Bloglovin’ and that Strange Post

I signed up for bloglovin on Sunday. It’s a simple and uncluttered way to follow all the blogs that I love. WordPress has a reader, but it only works for WordPress blogs. Other platforms, like Blogger, BlogHer, TypePad, etc. show up in different places, via email or in an RSS reader.

In order to “claim my blog”, I had to send a short post with code, hence the strange post.

Here is the scoop from the bloglovin site:

Why did you build bloglovin’?

We started building websites in a garage in Täby, Sweden, and before we started bloglovin´, we were working on our second failed web project: a fashion-community. To get feedback on that idea, we got help from three fashion-bloggers — one of them was Carolina Engman. Somewhere between discussions and coffee breaks, she checked if any of her favorite blogs had updated. So she picked up a laptop and started typing in their web-addresses. A bunch of new windows flew up in her web-browser. Some blogs were updated and others weren’t. It. Was. Chaos.

Here was an opportunity for improvement. Wouldn’t it be sweet if you had one site that notified you every time one of your favorite bloggers had written something new?

We scrapped the fashion-community and started over from scratch. Two weeks later, we had our first, somewhat rusty, version of bloglovin´ up and running. One week later, over 1000 people had signed up.

Sure, there were other blog readers out there, but they were technical, boring, and cluttered with features. We wanted to build something for the rest of us. For everyone who doesn’t care about the technology behind it. For everyone who just wants things to work.

Check it out when you have the time. It was quick and easy to set up.  It’s also free! Happy reading.

21 thoughts on “Bloglovin’ and that Strange Post

    • I suspect it’s to verify that I’m really the blogger and not someone trying to hack in. Who knows. I’ve signed up for close to half of the blogs I follow. I’ll eventually follow all of them there. I like being able to save the unread posts till I have time to go back and read all of them. That’s not as easy in the WP reader.

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  1. I snooped around there one night too and created a follow board. But I haven’t had any time to follow thru and visit the sites. It’s kind of nice, because I only get one email from them. Thanks for clarifying it too. I didn’t know you had to do that.

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    • I really like the layout and the simplicity. Time will tell if it lives up to the promises, but it was so easy to gather my flock. It’s also easier to see (or save) posts from someone so you know what you’ve read, and what you want to come back to. I really like that feature as well, since my reading is sporadic at different times of the day.

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  2. I have an account with Bloglovin (ie where I can see all blogs I follow)…. I’ve also noticed that people have viewed my blog through Bloglovin even though I never attached ‘Silverbells steps out’ to it. Strange old world!

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  3. Interesting! I actually receive notification about posts from my favorite bloggers via my email address. I do use the WP Reader but found that it was too easy to miss certain posts.
    I like the idea of a notification system that doesn’t get caught up in my regular email though.

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