Blog Tools & Widgets

April 29, 2010
My list of blogs I read and follow regularly is growing at an exponential rate making it challenging for me to manage. I wanted to know what all you tech-savy readers like to use to manage your daily reads!

I started my blog off Google blogger which has a nice follower application and a reader list on my personal dashboard. However, it’s a bit small to read and tedious to scroll through since the window space is limited. I like using it to keep track of my bookmarked pages but am looking for additional ideas to manage my own list.

I don’t use Facebook for my blog and I still have yet to figure out how Twitter works. I started using Bloglovin which seems to be very easy to use, but I’d love to hear what forms you all use to get ideas!

For widgets – I try to keep these to a minimum. I removed a number because they were cluttering the blog and making the download slower. But if you have any you absolutely love, I’m all ears πŸ™‚

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  • I currently use and love Bloglovin'! It's easy to use and it looks prettier than Google Reader, which I found to be too cluttered and cramped.

    I'm personally not a fan of the Blogger Followers widget, which seems to be really popular amongst Blogger users. I don't use mine at all but unfortunately following other people's blogs with the widget seems like the way to increase readership.

  • I use Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs that I follow. I removed almost all widgets from my blog because I don't like the clutter. I used to use Feedburner but it's not compatible with Mac after a recent upgrade so I switched to Google Reader, which is also very easy to use.

  • I'd really love to see you on twitter! Once you start using it you'd love it;)
    My name is the same as blog Makeup4all and I hope to see you one day there πŸ™‚

  • I just use Google Reader. It automatically collects all the feeds of the blogs that you follow through Blogger, so it's really nice and easy, and you can read the entire article before deciding if you want to go to the article and comment versus Blogger Dashboard which only shows a snippet at the beginning (though I really hope they start letting you comment straight from Google Reader, that would totally be awesome). I like it because I also use Google's Mail, Calender, & Documents almost every day so it's nice to have the Reader so seamlessly integrated with the link at the top of basically every Google application and it's much less cumbersome to check throughout the day than Blogger Dashboard.

    I haven't tried BlogLovin' yet, but I love that Google Reader so seamlessly integrates with Friend Connect/Follow so I don't have to separately add blogs to a new list or re-follow old subscriptions. (Though honestly, I haven't checked it out enough to know how easy it is to port everything.)

  • If you use Firefox or Chrome, Feedly is a great interface based on google reader feeds : presentation is nice and clear. I like it.

  • I just use plain old Google Reader!