I’ve been wanting to do a post about my process for a while now. Blog hopping is something I thoroughly enjoy doing, I enjoy hopping more than I enjoy consume videos. Simply because I prefer to consume written content over visual content. I also love spreading love to other book bloggers, it brings me a lot of joy. In this post I’ll show you how I go about hopping as well as linking to some other book bloggers, fabulous posts which can help you improve your blog hopping!
I use Feedly to blog hop, before Feedly I relied on Discord Servers and Twitter, as I’ve never liked the WordPress reader. I won’t be explaining the details of Feedly but I will be linking to some other posts from other bloggers, which will explain Feedly, far better than I could.
Organising My Feeds
Whenever I follow new blogs I have to put them into one of my feeds on Feedly, the feed aspect of Feedly has been a lifesaver for me. I have at the moment 4 feeds, although one is temporary, as it’s whilst I try out new bloggers content to see if I enjoy it.
My feeds are as follows: Book Blogs Priority, Book Blogs Extra Time, Book Blogs Rest & From Nominations Posts. I categorise blogs into each feed depending on how often I hop to their blog. There are some bloggers who I simply adore, they’re fabulous but their content isn’t my cuppa, which is ok. I know my content isn’t for everyone, a lot of them end up in either “extra time” or “rest”.
From Nominations Posts is a new feed I recently created, to be able to quickly follow blogs I’ve found via people’s Book Blogger Nomination posts. I separate them out from the rest of the blogs until I’ve got a feel for how much I enjoy/vibe with their content.
Mass Deleting Posts I Know I Won’t Read
Ahem so you may have noticed the number at the moment on my From Nominations Posts feed is ridiculously high. This is because Feedly’s pulled each bloggers posts from the past 30 days and added it into the feed. Each time I blog hop I will go through each feed and delete any posts from the feed, I know I won’t read. Typically its book reviews, blog tours that will get deleted along with most of the memes. They’re not something I really read and book reviews I’m picky about whose reviews I will read.
At first, I felt a lot of guilt for doing this however it not only makes my feeds less overwhelming for me, it also means I know the posts that are left are ones I’m excited to read! There’s no point in me reading/skim reading a post just for the sake of it. When I blog hop I like to engage to the best of my ability leaving comments and like where possible.
Saving Posts To Boards
Feedly has a wonderful feature of boards. You can create multiple boards and save posts to multiple boards too. As many of you know, I enjoy sharing posts I’ve loved, in my wrap up posts. In order for me to do that I’ll save posts I’ve enjoyed to that months rewind board. This gives me easy access to all the posts that I wanted to include in the wrap up, sometimes I do have to go through and cull the posts if I’ve saved too many or I’ve saved a lot from one blogger.
I highly encourage you all to blog hop, you don’t need to hop regularly, it can be sporadic hopping. One of the best ways to find friends in this community is through hopping and we all have our own methods to hop. One thing I love about Feedly is the fact I can follow blogs on WordPress, Self Hosted and Blogger, which I appreciate having them all in one place.
I hope you found this post helpful friends, Feedly is honestly my lifesaver, a word of warning though Feedly limits the amount of blogs you can follow. On the free account you can only follow 100 blogs…so if you follow more than that, Feedly may not be for you unless you feel like creating multiple accounts. I’ve yet to read the limit but when I do I’ll probably just make another account.
How do you blog hop? Do you feel guilty for not reading posts which appear in your feeds/reader? Lemme know in the comments ❤