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Most people who visit this blog will probably follow blogs in some way. Having seen some discussions about following blogs on social media or how e-mail never goes away, this makes me wonder how people actually do follow blog. When I thought about this for myself I realized I wasn’t consistent at all, some blogs I follow on social media, most on bloglovin, but there are also blogs I don’t follow and still regulary visit and some I follow by e-mail, but that doens’t mean I visit them more regulary.
How do I Follow Blogs?
- E-mail. When I just started blogging or maybe a little before that when I came into contact with the book blogging community I followed all blogs by e-mail. Some of those have eventually stopped, others I moved to another way of following and only a few I still follow by e-mail. Some book blogs and some author blogs, mostly because I haven’t switched them to another way of following or I just haven’t taken the time to unsubcribe yet. I think I’ll do it later or I don’t really mind seeing the e-mails, but I probably don’t read them either. I might open the e-mails and scroll through them and then delete. I follow one food blog by e-mail whom’s e-mails I always check and usually read and sometimes visit their blog as well to pin the recipe. But most of the blogs I follow by e-mail aren’t my favourite blogs weirdly enough and I aren’t more likely to actually visit and comment. They are mostly blogs I follow there because I used to, because it’s one of the few ways to follow them or sometimes because I am really interested in following them. I am subscribed to quite some author newsletters, but as those aren’t send out too frequently my mail isn’t too full.
- Bloglovin. Most of blogs I really like I follow with bloglovin. Bloglovin is my main method of following blogs. I really need to clean out my bloglovin list of blogs I follow though as I am sure there are quite some inactive blogs I follow or blogs who’s posts I hardly read. Usually if I come across a blog who’s content I like I follow them on bloglovin and maybe later I follow them on social emdia as well. Some blogs I follow immediately on social media as well, but most blogs I follow on some, but not all platforms, although I try to follow my favourite blogs everywhere I can so I know for sure I don’t miss any of their posts. So bloglovin has everythgin from the blogs I stop by sometimes to my favourites, but my favourite blogs I usually follow on different ways too.
- Facebook. While bloglovin is my preferred way of following blogs, I also follow a lot of blogs on facebook. I often check facebook multiple times a day and if a post there catches my interest I will probably click on it and comment if I want to. So blogs I follow on facebook have the highest chance I comment on them if they catch my interest and I see them ofcourse. On the other hand with the way facebook works I might not see all the blogs I follow, which is also the reason why I try to take time and click on links there of blogs I like following so I’ll see more of them. If I am busy I might not stop by bloglovin, but I always stop by facebook, so those days the only posts I comment on are those who catch my eye on facebook.
- Twitter. I follow a lot of blogs and authors and bloggers on twitter, but I am not a lot on twitter, so it’s less likely a post catches my attention there, but it does happen now and then. I still like to scroll though my feed, but I am less likely to visit blogs from there for some reason. However it is one of my main ways of following. Some blogs have a plugin that tweets old posts and I have ended up commenting on some old posts thansk to twitter a few times.
- Pinterest. Pinterest is mostly for following food blogs, most of those have a board for recipes they feature on their blog so when I find a food blog I like I often will follow it on pinterest as pinterest is my main way to search for new recipes, so I guess it makes sense to follow food blogs there. I only follow a few book blogs there and then mostly for their not blog/ book related boards. Pinterest isn’t my favourite way for following book blogs as I think it isn’t the best medium for that, although I do make sure to pin all my posts on pinterest I don’t think many people use pinterest to follow posts from book blogs. I mostly use pinterest myself to find new recipes, so those are the kind of boards I am most likely to follow there.
- I don’t follow them. Weirdly enough there are some blogs I regulary visit as they frequently comment on my blog, but because I always comment back I hardly think to follow them. Most of those blogs I will eventually follow them, but as I already visit there regulary I might not think to actually follow them until later.
What kind of blogs do I follow?
I mostly follow book blogs, seeing as I have a book blog myself as well, books are one of my main hobbies and I love talking about books and visiting other blogs who also talk about books. So I think about 80-90% of all blogs I follow are book blogs or at least primarily book blogs. Beside that I follow a few foodie blogs, mostly food blogs who’s recipes I like or I have tried a few of their recipes and they were good. Or food blogs who’s style I like, mostly a combination of that. Then I follow one travel blog, I once stumbled upon it and follow it, although I don’t regulary read her posts, it’s fun to see a completely different type of blogs than what I normally visit. I follow a few author blogs, one game designer blog and maybe a few more random blogs.