If we were having coffee, we’d talk about blogging. After months, I’ve finally figured out how to use Bloglovin’, and I’ve found a blog reader I liked for non-Wordpress.com blogs.
Bloglovin’ is an aggregator. It organizes RSS feeds (mostly blogs) so that users can easily discover, read, and follow content creators (again, mostly blogs). After the untimely demise of my beloved Google Reader (rip), I’ve been lost as far as RSS feeds are concerned, and I learned to live without an RSS feed because I know how to build bridges and get over them. I know there are other readers like Feedly, Feedburner, and Digg. But they didn’t do what I wanted or needed. I no longer wanted a traditional reader for my favorite sites and news outlets. I just wanted a universal reader to read blogs outside of my WordPress blogging bubble. Something similar to my WP reader, but a reader that would include my favorite blogs from around the interwebs.
As a blogger and social media darling, having a way to follow non-Wordpress.com blogs was challenging. I wanted an RSS reader but not really. Getting notifications in my email inbox was not an option. Updates in my email was and is a non-negotiable; I won’t have it. The last thing I need is more emails I won’t open or read. I’m not subscribing to anybody’s blogs or newsletters via email. I just can’t.
So, when I learned about Bloglovin’ I thought it was a pretty cool idea. I like that there is a social aspect to it, and I can follow my favorite bloggers. Instead of me having to bookmark their sites; I have easy access to my favorite bloggers’ posts all in one place. Plus, the blogger knows I’m following his/her blog this way; you can’t get that via a normal RSS feed. I have no shame in saying, I want my credit. I want bloggers to know I like and follow their blogs.
I really like being able to peruse my favorite non-WP.com blogs in my Bloglovin’ feed. I’ve tried to figure out the social aspects of Bloglovn’, but I can’t. So I’ve stopped trying. I’m just going to use it as a blog reader because I kind of can’t figure it all out.
So, now I use my WordPress and Bloglovin’ readers to visit the blogs I follow. I wonder if other platforms like Blogger and Weebly have a reader for their users like WP. Do you know anything about that? I’m sure you’d tell me if we were having coffee.
If we were having coffee, I’d whine about having niche woes. I’m an educator who blogs about her adventures in teaching and learning. I blog about whatever I want concerning education, things I learn about, things that interest me, reading, travel, social media, television, science, history, technology, humor, experiences… Basically, if it has caused me to think, I will blog about it. The only rule I have is that I won’t rant about my profession or get overly political.
But sometimes I feel like I don’t fit in as a blogger. My posts about curriculum and instruction get consistent views but little to no engagement. That doesn’t bother me because little engagement seems to be typical of a lot of ed blogs unless the topic is political or derisive in nature. My chatty posts, posts about blogging, haiku, and posts about things I’ve learned get a lot of engagement but do not have longevity like my ed posts.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve thought about strictly posting about education. It seems like the more professional thing to do. Besides, I love those posts. They are responsible for most of my views. But…
I like the engagement. It’s my favorite part of blogging really. Nothing I blog about is inappropriate, and fits my vision for blogging. But sometimes I feel like maybe I should be more niche focused. Or maybe I should just not worry about that and do what I want.
If we were having coffee, how you you explain the vision for your blog? Do you even bother with a niche? How do you keep up with the blogs you follow? Do you hate email subscriptions like me?
If We Were Having Coffee is a weekly blog share and link up hosted by Part-Time Monster. Write your own coffee post and join in the fun! *After reading Part-Time Monster’s post, you will find the link up at the end.
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