When you’re ultra-new to the world of book blogging, it seems like there could be no end to the blogs that you can read. When you’ve been doing it for a bit more than a year like me, it can feel like you’re looking at the same blogs over and over again… especially if you never look outside of your platform or your news feed. I admit it: I get lazy. 🙊
That is not to say, of course, that I get sick of what I’m seeing. Of course I love these blogs to bits and pieces — I’ve followed them for a while, I’ve made friends with the bloggers, I’ve come to know what books they like and what books they don’t — but occasionally, I just want something new. I want to hear a fresh voice. I want to see different layouts and post formats. I want to see, essentially, what else is out there.
Over the months I’ve been blogging, I’ve discovered some ways to… well, discover new blogs. Not all of them have proven to be 100% effective, 100% of the time, but they have, at least, been somewhat useful in always making sure I have new, interesting content to read. In no particular order, here they are. 💞
1) WordPress Tags
This is probably my main way of finding new blogs to follow: I enter a tag in the search bar and browse through the most recent posts, looking for anything that catches my eye. I think that’s pretty much how I found a majority of the blogs that I follow — they use the same tags that I keep track of.
There are so many different ways to blog-hop, but the way I do it is mostly by clicking on a random blog on my Reader, looking at who comments on their posts, and checking out those commenters. If they’re interested in the blog I’m interested in, chances are they have similar interest to me as well. 😉
One of the main reasons why I love Top Ten Tuesday so much and followed it for so long is because it allows me to check out other blogs that do it too!
The Broke and Bookish has a link-up every week, and on days when I have a bit more time, I randomly click on some of them and check out what their blog is all about.
Ah, Twitter. Twitter is a bit of a gold mine for me — I don’t use it 24/7, don’t really tweet that much, and am mostly oblivious to what’s happening, but it’s been a great source of finding people to connect with and whose blogs I end up loving. 💖
In a way, I feel like Twitter is more personal than the blog, too: you don’t only get to see what someone’s blog is all about, sometimes you also get to see what they, as a person, are all about. What do they do on the weekends? What books are they reading? What food do they like? It’s the blogger, unedited. 🙏
→ Here’s my Twitter.
I’m actually really slack with using Bloglovin’ even though I’m forever planning to use it more, but any time I’m on it (maybe twice a month), I always end up finding posts I’m super interested in. Mostly this is when the bloggers I follow ‘save’ posts into their ‘collections’ — I just click on a blogger’s collection and go through the articles.
→ Here’s me on Bloglovin’.
I don’t really keep track of my followers anymore, but back when I was still super new, I basically followed back every blog that followed me. Nowadays I’m a bit more selective: I’ve discovered what I like, and that is interaction, so when a follower interacts with me (i.e. a comment), I’m very likely to make the time to look at their blog eventually. Some of my best blogger friends I’ve met this way. 😘
That’s right — bloggers don’t just recommend books; they also recommend other blogs! And who better to know your taste and what you want to read than the bloggers you trust, hey? 😉
Here’s a Top Ten Tuesday list I wrote to recommend you some of my favourite bloggers. Some on that list, unfortunately, are no longer active, but my recommendation still stands for the rest! #noregrets
8) Search Engines
I usually use Google to find out about some of the more obscure, more underrated books that I have read, am reading, or plan to read, and this usually ends up with me finding blogs with similar reading tastes as mine. This is true for how people find my blog too — when I look at my traffic, 30.5% of my referrals come from search engines, whether it be Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, or others. 🔎
8) Blog Features
I admit: I’m not involved in as many blogging features as I want, but the times I am involved have been great because I’ve found new blogs to follow. ✨
Case in point: the Book Bloggers Creativity Project earlier this year has led me to find other bloggers who also want to be more ~creative with their blogs. Hey, same interests!
I’m putting this last because while I love using Goodreads and am on it constantly to read reviews, it hasn’t really been a major way in which I discover new blogs. It has lead me to some blogs, yes, but I’m never really on it with the mindset of wanting new blogs to follow. 😂
→ Find me on Goodreads!
Now, let’s talk! 💚💙
- How many blogs do you follow? How did you discover them?
- Have you ever found it hard to find blogs you want to follow?
- Do you go on blog-following (or blog-unfollowing) sprees?
This post is a part of Blogger’s Corner, a section on She Latitude dedicated to all things blogging.