A Comprehensive How-to for Loving Bloglovin’ and a Bit about Mah Birthday

Ok, as promised, I’m going to tell you all about Bloglovin.’

I know – I’m not even bothering with graceful introductions anymore. [Insert something about sunshine, nice weather, farewell luncheon, packing, yada, yada, yada.] 
And now, as promised yesterday (because I’m not a total filthy liar), I give you a post about Bloglovin’!
Okay. Let’s talk shop. I’m assuming, first of all, that every one of you rushed to get your own Bloglovin’ account after my raucous and rousing post yesterday. Here are the facts:
1. Google is doing away with Google Friend Connect and, therefore, the Google reader with which you have enjoyed your Blogger blogs up until this point. 
2. If you do not transfer the blogs you follow before this transition happens, you will lose them and have to rely on your own powers of memory to recover them, which, if you’re me, is not a pony on which you want to bet. 
3. If you follow these simple instructions and transfer that followship now, nothing will be lost and you will have gained a newer, simpler, more dynamic way to read and organize your favorite blogs. 
Let’s get started. First of all, sign into both your new Bloglovin’ account as well as your Gmail account with which you do your blogging. I’ll wait. Okay. Your Bloglovin’ homepage should look something like this:
Before we go any further, I would like to talk to you about the anatomy of a Bloglovin’ post:
Got it? Of course you do, you smart cookies, you. Moving on:
When you click on “Settings,” you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
Listen to my command – scroll down for The Goods:
Did you see that, kittens? This is the button that will allow you to make the grand followship transfer. Click it.
Do you see that? That’s a blog post! All of the blogs you follow with Google Friend Connect are now here! Let’s move on, shall we?
These are all of the blogs you follow. Yes, I follow a lot. But I can’t expect bloggers to follow me if I’m not willing to follow them. Because follow-backsies are a big deal in blogland. 
But the OCD in you is screeching right now, I know. How to keep track? This is always what bothered you about Google Reader! Fear not, minions – Bloglovin’ allows you to create categories and sort your blogs into them! Watch and learn!
To add blogs to categories, simply go back to the blogs you follow and repeat this step. Create all of the categories you want that make sense to you. And then you can thank the good people of Bloglovin’ for finally making blog reading easy and intuitive. 
I’m going to talk to you about a few more features. Click on “Top Blogs” on the left sidebar.
It will take you to a page that looks like this:
These are all of the top blogs on Bloglovin,’ which means they have the most followers. Don’t be daunted by the fact that 90% of them are fashion blogs. We can all make this list. I can’t stress this enough – if you write quality, engaging content, people will come. It may take them a while because they may have to stop to pee/buy a churro from a truck stop, but they’ll get there. Why? Because churros are awesome. 
And so are you. 
Next, click on the drop-down from your name and select “View Profile”:
You heard me – click away, kittens, to be taken to your blog’s specific Bloglovin’ page. This is different than your profile. Why? Bloglovin’ is awesome in that it allows you to post more than one of your blogs (if you have mutliples) to the same Bloglovin’ account. For example, on my Bloglovin’ account, I have Nested, but I also have my pitiful little food blog. Awesome, right? Yessssss. 
Okay, so when you’ve clicked on your blog, you’ll see this:
If you click on “Similar Blogs,” you’ll be directed here:
This is a neat networking feature. To follow a blog, just click “Follow.” And yes, it really is as easy as that. To search for a blog to follow on Bloglovin’ simply use the search bar that I showed you on the homepage. 
One final thing – you’ll be needing a button with a link to your Bloglovin’ account for easy access to your readers. According to AshleyRose, according to Bloglovin,’ people who include a link to their Bloglovin’ account at the end of every post have a higher rate of followship. It may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it works. And here’s how you get one:

Yes – it IS this easy. And wonderful, no? 
I hope this was helpful to you!

In other news, today is my birthday. It is exciting. I am excited. There was chaos and sadness when I thought that Carter forgot my birthday because he didn’t say happy birthday until nearly 11 this morning when the reason he didn’t is because he was planning this huge display with flowers and a big, personal happy birthday while I was at work, which I ruined (like I ruined his marriage proposal) because I am a ridiculous human being. …and he couldn’t find our flower vase. But he’s such a lamb for trying and I’m so lucky to have him. I love you, Bird! 
I’ve received an embarassingly huge amount of birthday wishes via Facebook and text and I am so honored and blown away by the love. Y’all are, truly, entirely too good to me. 
I even got birthday wishes from Jane and one of our favorite fur-friends on Nested: sweet Tico! 
If you can’t tell, he’s singing Happy Birthday to me in that last photo. Because he’s a lamb, too. Thank you, Jane and Tico! And everyone else, too! 
And now, I have a favor to ask of you. (Don’t I always?) If you want to make my birthday extra, ridiculously special, please follow me on Bloglovin.’ If I get to 75 Bloglovin’ followers, I’ll start the nest round of the Giveaway, which is awesome because it means that I’ll be giving you a present for my birthday. 
Follow on Bloglovin
So get on Bloglovin’ and play around! And then follow me! And then follow all of your friends! And enjoy an ease of reading that you’ve never know before! 
Happy Wednesday, y’all! 
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  1. Nice job! I really like Bloglovin’! Also… Happy Birthday! I’m workin on a little birthday surprise for you. Does telling you about its existence mean it’s still a surprise or that it’s not one anymore?

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And thanks for the tutorial.. never knew we could do that. 🙂

  3. First, Happy Happy Day to youuuu– be a Birthday Diva and work it for the full 24-hours of your glory.

    Second, OK with your nagging..I mean prompting…I successfully transferred everything over to Bloglovin’ yesterday and, amazingly, it’s easy-peasy and after a mere one day, I’m hooked and oh so grateful. I need to go into the profile piece and do a bit more snazzing up in there for company.

    Thanks for this tutorial. Your instructions are crystal clear!

  4. Your BlogLovin tutorial was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Comprehensive, for sure and I can only imagine the time it took, so thank you! 🙂 Got BlogLovin figured out; my posts weren’t showing up…and then I realized I was clicking on my profile and not my page’s xD whoops! So glad it’s figured out and can’t wait to see how BL will grow with the Google comment switch!

    And even more importantly…

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂 I hope every second is spectacular!



  5. Happy birthday and thanks for the great advice!

  6. OMG, thank you for this!! I think I hacked and hawed my way through most of bloglovin’ and tamed it a bit but I regret to say I think it still has me bested for the moment, since some of still eludes me. But if not for your a-maz-ingness, I would undoubtedly be even more lost at sea. Thanks a bunch, and oh, happy birthday (a few days late, sorry.) 🙂

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