I have a confession.
I don’t read very many blogs anymore. AND I FREAKING WRITE MY OWN BLOG THAT I WANT PEOPLE TO READ!!! What is wrong with this picture?
And I have another confession….
Most of the bloggers I spoke with about this, said they don’t read blogs either!!!
With Google reader gone, there has become a big void and disconnect in the blog reading world. A few have tried to fill that void, like BlogLovin and Feedly, but nothing has been able to do the job properly. So we as bloggers tried to push Social Media channels on our readers, in the hopes that our posts would show up in your Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram feed…but then each and every one of those channels added algorithms making it increasingly difficult for us to be found. The last and only way for loyal readers to read a blog post has become the newsletter – why? Because that is the only promotion channel that blog writers have direct control over.
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BUT I MISS BLOG READING DANG IT!!!
As of lately, my blog reading consists of things I see on Pinterest and click over to see. Or whatever Facebook deems worthy to pop up in my feed, that I can pop over to read. I am leaving the choice of what I like / don’t like in the hands of my social media feeds and what they deem ‘popular content’. That is so not cool.
I used to find new blogs to read by trolling ‘Link Up Parties’. Do you remember those? I used to submit my projects religiously to the weekly link up parties, in the hopes of finding new readers. And likewise, would find new blogs to read by seeing what other people linked up! That was the good old fashioned way. Now I find myself trolling CraftGawker. (Which I love by the way, but the same people tend to link up projects there – so it is limited in finding new sewing people specifically).
So how to do we find new awesome blogs to read?
I seriously wanna know. And not have a giant social media channel filter their content for us. I want to see what they post, when they post it, every single day!!!! Is that so much to ask?!! Lol
I know Bloglovin and Feedly are an option, but I have never loved either of those sites for various reasons.
So in the meantime…I have created a Facebook group. It is open to any / all who want to join! A place where you can link up your daily blog post for all to find. As of now, I am the only member. HA! But hopefully that will change, and we can grow and find new blogs together. Because I miss my daily blog reading connection, and I miss seeing the awesome stuff you are creating. Not just the popular stuff Pinterest wants me to see…but what YOU are making TODAY! I want to see! I want to be inspired, and fawn over your creativity again. I want to see the incredible talent in this world, and cheer those on who are just learning. I want to get to know you, and the awesomeness that you are.
So if you are up for it, join the group. I’d love to have you, and see what you are making. I would love to read your blog!
Let’s start reading blogs again, together.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…