One, The Other or Both



Part of my non-working routine here in Alabama is to read a range of blogs whilst having my breakfast and a few cup of Yorkshire Tea.  I favourite, like, share and comment in the hope of broadening my blogging network and finding future ideas and inspiration for myself.  The question that I’m asking myself everyday is whether I should use the ‘WordPress Reader’ or ‘Bloglovin’.

I like the WordPress Reader as it is easy to search for tags and easy to click the little follow button at the top of my  screen.  Making and replying to comments is smooth as I get notifications immediately on all devices.  I have found that if I am following a WordPress blog, they are aesthetically pleasing on the screen.  However, I have followed a couple of ‘non-wordpress’ blogs in the reader and they just look pants!  I find that I don’t want to click on them as nothing appeals to me 😦

Bloglovin is something that is quite new to me.  I have a profile and my blog is linked to my profile.  Being able to mark posts as ‘read’ is a fantastic idea, and when I like a post it appears on my profile in a tiled fashion.  I have followed loads of blogs that I like to read (and adore the photography of!).  I don’t quite understand the commenting system as all blogs are different and I never know if anyone has replied to my comments…if anyone can shed any light on this I would be extremely grateful!

Bloglovin seems to be the way forward.  The design, the features and the ability to follow all blogs, including WordPress blogs.  But I can’t help but think that I would be abandoning WordPress 😦  I like getting followers though WordPress and I’m sure others do too.  If someone followed me on Bloglovin, would they also follow me through their WordPress Reader?  Probably not!

I am interested to see what everyone uses.  Wordpress Reader? Bloglovin? Both?

… and if you fancy following me on WordPress, click the follow button at the top of your screen!

… or if you would like to follow me on bloglovin, click here 🙂

9 thoughts on “One, The Other or Both

  1. That’s an interesting post. I also like WordPress reader but I also use Bloglovin. Prefer Reader but I can’t get follow non WordPress blogs on there so that’s why I got a Bloglovin profile. While Bloglovin has the pros you mentioned, I think its a lot more difficult to get noticed on there – most followers who add you on Bloglovin are likely to do so from a link on your blog or search for your blog. I don’t like that it sorts blogs by number of followers, so blogs with thousands of followers are top and newer blogs don’t get much visibility. I haven’t figured out how to get it so it shows me results in reverse order. I am new to blogging and would like to make blog pals with bloggers that are in the sameish stage as me but I can’t really do that on Bloglovin – unlike on WP reader. That’s why I always check my Reader first before Bloglovin.

    1. I’m glad that there is someone out there who feels the same about the two! I am also in the habit of checking Reader first but I also follow some of those blogs on Bloglovin…so I am seeing them twice! Aaaggh! I am sure that Bloglovin will be developed more as time goes on to incorporate other features…I would like to search for tags 🙂

  2. Have you considered Feedly? It’s an RSS feed reader, so you can subscribe to anything with a feed. (Almost all blogs.) I think you can also add the “feed” from your WP reader directly to it. It seems like it might be a good in between. I have a Bloglovin button on my site because people look for it, but probably actually “follow” the most through IG (@powerstephy) That’s how I found you here. 🙂

    1. I’ve heard of an RSS feed but to be honest I haven’t looked into it because it sounds a bit scary! There is just so much out there to be having a play with 🙂 I love IG but have never really thought of looking for blogs through that! Will give that a try too! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I use the WordPress Reader, mostly because I have the app, so it’s so easy – I mostly read on the go, on my phone. I have no idea if Bloglovin’ has an app… although I did sign up, I’m just not used to it like I am the Reader!

    1. Yes, even after writing this post I’ve spent the last few mornings checking both! Reader is great for ‘flick-ability’…easy to browse for a quick read!!

  4. Yorkshire Tea!!!! I thought exclusive to Blighty …. May I say EXCELLENT taste, no better way than to start the day with a strong brew. I like mine like ‘builders tea’ which is strong, sweet and just a splash of milk. An acquired taste maybe but there is nothing like a cuppa and of course in England it is the official cure all …….. Bad hair cut …. Have a nice cup of tea! Fired from your job …. Have a nice cup of tea! And so on …… Funny lot us Limies 😉

    1. Haha we brought quite a lot over with us when we came :-/ I’ve tried to buy it before in the US and it was $10 for 10 tea bags….expensive but worth it! Certainly agree that it is a cure all….that’s why I drink so much of it I think 🙂

  5. Not being a Techie, I find WordPress Reader easier and more convenient. I do follow a few on Bloglovin’ but I get notified by email and it’s irritating! Haven’t worked out RSS feeds yet….
    Earl Grey tea every time for me:)

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