted my blogs and now i’m all set. i think i probably made google reader more complicated for myself. i would tag things and had lots of folders, i think with too many options i go a little hog wild.

    • Jamillah January 29, 2013 / 3:26 pm

      lady! i was just thinking about you. come up for lunch, we have a new cafeteria that is beautiful :D.

  3. Heather Fonseca February 1, 2013 / 1:06 am

    Before I got my iPad I followed all my favorite blogs on bloglovin. I agree with you. Google reader was really overwhelming and, like most of google’s products, overly complicated. Bloglovin, meanwhile, was easier to organize on my computer, and much more visual and user friendly. But the I got an I pad, and the bloglovin app just wasn’t great. So now I use the reeder app which works with google reader. Love it! I hope bloglovin. Improves its apps, because it was my reader of choice for a long time.
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  4. Jane @ The Borrowed Abode March 19, 2013 / 12:18 am

    Really glad you shared this – and also glad I remembered πŸ™‚ Switching now thanks to the demise of Google Reader. Only wish I’d moved earlier, I love it!

    • Jamillah March 19, 2013 / 11:57 am

      oh yay! glad you love it!

  5. Mer March 22, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Thanks, thanks, thanks!!! I just discovered bloglovin’ through your post, and I really like it!!! That’s exactly what I was looking for. πŸ™‚
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    • Jamillah March 23, 2013 / 10:10 am

      Oh yay! Glad you found it so helpful :). Enjoy bloglovin’!

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