If you’re interested in blogging, whether you write your own or just love reading them, you’ve probably heard of Bloglovin’. I check my feed every day, as I have since I opened my account back in 2014. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized how to use Bloglovin’ to organize my blog life.
Make Sure You’re Following Your Own Blog
Just because your profile and your blog accounts are linked on Bloglovin’ doesn’t mean you’re necessarily following your blog’s page.
Why should you follow your own blog’s profile? Not only do you show up as an additional follower on your blog, but you can also see how your blog posts appear to other followers. I discovered, for example, that Bloglovin’ doesn’t grab Featured Images in WordPress for the preview, so many of my blog posts had my signature’s thumbnail on the side. It didn’t tell them anything about the post, and it just didn’t look good. So I changed the way I set up my posts, and now they look consistent and beautiful!
Schedule Your Posts Early in the Day
One of the first things I do every day is check my Bloglovin’ feed. When I first started, I noticed my blog posts weren’t showing up until the afternoon, despite the fact that they were scheduled at 8 or 9 in the morning.
Then I changed the time they were scheduled to 3 a.m. And oh, what a difference it has made! They are ready for me (and the rest of my followers) as soon as I get up in the morning.
Save All Of Your Own Posts
Just like you might not have been following your own blog’s profile on Bloglovin’, some people may be following your personal profile, but not your blog’s profile. So, how do you make sure they still see your blog posts when they’re posted? Save them.
If you click on “Activity” on the sidebar of your feed, you’ll see a roundup of the posts that the people you’re following have saved. So, if you’re saving your own posts, they’ll show up here for your followers.
I personally created a category specifically for my posts titled, appropriately, My Posts. You could also save them in categories based on the topic, if you wish. Which brings me to my next point…
A few months ago, Bloglovin’ introduced categories for your profile. Think of them as boards on your Pinterest profile: ways to organize the links you’re saving.
I’ve got a lot of categories on my Bloglovin’ profile, but you can have as many or as few as you want. Here’s what my profile looks like:
They’re organized based on recent saves, which is the only thing I don’t like about them. I really like having things in a particular order, so it throws me off when they aren’t where I expect them to be.
You’ll notice I’ve got categories like Travel, Blog, Career, Style, etc. I keep everything separated so I know where to find a specific post when I want to go back to it. Plus, if someone’s curious what career posts I’ve saved, they can find them easily.
Here’s the nice thing about saving posts: you can save them to more than one category. That way, if a post is both about style and career, I could put them in each category. But there’s one way I use this feature the most…
Create a “To Share” Category
I try to share other people’s posts more than my own on my social media channels. Not only is it good for SEO, it’s also good at developing relationships with other bloggers.
When I tried doing this, though, I would go through recent posts I had saved on Bloglovin’ and couldn’t remember which ones I had already shared. So I came up with a brilliant idea: save a post in a specific “To Share” category, and unsave it when I’ve scheduled it to be shared.
Here’s what my To Share category looked like the other day. You can see under each post that there’s a red heart next to the word “Unsave.” So, once I put it into CoSchedule to be shared, I click the “Unsave” button so I don’t accidentally share it again.
But, so I don’t lose that post forever, I save it into another category as well, like DIY, Feminism, or Blog.
So, if you’re ever curious about what posts I’m going to be sharing soon, you can always get a sneak peak on my Bloglovin’ profile!
Comment on Every Post You Save
This is something I’ve been trying to do, but haven’t been sticking to as well depending on my schedule and motivation.
To develop good relationships with other bloggers, comment on every post you save. You must like it if you’re going through the trouble of saving it, so let the blogger know! I always love getting comments from readers, so it’s nice to repay the favor.
How do you use Bloglovin’ to stay organized? I’d love to find out in the comments!