Blogging Tips: How to Use Feedly (+ Why It’s My Favorite Feed Reader!)

 
 

When I first started blogging, I used live bookmarks instead of a feed reader, but eventually I was following too many blogs to keep up with, and it was too much work to check for new posts.

I then switched to Bloglovin’, but it seemed like they weren’t showing me all the posts from blogs I was following, it was difficult to organize the blogs, and I couldn’t figure out a way to remove posts I’d already read or wasn’t interested in.

So then I switched to Feedly, and WOW. It honestly made such a difference for me. Blog hopping is so much easier now! And I’m finding so many awesome posts that I would’ve been missing out on before.

That’s why I wanted to make this post, to let everyone else who’s not happy with their current system know about another option that I think works great. I’m not going to get too technical with how to do everything since you can probably figure that out or find tutorials, but hopefully this post will help you with the basics and show you all why it is that I love Feedly so much!

 

 

The Basics of Feedly

Feedly Interface

Here’s what the interface looks like. On the left (which I have blurred so that no one will be offended by how I’ve organized things), you have all the blogs you follow. In the middle, you have the latest posts. There are a few different layouts you can choose for that, but I like the “magazine layout” shown above so that I can see the post title, a bit of excerpt, and the image.

If you hover over a post (I’m hovering over the first one in this image, though you can’t see the cursor), you have options to mark a post as read (the checkmark), mark it as read and hide it (the X), save it for later (the bookmark), or add it to a board (the star). If you click, it brings up the post/excerpt. I just right click and open in new tab, and that opens the post for me on the actual blog.

If you go to the column on the left, you can choose to show posts for all blogs, just one of your categories, or a specific blog. There are more option and things you can do, of course, but that pretty much sums up the basic uses!

And now for all the great things you can do with Feedly that make it my favorite…

 

Import Blogs You Already Follow

If you already use another feed reader, like Bloglovin’, you might be able to export the blogs you follow from there and then import them into Feedly. I recommend this helpful blog post for more in-depth information on how to do that :-)

 

Add New Blogs

You can also add blogs the old-fashioned way ;-) There’s a search bar at the top, and all you have to do is paste the blog’s URL, hit enter, then click “follow” when the blog comes up! You can also choose if you want to put it into any categories, which leads me to the next point…

 

Create Categories and Organize the Blogs You Follow

Categories are great for organizing. If you follow different kinds of blogs, you could create categories for topics. Or you could create a category for your favorite blogs in case you only have a little bit of time to blog hop. And you can put blogs into more than one category if you want.

There might be more than one way to add new categories, but here’s how I do it. Click on any of the blogs from their column on the left. Click the button at the top right that looks like 3 dots (“more options”), click “organize,” and then you have the option to change which categories that blog is in or to add new categories (“new feed”).

 

Mark Off Posts You’ve Already Visited or Aren’t Interested In

This, to me, is the most helpful thing about Feedly. I can quickly and easily go through the list of unread posts and X out the ones I’m not interested in. This leaves me with a nice, manageable, easy-to-see list of the posts I am interested in. And if I don’t have time to visit them all now, no worries, I can come back later, and it keeps things how I left them. There will be new posts, but I just do the X-ing out again, and I’m once again left with only the posts I’m interested in and haven’t read yet. You can also mark posts to read later, but I’ve never even had a need to use that feature.

 

Save Posts to Boards

You can create a board for posts you commented on so that you can check back, for your favorite posts, posts you think might come in handy later—anything that might be useful to you! The button to create a new board is right in the column on the left, near the bottom.

 

Easily Remove Blogs that Are No Longer Active

In the left column, right next to where it says “feeds,” there’s a little gear symbol. When you click that, it brings up a page that shows you inactive and unreachable blogs so you can easily declutter your list by removing them (although you may not want to unfollow all the inactive ones since sometimes people go on hiatus and comes back!). It also allows you to batch edit by selecting multiple blogs and unfollowing or moving them to a different category all at once.

 

Follow Me!

If you’re already on Feedly or this post has convinced you to sign up, don’t forget to give my blog a follow—here’s my feed!

