I made a recent new discovery when it comes to keeping up with all things blog-related: Bloglovin. I was alerted to it’s existence by Penny from Planet Penny, who found the Shinybees blog on Bloglovin. Naturally, I had to have a nosey, as I had previously not come across it.
I am not a big fan of blog readers. I have subscribed to some blogs on Google Reader but I never use it to actually read them, if that makes sense. It just seems too cumbersome: I don’t like it. I tend to either pick up blog posts from Facebook or by email subscription. So, I was a bit dubious when it came to Bloglovin too, once I figured out that it is another reader. That said, I decided to have a little play around with it to try and find the Shinybees blog, which I did. I’m not the most technically minded when it comes to these things. I can work them but my patience wears thin quickly for anything that isn’t straightforward and intuitive. Happily, Bloglovin does appear to be both of these, so as a result, I am now using it to follow all my favourite reads. Below is a picture of a screen dump from Bloglovin (not mine!) and I have summarised my thoughts on it below that.
Image Details: ‘New Improved Bloglovin’ by bloggkoll, via Flickr
What I like about it:
- Easy to navigate
- Clear and clutter free layout
- Easy to put all blogs in one place if you’re a bit patience-lacking for this kind of stuff.
Meh. Not so good:
- Not easy to find a blog via a search keyword, you need to put the whole blog address in.
So in summary – I’d give it a second look. I will be adding a widget to this blog to connect to Bloglovin, although if you decide to use it earlier, you can find Shinybees here.