The Different Ways to Blog Hop

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.

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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.

Untitled designThe 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!

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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! πŸ˜€

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 ❀

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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.

Untitled designSocial Media

While I don’t do this often, social media platforms are also extremely useful resources for blog-hopping.

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TWITTER

  • 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

INSTAGRAM

  • Search through bookstagram and comment on photos
  • Use hashtags to discover new book bloggers and book photographers, and visit their sites

GOODREADS

  • 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

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Those are the ways I blog-hop.Β 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”?Β  Which is your favorite method of blog-hopping?

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya soon ❀

Azia Sig

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24 thoughts on “The Different Ways to Blog Hop

  1. Oh I really loved this post Azia (also thanks for the shout out! :D) I mainly use the Reader feed to blog hop, and it’s possibly kind of bad to admit this but I tend to not read my emails from WordPress. I only really get email notifications from the blogs I follow so I don’t need to look at both you know?
    Comments sections, both on my blog and on others, is how I find new people to follow and that’s a great way to discover new blogs I agree. One of the things I use to blog hop is weekly memes, like Top Ten Tuesday, or other bloggers posts where they link to other posts around to blogosphere that they thing are exceptional (I’m probably not describing it right but hopefully you know what I mean)
    Blog hopping can be really hard to keep up with, but it’s worth it in the end isn’t it?
    Hopefully when I join Twitter I can use social media to help with my blog hopping! πŸ˜€
    Great post Azia. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. I used to rely so much on the reader and completely ignore my emails until I noticed that some email notifications helped me catch up on some missing comments and responses! So, it’s helpful to check in with them once in a while, just in case you’re not on top of things (like me LOL).
      Oh yes! I know what you mean πŸ˜€ I can imagine that being a very useful way of bloghopping! I think I might try it some time, now that you’ve mentioned it.
      Always worth it in the end. I love conversing with my fellow bloggers ❀
      Good luck with your social media! It's a bit confusing but really helpful once you get the hang of it (which I have not, not yet at least LOL)
      Thanks so much! ❀

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      1. I try and stay on top of things but actually I feel like I should check my emails more often.I always scan through the subjects of them to make sure I’m not missing anything really important but there are probably a few that have slipped through the cracks I’ll admit. πŸ™‚
        Ha, yeah there are plenty of amazing bloggers and posts out there, it’s just a matter of finding them all.
        Thanks so much, I feel like I’m going to need the luck because I’ve never been amazing at keeping up to date on social media.
        That’s all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  2. I have suffers that. Some of my post have been sent onto Oblivion haha I posts recently some reviews and I think I haven’t been notice 😦 o guess the most you follow the most you overseen 😦 I tried to check the feed once a day :3 and I try so much to check all of your posts!

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    1. Using tags can help expand your posts’s reach and allow them to be seen by more bloggers! The more tags you use, the more chances you have of your content being seen by those who might be interested! And it really helps to visit other blogs through the feed, and leave comments whenever possible πŸ˜€ I hope that helps! And that’s all right! It’s the thought that counts ❀

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  3. We have very similar style of blog hopping except I really need to make better use of my email notifications lol. I’m currently trying blog hopping in the evening for a change since my schedule changed for Tuesdays and I’m enjoying it a bit more cuz I’m not feeling the anxiety of Reader constantly growing in posts 😱Excellent post Azia! πŸ’œ

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    1. I really thought the emails were useless until I took the time to actually look at them. Before, I would have immediately deleted them πŸ˜‚ But they can be so helpful when you’re trying to keep track of the comments you made on OTHER bloggers’s posts.
      Blog hopping during the evening is great! I’ve been saving it for the end of the day, too, mostly because I have no time DURING the day to blog-hop. But yeah, it’s so nerve-wracking seeing all those posts accumulate throughout the day. Better to just let it be and then go back and see what’s new LOL. Thanks so much! πŸ’œπŸ’™

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  4. I love blog hopping but I’ve been so busy lately and I’ve only been able to use my comment section and reader which saddens me greatly?? I love seeing and commenting on other people’s posts so much and I wanna be better at it so I’ll definitely try some of these when I get a bit of time! Thanks for the advice ❀!!

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    1. Yay! I hope some of these methods work for you as well! And don’t worry, I’m mostly reliant on my comment section right now as well but when there’s free time, there’s always time for a little bit more blog-hopping!

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  5. I use the reader pretty much exclusively. I always like the newest post on it so that the next time I look at it I know exactly where I left off πŸ˜‚ It’s a bit fake, but it works! I open all the posts I want to read in Chrome (I blog-hop on my phone) and then bookmark them for when I have time to catch up (like now for example πŸ˜‰)!
    I also like the comment section. I check out all the bloggers who leave comments on my posts, but only follow/comment on those I find interesting. I also like checking out bloggers from other people’s comment sections, especially on book reviews, cause it leads me to bloggers with similar tastes! x

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    1. A bit fake is right, but who has the time or energy to worry about it LOL. If it works, then that’s all that matters πŸ˜‚ And that’s a good idea! I might try that sometime as well. Might help me stay a little more organized πŸ˜€
      I feel like comment sections are gold mines haha. So many interesting bloggers to check out!
      Thanks for commenting, Izzi!

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  6. Oh this is such a great post, I love it πŸ™‚ To blog-hop, I mostly use my WordPress Reader, but I also use bookmarks for bloggers that aren’t on WordPress. I check my Reader almost on a daily basis and my bookmarks probably once a week, or once every two weeks if I’m busy and when I have extra-time and love to give, I spread the love by blog hopping, using comments sections of other bloggers I love ahah πŸ™‚
    Great post! πŸ™‚

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