A Blatant? Plug for BLOGLOVIN’

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After my initial experience with this new (to me) iPhone/iPad App, I thought I would share what I’ve learned.

First of all if you are unfamiliar with the Bloglovin’ service I would describe it as website that helps you find and follow great blogs.  With the Apps, I am an Apple lover so please forgive my bias, I found it to be very convenient and fun way to get caught up inside the blogosphere.  My caveat to this is a certain reticence to use Apps over my preference for Safari or Google Chrome on the web.  I just feel that too many Apps are lacking to such a degree that it isn’t worth the bother.  Know what I mean?

Anyway, here’s what I found:  There are four master pages titled My Feed, Popular, Search and Me

PLUSSES

A+, this really doesn’t seem like an App, it has a web-like feel to it.

A+, even better – there is a web option that allows you to view the blogs on the web!

B+, there is a handy menu button which drops down to reveal all your favorite blogs in My Feed.

B+, I like the handy share tab there too.

B+, the popular posts offer a terrific way of finding good blogs when you are pressed for time.

B+, great images.

C+, searching for blogs is clean, without advertisements and extraneous distractions from what you really want, to read blog articles.

C+, as an added plus the ‘Me’ page allows you to create your own blog.

NOT SO PLUSSES

C-, there is a feedback link to get input from users, though the response to users seems to be less than ideal

C-, some of ‘features’ are a little tricky to use and the instructions are not as ‘simple’ as I’d like.

As an avid supporter of WordPress for all the reasons you might imagine, I would say Bloglovin’ Apps are in the category of the “next best thing” and rate them as “recommended”.

Happy Blogging!

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