October 3, 2011

how do I follow thee?

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls off a string." ~Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Today, someone asked me to explain the different ways to follow blogs. To be honest, it's more than a little confusing when faced with a plethora of choices. I know I've wondered exactly what words such as Bloglovin', RSS, Atom, and Feedburner mean. Maybe you have, too.

RSS Screenshot

RSS Button: The RSS button gives you choices on how to receive blog updates. You can choose to have the updates added to your Google Reader, Yahoo, or AOL. You also have an option for receiving updates via email.

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Blogger Subscribe Button: You'll find these buttons on blogs to subscribe via email. New blog posts are delivered to your email box. This subscription uses Feedburner.

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Google Friend Connect: Follow a blog via Google Friend Connect through your Google, Yahoo, or AOL account. You allow the blog author and other readers to see that you are a follower. You also have the option of interacting with other GFC followers! Blog updates appear in your Google, Yahoo, or AOL dashboard.

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Bloglovin': I'm really loving Bloglovin'. It's free to sign up. Their site categorizes bloggers and allows you to follow and track your blogs through either a daily or weekly email update. You can also catch up on blogs by signing into Bloglovin'.

Blogroll: (Mine is off to your right, labeled "daily reads") This is a little different but it seems to work for me. Are you a blogger? You can add the blogroll widget to your sidebar and have it set to rotate the most recent updates to the top of the list.

Each option is extremely easy and straightforward.
And I'm sure that I'm leaving one out. Main thing - there are tons of ways to connect.

What's your preferred way of following blogs and websites?


  1. I usually follow through Google Friend Connect. It seems like most people follow me that way, too.

  2. Thank you Lori for posting this ;) Crystal clear now. ;)

  3. I just switched to the new blogger design and interface, and can not for the life of me see where we can follow each other ! It is all changed, The little follow me buttons on the side bars are now gone. Any one know how this new look will be easy for followers? I love the new LOOK just do not know how people will follow?

  4. Great post Lori!
    I usually use Google Friend Connect, but I end up using my blogroll far more than my reader.


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