 
 
 

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  1. Mallory @ SheisBookish

    This is awesome!! I’ve also been wondering lately if Bloglovin’ is showing me all my blog posts – I have a few blogger friends and I swear I never see anything that they write. (Plus I’d really like to hide some of the posts I’m not intersted in) I’ve been tempted to switch to Feedly, but it seemed daunting to set-up everything all over again. Really excited that you can do an export form Bloglovin’ to Feedly (fingers crossed it works!). Thanks for passing this along – super helpful, Kristen!!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Glad I could help! I’m 99% sure I was missing posts on BL. And I hated that I couldn’t ever mark the ones I already read or didn’t want to read. It made the list overwhelming. I was daunted too, but it’s not that difficult, I promise! The BL to Feedly transfer worked perfectly for me :-)

  2. JJ @ This Dark Material

    This came at the perfect time! I’ve been debating switching my blog-hopping over to Feedly, as well as adding a follow link for my own blog too. The idea of learning and integrating a new platform sounded like too much work but now you’ve pretty well convinced me it wouldn’t be! Thanks so much for the tips Kristen :)

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  3. Liz Scanlon

    Timely post! I recently made some changes on how I get notifs for new posts from ALL the blogs I follow as my inbox started to scare me day after day, week after week and stressed me out! :D I have currently arranged to get web notifs for majority of them and the ones I REALLY enjoy visiting all the time still arrive in my inbox. I’ll give this a bit of time to test it how it works for me and if no joys, I think Feedly sounds pretty darned great! Thanks!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I have perfect timing then! I can’t stand having my inbox cluttered (more so than it already is w/ publisher newsletters and whatnot lol), so I don’t get email notifs for any blogs. As long as you find something that works for you, that’s all that matters, whether it’s email or Feedly or BL or something else!

  4. Valerie

    Yes I love Feedly and have been using it for the past few years or so. I really like the feature that gets rid of inactive blogs, and also that I can save posts/put blogs in different categories! I know one of my biggest gripes with Feedly used to be that they took away the “Open directly in website” button (because I wanted to go directly to the website when I clicked on the post), BUT IT’S BACK NOW :D So I am content.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s so great! To be honest, I don’t end up using the categories often lol, but I LOVE that we can X out posts and remove them from the feed. Oh, if I couldn’t go directly to the website then that would bother me, so I’m glad they brought that back!

  5. Sophie Eloy

    Wow this is really interesting! I will save this for later and try it as following my feed is the most difficult thing for me as a blogger. Thank you!

  6. Tizzy Brown

    I just switched to Feedly yesterday actually as I was so fed up with not being able to organise Bloglovin’ properly. There seemed to be no easy way to move blogs from one category to another. I am super impressed with Feedly so far. It does everything I wanted and more and I think it’ll be so much easier to keep up with my blog reading from now on.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yes, I was so fed up with BL too. Everything is so difficult there! And they never show you everything! But I feel the same way about Feedly! I’ve gotten so much better at bloghopping.

  7. Karen

    I have Bloglovin but I never use it and I never used the blogger feed either when they had it. I use the bookmarks – I have all my blogs alphabetical. I have my set group I visit everyday then add in new ones based on tweets/comments etc. So far, it isn’t an overwhelming list but if it got to be I would look at Feedly. BL pisses me off with all their suggestions that having nothing to do with who I follow. lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Using book marks, you actually have to go visit, or w/ live bookmarks you have to hover over each individual one. That was too much work for me. But each person has what works for them! I def rec Feedly over BL though!

  8. Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

    Great post! I’m going to have to check that out. I’ve been recently trying to build up my bloglovin’ so it kind of seems like a pain to rebuild my list. So I guess I can offer it as an alternative for people to follow. But it seems like a great way to organize. Thanks for posting this. :)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Well the good thing is, you don’t have to have everyone follow you in the same way you follow blogs. Everyone has a diff way of following, and you can mention any/all in your stats :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      BL just really frustrated me. So yeah, I was relying mostly on commenting back, but that was causing me to miss out on a lot. I’ve really been liking Feedly though!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, you can’t really look at it until you sign up. There’s a little sponsored ad for Squarespace in the screenshot I shared. That’s the only ad I’ve ever seen, just a little one in your feed like that, and sometimes not even that. I think they mostly make their money by having an upgrade you can pay for.

