My thoughts on blogging…if I owned Bloglovin’
13th August 2015
If you follow other bloggers on Twitter then you may have heard a lot of complaints about Bloglovin’ recently, and there are a number of reasons why.
The main reason is that Bloglovin’ sent out an email to all of it’s users about a competition they were running. Essentially, who ever gained the most followers in August would be featured on their blog, and this didn’t sit well with many of us bloggers who believe that blogging isn’t a competition.
This competition opened my eyes to many other problems with Bloglovin’. It’s a website that has the potential to be great, but at the moment it feel like they are taking all the wrong actions and upsetting their target market in the process.
Today I’m going to share some of the changes I would make it if I was in charge of/owned Bloglovin’ (which obviously isn’t going to happen!):
- There would be no competitions to encourage bloggers to gain as many followers as possible. Blogging isn’t a competition.
- There would be no affiliate link “shop”, because you know I’m not a big fan of them!
- I would ensure that the “Blogs you might like” weren’t just the most popular blogs on Bloglovin’ and instead look at the type of blogs you read and make decent suggestions.
- Similarly, I would not just suggest the most popular blogs in the “Explore” section of the website. I would encourage users to explore a variety of posts from blogs both large and small.
- I would make sure that the email subscription widget was use appropriately. It would only send out an email each time a new blog post was published instead of bombarding those who sign up with spam!
- I would add more categories and provide an option for “No category”, and everyone would have an equal chance of publicity regardless of what they blog about.
- I would remove inactive (1 year+) blogs. Of course, they could return at any time but I get sick and tired of seeing inactive blogs in the “Similar blogs” section. What are you trying to say Bloglovin’?
- I’d scrap the Bloglovin’ awards, or at least try to provide some variety. I’m getting tired of seeing the same bloggers up for the same award every time. Yawn!
Are you a fan of Bloglovin’? What would you change about the site if you could?