I don’t see them that much anymore, but there used to be these regular lists of AWESOME MOMMY BLOGGERS YOU SHOULD READ! put out by any number of online parenting-type groups or magazines. It was alway funny because you could predict the varied responses:
- Gratitude – Of course! If you’re on a list you should be grateful! Once Babble asked some of their “Top Bloggers” to recommend a blogger that no one knows about and one of my favorite bloggers mentioned me. I WAS HUGELY GRATEFUL! And I thinK I wrote 15 entries about how grateful I was because I thought it was that cool.
- Discussion Of The Word Mommybloggers – Man. Many Parents Who Blog HATE that word. HATES IT. Because it just makes what we do sound so trite. The problem is, it’s a concise way to put Parents Who Blog into groups. I don’t like the word “Mommy” personally, so I will use “Mom Blogger” if I need to, but you always get a handful of “QUIT CALLING US MOMMYBLOGGERS!” entries, followed by the predictable, “I LIKE THE WORD MOMMYBLOGGER!” entries.
- Irritation With Repeat List Appearances – Everytime these lists were put out? You’d find a lot of the same names on them. And of course people like me who never made a list would roll their eyes like, “Well…guess I won’t be on it if Amalah is always there.” But – then, of course, I would immediately remember: AMALAH IS AWESOME. She SHOULD be on every list. So, you know, you can only get so irritated with that. I would end up simply wishing there were more “Bloggers you’ve never heard of!” lists.
The thing is, no one sits down and “checks blogs” anymore. I think it’s because of the demise of Google Reader which I will complain about every day forever until the day I die. I started auto-posting my links to my Facebook page for my blog, but that doesn’t show up in people’s feeds unless they interact with that page. And since I don’t do ANYTHING else on it, there’s nothing to interact with. I personally tried Feedly and Bloglovin but just found myself totally irritated that neither of them were like Google Reader.
But I totally miss sitting down and reading blogs.
Leah wrote about blogging/storytelling recently. I met Leah back in the “good ole days” around BlogHer 2006. She’s currently rounding up bloggers that still consider themselves storytellers. I’m not sure if I’m a storyteller or not. I don’t tell stories as much as I vomit up experience. Sometimes there are stories involved but mostly it’s: This is what’s happening to me right now.
This blog sounds EXCITING.
BUT ANYWAY – She mentioned Blogrolls on the Sidebar. I used to have one of those! People started getting rid of them when we were all using feed readers. Also, people started getting their feelings hurt not being on them, but I’m not going to stress about that right now. Mine was actually still built into WordPress. Unfortunately, it’s like 4 years old and almost all of the blogs that USED to be on it are dead or haven’t been updated in 4 years. SO! I did quick inventory and deleted all of the blogs I’m pretty sure haven’t updated, and left the ones that I think have. But haven’t necessarily checked in awhile because GOOGLE READER IS DEAD.
I’m hoping to just use my own sidebar – LIKE I USED TO – to keep up with blogs again. See if that works. Maybe it will help me keep up wit my favorite blogs better? I don’t know. I may remove it again after a few weeks if I check it as regularly as I checked Feedly or Bloglovin once I set those up. Currently, the most common cause for me to visit a blog? Is someone tweeting a link or posting it to their PERSONAL Facebook page. But I have no idea how to make everyone do that at the same time every day so I can be sure to see it.
The MAIN problem with using the sidebar is that you don’t know if they’ve updated until you click. That’s why RSS readers are nice. You just open up ONE thing and you can see if they’ve updated easily. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an RSS reader I like as much as I used to like Google Reader. DAMN YOU GOOGLE!
How do you keep up with your favorite blogs? How do you find new ones?