The other day, in the middle of a Facebook induced ‘woe is me moment’ (they happen more than I care to admit), I decided for about 15 seconds that I wasn’t going to blog any more. For that entire quarter of a minute it was all too hard to be bothered with. Writing stuff you hope people relate to, and then spending a huge amount of time using social media to convince people that they should read it, is no small effort.
Of course the moment passed, and I thought ‘well if I don’t write then what do I do?’ and I promptly got over the whole thing.
One of the biggest frustrations (I believe) for bloggers is the fickleness (is that a word?) of Facebook. One moment, you’re all anyone is talking about, and the next minute, crickets.
And it’s not as if any of it makes sense. You can follow all the rules and the guidelines and the handy-dandy tips as much as you like, but some days The Capitol has no intention of letting you be heard unless you pay them to do so. It’s just the way things are, and lucky for us, apparently it’s only going to get worse. #sarcasmfont
As a result of this diminished reach, all us comment-hungry internet writers are trying to think of different ways to generate traffic to out websites. There’s talk Google Plus is handy, and I’d agree, but I’ve met a lot of people that don’t even know what Google Plus is. The tech geeks (said lovingly) enjoy it, and so do my stats, but honestly most of us barely have time for the social media addictions we do have, without adding another. There’s no real need for the average person who just wants to keep up with their friends to use google plus instead of FB, and if they aren’t moving, that’s a huge chunk of audience getting missed.
Not that FB is reaching them anyway, but I digress…
There’s been a push towards email subscription. A valid argument, because it means you never miss a post, and for the website owner, it’s something tangible that can be measured. We like the numbers and knowing how many people have signed up to read our stuff, makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.
Honestly though, for me, I don’t subscribe. Not even for a competition. I have about 4 blogs that come to my inbox, and truth be told I barely read them. It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s just because of the way I use my time. I want to read blogs when I can, and I won’t do it as soon as my inbox tells me too. I’ll leave it for later, but then I rarely get back to it. Email checking time is used for contacting people, not chilling out reading.
But that’s just me. For some people this is the best option, and if that’s you, feel free to add EssentiallyJess to your inbox. 🙂
My only problems with that is that sometimes leaving a comment is trickier (you may have to click-through to the actual site), or some bloggers truncate the post so you only get a few lines which is just annoying. Also, if you haven’t logged in for a while, there can be a long list to get through to read your favourites.
And really, that’s what’s at the heart of my dilemma. A lot of the time, I’m missing the updates from my favourite bloggers and I don’t want to be.
Enter my latest idea.
Bookmarking blogs on my iPhone.
I have been using this for a while with my own site, just for ease, and then thought ‘why don’t I do it for all the blogs I love?’ That way, when I’m stuck in a doctors office, or sitting on the loo, I can just load the site straight away, and read to my heart’s content.
Plus it’s in app form, which just appeals to me.
Now if you’re not in the know, Apple has made it so that you can add any website to the home screen of your phone or iPad, and the site then appears in an app like box, which will be launched through Safari when you click on it. It won’t take you through any third parties so it loads quicker, and you hit the home page so you can see straight up what you’ve been missing it lately.
Here’s how you do it.
Step 1. Open up the blog you love in Safari. Essentially Jess is a good place to start. 😉
Step 2. Tap on the weird-looking box with an arrow thing, at the bottom. You may have to double tap, or scroll to the top of the page to bring this up.
Step 3. Click on Add to Home Screen
Step 4. Most sites will come up with their name, but you can rename them if you like.
Step 5. Put all your faves in a nice little folder of blogs, for easy access whenever you like.
And that’s done. EssentiallyJess, (and all the rest), at the click of a finger.
How do you read blogs?
Does FB frustrate you as well?
Do you ever make decisions based on 15 seconds of moping? 😉
Linking, as usual, with Grace.