Following my blog

by brae  

Google Reader is being disabled on July 1, 2013, so here is a new write-up on how you can follow my blog.  I've added buttons for Feedly and Bloglovin' explained in more detail below.

The best thing I suggest to people who ask how to follow my blog is to go to your Blogger dashboard and add my blog manually.  There's an add button on there.

You click ADD and then type in (or paste) my blog URL:  http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php in the pop up box.  (For my sewing blog, enter http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog3.php in the box.)

There's one problem with this method, though.  If you're already following 300 or more blogs, it will give you an error and you'll have to add my blog to another feed reader instead.

I've signed up for three services, each of which can be used from a web browser without having to install anything on the computer you're using.  These are Bloglovin', Feedly and Digg.  Each imports your Google Reader blogs in a similar manner, but each has its own display design and settings.  As with anything new, I still need to poke around each site to learn more about them.

Bloglovin' was the first one I signed up for, and I didn't like the display at first.  They have since modified it, and it's a nice layout.  You get one medium sized photo and a little bit of text - just like in the Blogger dashboard.  I like this a lot, because the Blogger dashboard layout is my preference, even over Google Reader, which I was never fond of.  I used Google Reader only for the blogs I couldn't add to the Blogger dashboard.  For all other blogs, I use the Blogger dashboard.  You can also change the display to show larger photos.

To add my blog, click the dropdown menu by the ♥ on the top right and select Manage blogs you follow.

Once on that page, click Add blog.

You'll type in (or paste) my blog URL:  http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php in the pop up box.

At first, Feedly didn't have a web version, but they have since added one.  It's much easier since I don't have to be at my home computer to check blog feeds.  There are four views to choose from in Feedly, and one of the views also gives you one medium sized photo and a little bit of text in the display.  I like this one a lot as well.

To add my blog, click +Add Content on the top left.

You'll type in (or paste) my blog URL:  http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php in the pop up box.  This saves a step over Bloglovin', so I might end up using Feedly in the long run.  I've noticed that it seems to update the fastest as well.  As I was working on this, my most recent otterine post was on Feedly but not the other two.

I'm not thrilled with the two choices of views with Digg, but I would imagine things could change as they get feedback from users.  There is list view and expanded view.  The list view shows no photos and considering working with miniatures is a visual hobby, I don't like that view at all.  It's also a problem for blogs in languages I don't understand.  With a photo, I can often get an idea what the post is about before opening it up with google translate.  In expanded view, it shows almost too much, so it takes longer to scroll through and find which post you want to read now versus those you will save for later.  The expanded view is similar to the Google Reader layout, which as I said wasn't my favorite.  It also seems to have less functionality than the other two I tried, so I won't be using this one going forward.  But, if you use it and want to add my blog, these photos will show you how.

Additionally, I do have an RSS feed box on the right sidebar that is provided by my blog platform program.  I think to sign up with the RSS feed, you need to click the word "posts" after the word "Atom" in that box, and you should see an option to add me to available feed readers.  Some have said this doesn't work for them, but I know next to nothing about RSS feeds to be of more help with that specifically.

If you don't use Bloglovin', Feedly, Digg or Blogger dashboard to follow blogs or can't get the RSS feed to work for you, then I'm afraid my help stops there.  There are other feed readers popping up on the internet, but these three are the ones I tried.  If things change in the future, I'll update this post.

8 comments

Brae, just so you will know, I just transferred all of the blogs that I follow over to bloglovin. It transferred all of the ones that I follow, including the ones like yours that aren’t blogger, with one click. Worked great.

06/30/13 @ 09:16
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I use bookmarks for now.

06/30/13 @ 14:49
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]

Good choice, Brae! Many bloggers have already adopted the Bloglovin. It seems that it works nicely.
Hugs.

06/30/13 @ 14:51
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]

I follow you via feedly and bloglovin… I prefer the feedly layout, but it glitches every once in a while, so I have bloglovin as backup :)

07/01/13 @ 06:10
Comment from: Diane [Visitor]

I follow you with blogloving and did have to add you manually. Worked great
Hugs
Diane

07/01/13 @ 08:49
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

Thanks for the assistance, Brae. I will get to it today. They have not changed anything yet.

07/01/13 @ 12:11
Comment from: Lesley Brown [Visitor]

Is there a way that I could get your blog direst to email inbox please? I follow many others in this way and it is much more convenient than all the other ways. Please could you consider adding this facility.
Thanks

08/18/13 @ 15:21
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you for the interest, but I don’t have plans to add an email function.

08/18/13 @ 17:36


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