I follow and read a lot of blogs. It’s basically how I learned to use our miles and points to pay for our upcoming trip to Southeast Asia this July.
In order to keep up with how often blogs are updated, I use a blog aggregator called: Feedly.
It basically houses all the blogs I follow and updates as new blogs are pushed live. You can organize them all by category and add or delete blogs at will. A lot of people use blog aggregators for news stories to keep up with current events too.
It’s quite easy to use and after initially being annoyed I had to switch, I’ve found that it was a good replacement for Google Reader (which is now defunct) or the good ol’ bookmarking technique, which is super time consuming.
Plus, if you miss a post or update from your favorite blog on Facebook, it’s right there in your Feedly to read.
How does Feedly work?
I access Feedly through the website and have also downloaded the app to my iPhone and iPad.
You can sign up through various types of accounts. I used my Google account because it was easier to migrate all the blogs I followed on the Google Reader.
Once signed up and in, you can either explore content you’re interested in or plug in any blogs you already follow by clicking Add Content.
Feedly will often try to choose which category it thinks that particular site or blog would fall into, but you can also just create your own.
After your read or mark “Hide” on an article, it will disappear from your feed. I read so many blogs that I often just hit hide to get it out of my feed if they are posts I’m not very interested in.
Bloggers love comments and the pitfall of Feedly is that you can’t actually comment on particular posts through Feedly. All you need to do is click the title of the post and Feedly will take you directly to the site so you can comment on there.
I often see that images and graphics are aligned a bit funny in Feedly, so it’s great to go to the actual site. Feedly acts as a nice intermediary and I just end up going to the blog site anyway after I see there is a new post. I don’t work for Feedly and I haven’t been paid to show you how it works. I just know that, for me, it’s been really helpful when I want to keep up with the blogs that I read daily.
You’ll notice on the right side of my blog there’s even a Feedly button so you can add me to your hopefully long list of blogs in Feedly. I can’t tell you how helpful it has been for me and organizing loads of information from the interwebs.
Do you use any type of RSS feed or blog aggregator?