Today, I wanna share with you the different ways I blog-hop! Now that I have the time (and energy) to visit other people’s websites, I’ve realized that I have some interesting ways of drifting through the blogosphere.
Let’s be real, blog-hopping is a very time-consuming (and at times, monotonous) process. Also, if you just blog-hop through the Reader feed, some bloggers’s posts won’t show up because some bloggers don’t post often. The Reader is mostly saturated with posts from frequent bloggers or bloggers that you visit often, and so those who post once in a while might get lost in the mix.
Because of this, I think it helps to have a multitude of ways to go about visiting and commenting on other blog sites. Here are some of the different ways I’ve found to blog-hop and keep things interesting for myself.
The Reader Feed
The feed is composed of an explosive variety of bloggers and their content. It’s a wonderful and simple way for bloggers to read, like, and comment on posts from fellow bloggers that they follow without having to open up several tabs and visit each blog separately. Not only that, the reader is a great source for discovering new bloggers based on specific tags or content that you wish to read.
When I first started blogging, the Reader was my lifeline. It helped keep me up-to-date with my fellow bloggers and it provided me with an easier way to comment and like posts without having to jump through hoops and spread myself too thin while blog-hopping.
The Reader is an extremely useful tool, but it can also be pretty overwhelming. It’s an endless scroll of creative content. All those posts and not enough time. It can be soooo exhausting to try to go through the feed and to communicate with other bloggers, especially when you follow upwards of 100 or so bloggers.
I admit that after not posting or commenting for a while, I’ve been scared off the reader. It’s too much for me right now. So, I’ve resorted to different avenues of blog-hopping.
The Comment Section
The Reader can still be used for this actually. When visiting the Reader, you can discover new blogs and interact with bloggers by visiting the comment section of another blogger’s post. Whether you use the Reader or if you personally visit a blogger who is blessed with a multitude of comments, there is an opportunity for you to sift through those comments and discover another blogger’s website.
You read through the comments, find a blogger you connect with, click on their profile and then boom!
New content, a new blogger to follow, and more chances to leave a comment and interact with the blogging community!
Your Own Comment Section
The part above is focused on visiting other bloggers’s comment sections. You can also visit your own comment section and do the same thing. This is kind of a tit-for-tat sort of deal, but for all those who leave a comment on your own posts, you can spend time and leave a comment on their posts as a way of showing thanks and to just generally show support for your fellow bloggers who have done the same for you! 😀
For the past few weeks I’ve relied on this method. It’s not really the best way to go about blog-hopping as it’s pretty limiting to what content I’ve read and who I’ve communicated with. But it works when time is short, and it’s helped me to keep in touch with those who have kept in touch despite my frequent absences! Huge shoutout to Beth for commenting on every single one of my posts, btw ❤
For those of us who receive email notifications, we are constantly notified whenever someone has left a comment on our posts, when someone has responded to our comment on their blog, and when someone has published a new post for the day.
This is extremely helpful, especially when an influx of comments overflows your comment tab in your WordPress Notification sidebar. Some comments are deleted before you have a chance to respond. Your admin page only includes comments and responses left on your blog and so it’s hard to find those comments that fell through the cracks. Unless you personally go and re-visit all the blogs you commented on, those comments might never be seen again.
Through your email, however, you have all the comments you made, the responses you’ve received (both found in your Inbox), and a long list of new posts for you to visit (usually found in the Social tab for gmail users) all in one place.
While I don’t do this often, social media platforms are also extremely useful resources for blog-hopping.
- Visit the book blogs of those who follow you
- Search well-known reader/blogging hashtags and find active members in the bookish community who may also have blogs
- Discover new bloggers through comment threads initiated by those you follow
- Search through bookstagram and comment on photos
- Use hashtags to discover new book bloggers and book photographers, and visit their sites
- Many of your friends have links to their blogs on their profiles. Go ahead and visit them!
- See who your friends have connected with and check them out for yourselves
Those are the ways I blog-hop. If you have any other ways of hopping around on the blogosphere, I’d love to hear about it!
How often do you blog-hop? How long does it usually take you? When do you say, “that’s enough for the day”? Which is your favorite method of blog-hopping?
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya soon ❤