Website Critique: Bloglovin

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As a web developer, it’s vital to keep up to date with what’s going on in the web developer and design world and to read articles to improve my knowledge. Currently, my chrome browser has a huge list of “favorite” website blogs that I visit frequently. But I can only really keep a handful up there, and to tell you the truth, I’m too lazy to visit each one individually.

Then I stumbled upon (without using StumbleUpon) Bloglovin. And may I just tell you, I freakin’ love this site.

What I love about BlogLovin

I love that the owner of the site doesn’t have to sign up for their blog to be available. You just copy the URL and paste it in their search. It automatically finds their blog and all you have to do is click “follow”.

You can create categories for the types of blogs you follow. My categories currently are Developer and Design. I also use the uncategorized for my personal blogs I like to read, but that don’t pertain to my work: Get Rich Slowly, Bible Places, and misc food blogs.

The layout is clutter-free, allowing you to focus on the actual blog.

Everything is easy to find and easy to use. You can mark all the posts as read (like I did here) when you’ve looked them all through. That way, there isn’t always a million posts showing up unread, and you don’t have to click on each one – just the ones you care about.

You can like a post. Personally, I categorized my favorites on Delicious for work (tutorials, design ideas, etc.), but it’s a nice feature that I’ll probably use at some point.

Under Popular you can find blogs based on categories. These are only the popular blogs, though, because under “Blogs”, you can search tons of categories to find new blogs to subscribe to.

Finally, there’s a Chrome extension that adds a little blue + to the top of my browsers and tells me how many blogs I have that are unread. And they send you an email daily (or none, or whenever a blog is updated – user’s choice).

Did I mention that I freakin’ love this site?

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