Goodbye Google Reader…Hello Bloglovin’

As most of you may know, on July 1, 2013, Google Reader will be closing up shop. Along with the disappearance of Google Reader, it looks like Google Friend Connect (GFC) will end up becoming defunct as well. Since Google’s announcement, there have been many other readers that have popped up. My personal favorite is Bloglovin. In my opinion, Bloglovin has a better interface than Google reader and it’s Google Reader and GFC in one! Here’s what it looks like:

You have your list of blogs that you read on the right side of the page and short previews of the blogs’ latest updates in the center

 You can sort the posts by date or by blog name and you can choose if you want big pictures or small pictures. Just like Google Reader, you have the option to mark all of the posts as read. As I mentioned, Bloglovin’ is like Google Reader and GFC in one. You can link up your blog and have others follow you. Bloglovin’ also gives you stats and a follower count (like GFC).

Now you’re probably wondering, well how do I get started? First, you have to sign up. Once you have an account, it’s easy to import your reading list from Google Reader.

Here’s how to import your reading list from Google Reader:

  • Go to the top of the page and hover over your profile picture.
  • Click Settings
  • Go to “Import Blogs”
  • Select “Google Reader”
  • Select “Import from Google Reader”
  • Another window will pop up asking for permission. Select “Accept”
  • Bloglovin will start to import your reading list

Now to link up your own blog:

    • Go to the top of the page and hover over your profile picture.
    • Click Settings
    • Go to “My Blog”
    •  Click on “Claim Blog”
    • Search for your blog
    • Select your blog from the list
    • You will be prompted to copy an html code and paste it into a new blog post
    • Once you’ve published your post with your code, click “Claim Blog”
    • Now your blog will be linked to your Bloglovin account
    • Go to “Bloglovin Buttons” and  chose a cool button for your page

    Now that you’ve seen what Bloglovin can do, I hope you hop over and join me!

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