The how & the why behind the fact that I ♥ blogs so much
I’ve been working on putting together this weeks ‘Weekend Reading‘ post, however I ended up writing about why I love reading blogs and how I go about following them. I ended up so far from simply listing this weeks worth of favourite blogs that I thought I should simply create a post from it… So here it is.
One of the reasons I love to read peoples blogs is because they are written from their owner’s personal point of view – well duh!! – but what I mean is that I find blogs to be so much more personal and insightful than other forms of written media. Bloggers usually don’t have a boss to answer to, nor a set of rules to follow etc, they are writing to simply share themselves. Most bloggers are sharing the most vulnerable parts of themselves, the parts that they cannot share with those people involved in their everyday life. I guess it appeals to the voyeur in me.
The connection between writer and reader is so much closer and intimate through blogs. A relationship that seems to grow over time as you follow them through the trials and tribulations of their lives. There are plenty of ways to follow blogs, you can bookmark them, subscribe to their rss feed and read their latest posts via your favourite reader – such as google reader, some (such as mine) you can subscribe to via email and you can often follow the author of a blog on twitter to be kept up to date as to their latest posts.
I personally follow my favourite blogs via twitter, and subscribe to their rss feeds via google reader. However I use an add on to my Fire Fox browser called ‘feedly‘ to have all of my favourite blogs I subscribe to via google reader sorted and presented in an online magazine style page. It them all together in one place, in a super easy to sort through and read layout, All of which I can access with one click on the icon next to the address bar in Firefox – So please do Check Feedly out.
Most of my favourite blogs that I follow are linked to in the sidebar, or at the bottom of the page in my blogroll. My Rss Feed can be subscribed to via the little orange icon at the top of every page, or you can follow me @VioletScreaming on twitter. If you have any problems with subscribing to my feed or to any other sites feeds feel free to comment or contact me for help.
If you know of, or have a blog you think I should be following please feel free to comment below.