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#MicroblogMondays 40 – How do you keep up?

With somewhere around a bazillion blogs (give or take!) filling the blogosphere with words and pictures, information and instruction, observations and resources, keeping up with the many (many, many!) bloggers you’re interested in following can get incredibly overwhelming.

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So how do you do it?

What method(s) do you use to make sure you don’t miss any posts from your favourite bloggers? Do you…

…bookmark their blogs and remember to visit them regularly?
…follow their Facebook page and hope to see notifications of new posts in your newsfeed?
…sign up for e-mail subscriptions so that their blog’s latest posts end up in your Inbox?
…add their blog to a feed reader such as Feedly or Bloglovin’?

(Or perhaps something else entirely?)

I know that a lot of people struggle with the issue of staying on top of their blog reading, so I’m really interested in hearing which strategies have worked for YOU. Please take a minute to share your wisdom – your comments will contribute to making this post a helpful resource full of creative solutions!

How do you keep up with the blogs you want to read?
Please share!

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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Lori Lavender Luz
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    June 1, 2015

    For a long time I used Google Reader. When it closed, I tried a few things and settled on Feedly.

    Good question.

  • Carol Graham
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    June 1, 2015

    I sign up by email. I also check the facebook blogging threads I am part of and make sure to read at least 3 in each one. When a new person comments on my blog, I follow them. I have feedly but never used it –do they come into your inbox?
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  • penpen
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    June 1, 2015

    I use an RSS [feedly] or sign on for email–nonetheless, it can get overwhelming. so many good blogs out there. I also check the midlife daily feed and visit at least 3. so much to read; so little time.
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  • Mary Hill
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    June 1, 2015

    I used Feedly too for awhile, but got out of using it. Now I read blogs in groups that I belong to on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. I am thinking about returning to Feedly. I liked their platform.
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  • Alana
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    June 1, 2015

    I honestly don’t keep up that well, and I echo much of what you have said above. I tend to read blogs where I see the posts on social media – especially Facebook. I’ve decided not to subscribe by email any more – I pruned my list recently because I was so overwhelmed. I also will read blogs written by those who comment on my blog. I sometimes read blogs I follow on Networked Blogs but I usually don’t visit the site.
    Alana recently posted… Why I Must FailMy Profile

  • elly stornebrink
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    June 1, 2015

    I have signed up for a number by email, though don’t always necessarily have the time to read them all. However, I do read at least two, though usually ALL or most of the blogging threads – I know, silly me! – as this seems to defeat the purpose of overwhelm…it’s just that I love a lot of these bloggers/posts! 😉 And also, when someone comments on my blog, I usually return the favour if and when I can as sometimes I can’t find their blog site! If there is a better way that works for me technologically – a bit behind-the-times in that department – please do let me know! 🙂 <3
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  • Carol Cassara
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    June 1, 2015

    I have my daily go-to blogs & subscribe by mail if I’m afraid I’ll miss them. I try to use early morning for blog reading. I find that I have to catch some later in the Calif afternoon as there are a few who don’t post until late in the day. Sometimes it can get overwhelming. Also, I speed read, which helps. Your blog gets me especially with your photos and your tangles, both of which I look at for a long while!
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  • Parul
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    June 1, 2015

    Here’s what I do – I read the ones that are on the FB group of bloggers that I am a part of. The weekly thread gives me enough time to go slow yet finish reading there, then I follow a couple from the reader via the phone when I am waiting for bus, or before going to sleep etc.. The reader ones are slow but I try to catch up. Lastly, the email subscriptions. They overwhelm me too so I take them slow. This helps me with my list..
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    • Laurel Regan
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      June 2, 2015

      Sounds like a good system. I tend to avoid reading blogs on my phone or iPad, as I find it a little awkward and slow to add comments when I’m not using my laptop. Too bad, since I’m on my iPad a LOT!
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  • Tina
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    June 1, 2015

    I am really guilty of not keeping up with all the blogs that i want to read. I follow their FB pages because I’ll mostly not miss checking my FB timeline. It’s convenient that way.
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  • Ajay Pai
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    June 2, 2015

    I normally follow my fav bloggers through their FB page. Any new posts reflect in the feed.

  • Kaddu
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    June 2, 2015

    Things were so much easier when Google Reader was still around. After that, I’ve tried various other feed readers… feedly seems to be the best. Though, these days, I prefer to keep up with blog updates via Facebook and Twitter. Email subscriptions are a no-go for me. I have an OCD regarding orderliness, and I cannot stand an inbox with too many unread mails!
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    • Laurel Regan
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      June 2, 2015

      I agree – I was quite attached to Google Reader… but I’ve grown to really like Feedly, and hope it sticks around. And I’m exactly the same about my Inbox – my goal is always Inbox Zero, and having too many subscriptions is detrimental to that!
      Laurel Regan recently posted… Tangled Tuesday No. 48My Profile

  • Francene Stanley
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    June 2, 2015

    I can’t read every blog I come across. I simply comment on the two blogs above mine in every list, or all if I’ve joined a linky list. As it is, it takes me all morning writing my daily blog and then posting on various sites with the expectation of comment swaps.
    Where do we find enough time in the day to get on with our most important occupation otherwise? I’m writing my memoirs ar the moment and only manage about 50 words a day.

  • Sushree Dash June 2, 2015

    The email thing works out for me. So does the notifications on G+. And not forgetting the bogging events…they are my favorite 🙂

  • Aditi Kaushiva
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    June 2, 2015

    Haven’t we all asked this question sometime in our blogging journey…
    Well Email subscriptions work for me too, and also FB blogging groups.
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  • GiGi Eats
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    June 2, 2015

    Facebook does a pretty good job at keeping me up to tabs with the blogs I want to read, I am apart of so many blogging communities!
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  • Miss Nutralicious June 2, 2015

    I use bloglovin’ and—I love it! It seems very practical to me. I just follow my favorite blogs and then when I get on my computer I just have to check the one site to discover which of my favorite blogs have published new posts.

  • Lata June 2, 2015

    It is impossible to keep up. So, I generally follow a reciprocal strategy of reading the blogs of people who have read mine. I also make sure I read a few blogs in the challenges I participate in. It is frustrating because you are not exactly choosing the blogs you want to read. But I do keep an eye out for posts from bloggers whose writing skills and content I admire
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  • Nick #thisyearinmusic
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    June 2, 2015

    It depends on how often the people you follow blog. If you follow a daily its easy to keep up, but if they post sporadically, it can he harder to keep up to date. FB, twitter and emailing lists are a great tool to keep up to take

  • Mel June 2, 2015

    Feedly (it used to be Google Reader) broken down into folders. I can then tackle a folder and leave, tackle a folder and leave, etc. I can sneak in blog posts between other things and not feel as if I’ve used up an hour reading since it’s in smaller increments.

  • Mali June 2, 2015

    I really like Feedly because I can put blogs into various categories, some of which I’ll check more often than others. I have a very small list of Must Read blogs, and find it easy to keep up with them. The Feedly apps mean that I can also check it on iPad or my phone, wherever I am, and that helps.
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  • Anamika Agnihotri June 2, 2015

    I keep a track of the blogs I like to read primarily through the wordpress reader. Then comes the links posted on the Facebook group Write Tribe. I make it a point to visit these blogs atleast once a week and get involved.
    I do not sign up for e-mail subscriptions for the reason that they get overwhelming and I end up never opening the links in the mails.

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