Google Reader is Closing: A Comprehensive How-to for Loving Bloglovin'

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Okay, as promised, I'm going to tell you all about Bloglovin.'

1. Google is doing away with Google Friend Connect as well as Google Reader with which you have enjoyed reading blogs up until this point.

2. If you do not transfer the blogs you follow before this transition happens, you will lose them and have to rely on your own powers of memory to recover them, which, if you're me, is not a pony on which you want to bet.

3. If you follow these simple instructions and transfer that followship now, nothing will be lost and you will have gained a newer, simpler, more dynamic way to read and organize your favorite blogs.

Let's get started. First of all, sign into both your new Bloglovin' account as well as your Gmail account with which you do your blogging. I'll wait. Okay. Your Bloglovin' homepage should look something like this:

Before we go any further, I would like to talk to you about the anatomy of a Bloglovin' post:

Got it? Of course you do, you smart cookies, you. Moving on:

When you click on "Settings," you'll be taken to a page that looks like this:

Listen to my command - scroll down for The Goods:

Did you see that, kittens? This is the button that will allow you to make the grand followship transfer. Click it.

Do you see that? That's a blog post! All of the blogs you follow with Google Friend Connect are now here! Let's move on, shall we?

These are all of the blogs you follow. Yes, I follow a lot. But I can't expect bloggers to follow me if I'm not willing to follow them. Because follow-backsies are a big deal in blogland.

But the OCD in you is screeching right now, I know. How to keep track? This is always what bothered you about Google Reader! Fear not, minions - Bloglovin' allows you to create categories and sort your blogs into them! Watch and learn!

To add blogs to categories, simply go back to the blogs you follow and repeat this step. Create all of the categories you want that make sense to you. And then you can thank the good people of Bloglovin' for finally making blog reading easy and intuitive.

I'm going to talk to you about a few more features. Click on "Top Blogs" on the left sidebar.

It will take you to a page that looks like this:

bloglovin

These are all of the top blogs on Bloglovin,' which means they have the most followers. Don't be daunted by the fact that 90% of them are fashion blogs. We can all make this list. I can't stress this enough - if you write quality, engaging content, people will come. It may take them a while because they may have to stop to pee/buy a churro from a truck stop, but they'll get there. Why? Because churros are awesome.

And so are you.

Next, click on the drop-down from your name and select "View Profile":

You heard me - click away, kittens, to be taken to your blog's specific Bloglovin' page. This is different than your profile. Why? Bloglovin' is awesome in that it allows you to post more than one of your blogs (if you have mutliples) to the same Bloglovin' account. For example, on my Bloglovin' account, I have Nested, but I also have my pitiful little food blog. Awesome, right? Yessssss.

Okay, so when you've clicked on your blog, you'll see this:

If you click on "Similar Blogs," you'll be directed here:

This is a neat networking feature. To follow a blog, just click "Follow." And yes, it really is as easy as that. To search for a blog to follow on Bloglovin' simply use the search bar that I showed you on the homepage.

One final thing - you'll be needing a button with a link to your Bloglovin' account for easy access to your readers. According to AshleyRose, people who include a link to their Bloglovin' account at the end of every post have a higher rate of followship. It may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it works. And here's how you get one:

Yes - it IS this easy. And wonderful, no?

I hope this was helpful to you!

If I get to 75 Bloglovin' followers, I'll start the next round of the Giveaway. 

Follow on Bloglovin

So get on Bloglovin' and play around! And then follow me! And then follow all of your friends! And enjoy an ease of reading that you've never know before!

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Katie Pilkington
Writer of Nested and Bourbon - Neat - and Baking on the Rocks.

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