Hello, hello there! And Happy Thursday. Is it just me, or did this last week just fly?
Every once in a while, I go through the blogs that I follow on Bloglovin’ and clean things up a bit. Between giveaways, following to remember an awesome piece of content or resource, and the blogs I follow just because the blogger seemed that cool in the moment, it’s easy to be following one too many blogs. At one point, I found my self marking-as-read almost every post in my feed. If that’s not counterproductive, I don’t know what is.
This little spring cleaning practice ensures that the blogs I follow are really ones that I enjoy reading. I can honestly say that I follow, share and engage with some AWESOME bloggers. And even though I don’t like to get my reader let out of hand, I’m always looking for new creative blogs to read and become inspired by.
It’s easy to visit the same 5 or so blogs every day, as many of us do, but there’s just something about finding a fun new blog and digging through its archives that reminds me of Christmas morning. So, if you’re looking to add a few new reads to your blog feed, here are some easy ways to find new blog friends!
Check out other blogger’s blogrolls.
Okay, say that five times fast…
A blogroll is simply a list of links that a blogger enjoys. Some bloggers throw these right on their sidebar, and others create a seperate ‘links’ page. Spend a little while browsing through the unfamiliar links and you’re sure to stumble upon a few that you like.
Click those advertisements!
If a blogger is willing to let someone rent out space on their sidebar, it’s (almost always) safe to say that they believe in that blogger’s content! So, if a blog has ads listed below posts or on their sidebar, check out some of those bloggers.
Comment, and see who else has commented!
The comments section of any blog is a pretty awesome place, because that’s where everyone is hanging out! If you enjoyed a post, imagine how much you’ll love getting to know other people who enjoy similar content. So, after you’re done reading, leave a quick comment. Most bloggers have their comments set up so that other bloggers are able to add clickable links to their own blogs. Just this week, I’ve found 3 great new blogs by scrolling through the comments of some of my faves.
Friend activity on BlogLovin’
One of BlogLovin’s newer features is called ‘friend activity,’ where you can see any post that blogger you follow have liked. Treat these as unsolicited, but much appreciated, recommendations!
When in doubt, Twitter.
If you’re blogging and you aren’t on Twitter, you are SO late to the party! Not only are bloggers there sharing their own posts, they’re also promoting other posts that they love! Twitter will also suggest profiles based on one’s that you follow, which has led me to find some really awesome blogs!
How do you find new blogs to read when you’re ready to refresh your reader?