GFC & How to follow your favorite blogs

If you are a current follower via GFC please be sure to subscribe to my RSS Feed/Bloglovin‘/Facebook page as GFC will be leaving The Momma Bird in a few weeks!
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blogHere is my 2 cents on the matter…

I have always had a love / hate relationship with GFC.
Loved it because it was easy to follow other blogs.
Hated it because I always felt it was a numbers game.

With the news that it will be leaving for all non-blogger blogs come March I’m forced to bite the bullet and just deal with it. Those of you blogger blogs think you’re in the clear, but it will eventually be gone for you too. I’m trying to think of a way to direct all of my followers but the truth of the matter is that despite my current GFC number, I know that’s not the number of my “true” followers.

I’m directing my followers to RSS Feed, Bloglovin’, and my Facebook page.

I understand that google is directing people to Google+, which I do have a page for this blog there, I’m just not willing to join yet another social media site when the ones I have currently are working out fine.

Here’s how I utilize the various following options I’m giving my readers:
Facebook:
I put my new posts up on here each day. I do this personally so it’s not so generic. This is where I connect with a lot of my readers about their days, what questions I have for them, and I also look for new posts from other fellow bloggers. My Facebook feed does automatically sync with my Twitter feed.

Twitter:
I use twitter to connect with other bloggers when I need a fast response. My Facebook feed goes here so I’m able to get multiple replies from different readers. It gives me more perspective on my various readers.

Bloglovin‘:
This is my “go-to” blog post reader. I don’t follow a blog on here unless they are one that I absolutely CAN’T miss out on. Unfortunately not everyone is on this site yet so I’m not able to read some of my favorite blogs on here. I do the old-school route and just remember them :)

Google Reader (RSS feeds):
This place is FLOODED with posts. Seriously. If I don’t read it after a few days I see this: 1,000+. that means I have over 1,000 posts that are UNREAD! I can’t tell you how many times I honestly just clicked “mark all as read”. I do however thumb through this on occasion and find some of the blogs I used to follow loyally and just lost track of them.

If you currently use Google Reader your GFC follows automatically connected to your google reader. So pretty much when you subscribe to my RSS feed it’s the same thing :) Easy Peasy. Here’s a great tutorial on it if you are unsure on why you should even subscribe via RSS: RSS Feed Tutorial Made Easy

My conclusion:
Don’t be afraid of the RSS.
Follow blogs how you find it easiest.
Figure out what to put in that big ol’ spot now that it will be gone :)

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How are you going to follow blogs you can’t live without once GFC goes away?

Comments

  1. says

    Ah, your post was spot on! It’s exactly how I feel about GFC, and you follow blogs in the same manner I do. However, I only just discovered Bloglovin’ . I usually follow blogs I really like via RSS, and I have them all categorized in my reader. I want to ditch GFC right now, but there is one giveaway I am part of that directs people to follow me there for an entry, so I might have to wait until the end of the year. I say good riddance! It didn’t work half the time anyway. :)

  2. says

    Well you now have one less GFC follower, just switched over to RSS. Oh and can I tell you I love your blog design so much I just put my deposit down to get my own from Southtown!

  3. says

    GFC is leaving? That is the only way I know how to follow other blogs!! I think I’m going to need to figure something else out now. Sheesh. Nothing ever stays the same!!!

  4. says

    Yeah, i have never really been a fan either. I actually like the new way facebook has it so you can group things. i have grouped blogs i follow and i can just see those and get a quick glance at what i want to read and what i have no interest in. i do follow a lot of blogs via bloglovin’ too and that’s nice also.

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