I’ve been reading blogs for five years now, and I’ve gone through such phases! From typing in the URL of those I loved, to moving to Google Reader (and getting mightily overwhelmed), then to Feedly, and finally to Bloglovin. Even the types of blogs I read have changed. I first started with The Pioneer Woman, scrolling through Tumblr, and reading mummyblogs when I wasn’t yet a mum. Nowadays, my tastes run to food (always food!), fun DIY, personal, homeschooling (wtf? I can’t explain why I can’t stop reading them although I don’t intend to homeschool), blogs of people whose kids glue gumnuts together (those ones always seem so earthy and natural and gentle and unsweary, everything I’m not!), and people who post pictures of their fancy home interiors. I never feel intimidated or inadequate when reading those, they just make me want to vacuum.
I tend to read blogs on weekend mornings, when it’s my turn to wake up with the kids. I sort them out with some toast and cartoons, and I rug up on the couch next to them with the iPad and a cup of tea. I try to ignore Bloglovin putting my list of loves into alphabetical order, and I read my favourites first. Each Saturday I usually get through Attic 24, Design Mom, Duchess Kate, Nesting Place, and Traveling Mama. Then a rush to get through as many as I can until it’s time to go out and play. The ones I go to the most are usually the ones I have in my sidebar blogroll here. All make me HAPPY.
I tend to only scroll through the food category when I don’t have time to sit down and fully read, and I’ll “like” the posts I want to save for later. If I’m on the laptop, I’ll Pin the recipes straight up that I want to keep.
Some blogs have quite detailed info that I feel as though I need to be in the right head space to absorb, so I read them when I am home alone. Blogs like Planning With Kids, The Nutrition Guru and the Chef, A Mother Far From Home, etc.
I will also click over to read a post that someone has put on Facebook if I’m ever scrolling through Facebook. Which admittedly, isn’t often!
Some blogs are in my reader purely for eye candy, and I’ll scroll through the Bloglovin feed of them, clicking over if something looks particularly interesting. But I don’t usually read the whole post.
I try to get to the blogs of people who comment here on Veggie Mama, and comment on theirs if I can. I have been known to lurk though, I’m sorry! I’m getting better. I do find it hard to comment when I’m on the iPad on Blogger blogs – the comments never show up. And I suck royally at Captcha! I’ve been making time to comment when I’m on the laptop, although I’m usually on the laptop to work, and not for fun 🙁
And I’ll also read blogs if I’ve been searching Pinterest for something specific, and find a blog with the info on it. Then I see who their favourites are, and read those. And then I get stuck down a rabbit hole of interesting blogs I’ll never have the time to read!
So how do you read? When do you read? Whom do you read? Tell all!