Bon Voyage GFC. Hello Bloglovin!

**UPDATE** I dug around and did a little research and discovered that if you followed a blog that had GFC and was affected by the phase out, they should still appear in your Google Reader feed. Yay! **

There is so much buzz going around the blogosphere about the disappearance of GFC.  Sad stuff I tell you.  Wordpress users are getting hit in just a couple days and that means my Google Reader will be missing a lot of my favorite blogs.  That just stinks because there are a ton of great blogs powered by WordPress.

I do like the Linky Followers widget, don’t get me wrong.  It’s really starting to catch on, but as a writer it’s kind of a pain.  I’ve noticed that it doesn’t automatically update my posts and that I need to do it manually.  Honestly for someone who posts 4-5 times per week with a toddler, a house full of dishes and laundry to be done, and is overjoyed when she can sneak a shower in during nap time, this can be a bummer.

I’ve discovered something that is just as user friendly as Google Reader, enter Bloglovin my friends.  It lets you install a little gadget into your browsers toolbar that automatically goes to the site to read your favorite blogs.  Bonus is that you can add any blog to your reader list.  If the blog doesn’t use LF or GFC, no biggie.  Just type in their url, add them to your list of favorite blogs and voila!  They’re in your reading list.  Bonus points is that updates automatically, shows an image from you post AND it has the first few lines from your post for the readers.  Pure awesomeness, right? Right.

Don’t worry faithful LF and GFC friends!  I won’t be giving up GFC until the bitter end and LF is great, but don’t worry if it says I haven’t posting in weeks.  It’s not true, it just means I’m too lazy to manually update my feed everyday.

So for those of you who really love your Google reader as much as I do and are looking for something similar, I totally recommend you give Bloglovin a try.  If you’d still like to keep up with the happenings of Craft Crazy Mom, but Bloglovin just isn’t your thing.  You can always follow me through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, RSS or by entering in your email on my sidebar.



Want to go ahead and start following yours truly on Bloglovin?  Follow my blog with Bloglovin to get started.  A blog post is never complete without a picture so here’s one of my cherub laughing hysterically at three months old to make you feel all warm and fuzzy.  Photo by Ethan’s Heart Photography.

I’ve got some exciting stuff in store tomorrow.  I’ll give you a hint.  It involves the color green, printables, and cupcakes.  Can you guess what it is?  Come back tomorrow to find out!






**Disclaimer** I was in no way compensated for my opinion on Bloglovin.  Just thought I’d share my two cents.

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  1. 1

    This is so frustrating. Thanks for sharing. Does this mean all the blogs I follow on my dashboard who aren't blogger will automatically disappear?

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Yep. Sad isn't it? I'm going to go through all my blogs tonight and add them to my Bloglovin. Rumor has it that it's going to be phased out for Blogger users also.

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    Hi Maria, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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    Nancy @ Life: Designed says:

    Say What??! I didn't know you had to manually update LF… hm… gotta look into the Bloglovin!! Thanks for sharing! Arg… I hate change! Haha

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I know, it stinks. You actually have to sign in and update every time you post. I just checked my blog on lF and it says it hasn't been updated…EVER! I just found out about this today. No bueno!

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    Rose :: Fine Craft Guild says:

    I am actually coming to your site re. the ** Follower linky ** blog hop. I WILL BE FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

    There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature 'your best creative work'. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:
    http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!