Hello there, Bloggiesta guys and dolls! I'm here to talk to you about organizing your feed reader for easy blog hopping. I know this is a topic I see people talking about a lot, and it's always hard to get around and visit our favorite blogs when life heats up and there's reading to do. I hope these tips will help you stay up to date, efficient, and as guilt-free as possible in your own blog hopping.
I use Feedly for keeping track of my favorite blogs, but while others may use Bloglovin' or any number of other services, if you can create folders and organize the blogs you follow, these tips are something you can use.
If you follow tons of blogs like I do, the best thing you can do for yourself is break them down into chunks. Maybe you want just a few folders to help guide your blog visiting, or maybe you want to be in-depth. That's a personal decision. For me, four book blog-related folders do the trick:
- Daily - blogs I check, you guessed it, daily!
- Weekdays - blogs I peruse during lunch or down time during the week.
- Weekends - blogs I check on the weekends, usually Sunday mornings.
- New to My Reader - blogs I've recently discovered and think I want to follow for the long haul.
As you can see in the graphic above, I have LOTS of blogs (and blog posts) in the weekday and weekend folders. I find that I can easily skim through the list of weekday blogs during the week during lunch hours, Same with the weekend blogs. I have gotten behind this week, but I will inevitably skim them and "mark read" for the posts I can't get around to.
If you're more detail-oriented, perhaps it would behoove you to set up a more intricate set of folders. Something like this:
For the sake of example, I think it's safe to say we all have a shortlist of blogs we check on the daily. The rest of the week should be tailored to your schedule. If Wednesdays are traditionally busy for you, leave it out of the list! Are you a blog reading machine on weekend mornings? Then put a few extra blogs into that folder in your reader.
These are simple tips, for sure, but coming to terms with your reader is different for every blogger. Tackling it in pieces is probably a safe bet. And remember, we all "mark all as read" sometime!
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