Take a quick glance at my sidebar and you’ll see that the vast majority of my followers follow me via Bloglovin’. Of course, I’ve always known that my follower count doesn’t directly equate to active blog readers, but back in the day, I got a lot of my traffic from Bloglovin’. I always cared about that number above all other follower stats (besides email, I suppose—but I know that lots of people don’t follow via email because they don’t want their inboxes overwhelmed).
But lately, I’ve noticed that Bloglovin’ doesn’t have the same activity level that it used to. Nowadays, I don’t get many new Bloglovin’ followers, and at least three-quarters of the ones I do get are outright spam accounts (often with some sort of pervy info in their bios—no thank you!) Moreover, I’ve noticed that a lot of newer bloggers (ones who’ve started blogging in the past couple years) don’t even have links to follow via Bloglovin’ on their blogs, and when I follow them there (which I still do sometimes) I’m often one of only a handful of followers.
All of which leads me to the question… is Bloglovin’ a thing of the past?
I’ve been blogging now for almost seven years, and sometimes it amazes me how quickly things seem to change. I do a lot of my blog-hopping via commenting back lately, but when I do want to just browse random posts, I still default to Bloglovin’. Am I the only one still using it? I notice that it’s still usually a follow option on giveaways (at least for tours), but other than that, no one seems to talk about it anymore. Or maybe I’m wrong and people are still using it but just not talking about it much? I’m just not sure.
Not too long ago, I added WordPress and Feedly follow options to the blog—those seem to be the preferred methods of following for lots of people. But maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe next year it will all be different. Who knows?
Do you still use Bloglovin’? If not, what is your preferred method of following blogs? I want to know!
This post has been linked up to the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.