Last week, I talked about my quest to organize my Bloglovin’ feed, which is quite a feat, considering I was following 1900 blogs. I talked about my first step – deleting blogs – last week (I got my total number down to 824!). I also mentioned that I was going to create folders for the remaining blogs, and I was surprised to see in the comments that lots of people didn’t know that you even could create folders or know how. Since Bloglovin’ doesn’t make it exactly obvious or easy, I thought I’d create a simple little tutorial.
First though, here are the folders that I ended up creating:
Active Followers – This is a list of bloggers who actively follow and comment on my blog. I figure if I only have a short amount of time to be on Bloglovin’, this is a great place to start, right?
Follow by Email – This is actually a list of blogs that I already follow by email, so I can pretty much ignore this feed, but I don’t want to unfollow them because they’re basically my favorite blogs!
Authors – This one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Tour Companies – Again, self-explanatory.
Mostly Inactive/Memes/Promos – I made folders for blogs that were mostly inactive (but hadn’t been inactive for three months, which was my cut-off for deleting), mostly memes (I like Top Ten Tuesday, but that’s pretty much the only meme I follow) or mostly promos (but did include a few reviews here and there). These are blogs I’m going to monitor over the next couple of months to see if the content changes at all–sometimes bloggers get busy for a period of time and they can’t create a lot of new content, I totally understand that. These are blogs that I may or may not continue following, depending on how often I find myself interested in their content.
Genres – The rest of the blogs, I’m working on separating roughly by genre – YA, NA/Adult, YA/NA Mix, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Contemporary. I haven’t decided yet if this is really worth it or working, but for now that’s my strategy.
Of course, these are just the folders that I chose to create. They’ve been working really well for me (well, with the possible exception of the genres – still on the fence about those), but you might have a completely different system that works for you!
Creating Folders in Bloglovin’:
Bloglovin’ doesn’t make it completely obvious how to create folders (unfortunately, you can’t add a blog to a folder when you’re actually on the blog’s profile), but it’s not hard at all. Here are the steps:
Step One: Hover over your profile icon in the toolbar and then click on Edit blogs you follow.
Step Two: Click on Create new group.
Step Three: Enter a name for the group in the dialogue and click the Create button.
Step Four: The new group will now appear in the Create group dialogue box. You can add a blog to the group by clicking on that box and selecting the desired group. (You can also add a new group directly from this dialogue if you’d prefer, and the blog will get added to the new group – see the option at the bottom.)
Now, when you go back to the Bloglovin’ home page (your main feed), you’ll see your folders listed on the right (I added the red box to make it more obvious). The number listed next to the group tells you the number of unread posts in that group. Clicking on the group name will show you a feed with posts from that group only. You can then look through the feed and mark the blogs in just that group read (using the Mark all as read button).