The blogging community is obsessed with Bloglovin. A loyal user for years, I always found it hilarious the ends people would go to just for a ‘follow’ on Bloglovin; people are vicous with the prospect of garnering a following on a new social platform. Hellbent on followers and hearts, reblogs and likes, favourites and retweets; that is who we are today. I don’t see any correlation between having a tremendous following meaning having tremendous content, and though I guess there are numerous celebrities who break this conclusion the fact remains; the content comes before the people come.
Bloglovin prides itself on allowing people to follow their favourite blogs, but their interface says something else. The app for iOS uses thin sans serif fonts which hurt readability, and on Android the app is a trifecta of bad taste; bad fonts, dated design, and memory guzzling. I wanted to try something new, so I hopped on the Feedly train and my what a gorgeous train this is.
Bloglovin makes it easy to export your collection of feeds (here), and Feedly even respects categories you may have created. Perk of having Android for a week: I downloaded the OMPL file and uploaded it to Feedly all from my Note 4.
Feedly has an app for the web, iOS and Android. Their ‘organize’ feature allows easy categorization of feeds, and I quickly unfollowed a great deal of blogs I had impulse-followed. Feedly offers many customizations in terms of how posts are displayed, the colour of the interface, and fonts used for content. I am quite in love with their grey theme, because nothing is better than grey (except navy…camel…maybe black…alright I love all of them). They offer integration with Instapaper which is my favourite tool to keep track of everything I have read over the past several years.
Reading on the web app happens in a card which slides in from the right. You can customize the sharing buttons on the top, a nice touch. I have found the rendering to be excellent, something I can not say with Bloglovin which would often strip away important content from blog posts. Manger is a blog I don’t mind reading in the simplified view, but for blogs where the layout is just as important as the content—something like Park & Cube—the web view is a tap away.
The Android app is equally wonderful—by far more reliable than Bloglovin and Flipboard—as is the iOS app for iPad.
This year my goal is to use social media less, focusing on the quality rather than the volume. That means following less curators and more creators, learning more and really understanding alternative perspectives. I suppose I have grown out of Bloglovin. If you try Feedly, here I am. I encourage you to try creating, learning, and understanding what someone else has to say this year.