  9. Cee @ Dora Reads

    I haven’t really looked at feedly (tbh I find blog-readers in general quite confusing.) I use BlogLovin’ on the whole (there’s a ‘mark as read’ button to get rid of the posts you’ve already read/have no interest in,) – it just seems to work for me! XD

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Oh, there IS a ‘mark as read’ button on BL? Has that always been there? I feel like how could I not have noticed that if it was there when I was still using it? Lol. Well I still had lots of issues with BL, like how it didn’t show me all the posts. But if it works for you, then that’s good! Everyone just has to find what works for them :-)

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    This post! 🙏 When I first started blogging, I had *no clue* how to use feedly or even really what it was. I ended up using Bloglovin’ because it was easier to figure out, and over the years I’ve learned a lot more about how to navigate it and I like it a lot more now. For the moment I’m loyal to Bloglovin’, but it’s a relief to know that should I want to start using feedly instead, I’ll have a post to help guide me along! 😂

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Bloglovin’ is the widely used one that everyone talks about, so that’s what I started using too. But I just had too many issues with it, especially not showing me all the posts and making things really difficult to organize. So I’m glad I switched to Feedly. But everyone has to find what works for them!

  11. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I tried Feedly and could never totally get used to it. I did find it more user friendly but I admit I like that I can use Bloglovin and get it to automatically go to the blog I want to read rather than having the reader pane and then have to open it to comment. I do think more people need to know about Feedly though so this post is brilliant. Hopefully, you’ll manage to convert a few folks. Also, totally didn’t know you can import blogs so I’m gonna check out that post and maybe give Feedly another shot.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Everyone just has to find what works for them! I’m not really on a mission to convert people lol, I’ve just seen a lot of people complain about their current methods, and I had been struggling too, so I thought maybe Feedly would help them :-) But I just right click and open in new window, which is what I did on BL too, and it opens the page on the blog, so I don’t really know what you’re talking about there?

  12. Fran

    What a very informative post! I didn’t know there were other feed websites. I’ve used Bloglovin for a long time, although there has been a controversy a while ago about BL posting other people’s blog posts on their own site… Do you know if Feedly is safer on that front? I’ll definitely bookmark this, as it looks like there are a lot of useful options. :)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Glad I could help inform! Honestly? I thought that whole thing was blown way out of proportion. That’s what feed readers do, they show blog posts. Same for email subscriptions. The only way to change that is to set your blog so that it only shares the excerpt instead of the full post. (That’s how mine is set.) And if you have a blog with an rss feed, it’s going to show up on feed readers and people can follow you whether you’re signed up there or not (unless maybe you change the coding to block feed readers or something, but idk about that). BL ended up putting a comment section on the posts as well, which was a problem, but I think that was an accident as they were working on making BL an actual blogging platform in addition to a feed reader. But anyway, I still like Feedly better, just for the ease of use and organization!

  13. Gayathri

    Oh I started with Feedly few months ago and I am in love with it. I totally depend on the categories and board features for all kinda blog hops and leaving comments. I group them based on the frequency of blog posts ( so that I will know how sooner I should return) and based on the subject as well. Great post.

  14. Lola

    I don’t really have a system for following blogs right now. It’s a bit of a mess with some that i follow on social media and a few bookmarks and I haven’t gone in bloglovin for a while. I can remember that before I tried bloglovin I gave feedly a chance, but that I thought it was confusing (I didn’t really give it much time tough) and I ended up going with bloglovin. but I like how you describe it here so i might give it another chance eventually. It sounds like it has way more options to organize things than bloglovin and it’s also nice you can easily hide a post or save a post for later. I can definitely see why you like using feedly.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I find Feedly to be really simple, but yeah, every new feed reader or website or anything is confusing at first cuz it’s so new. It def helps with organization!

  15. Olivia Roach

    I have heard of Feedly before but I have never used it myself! I’m not sure about getting into it though – just because it would be a re-haul of how I do things already and although it sounds like it would be SO beneficial for me and for keeping more up to date with the blogs I love, I know it would take sweet time to do it. I’m marking this blog post and on a lazy day in the future or when I have more time I’m gonna give it a try :)

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I mean, if you already have a method that works for you, then that’s all that matters! But I know that I wasn’t happy with the other methods I tried, and I’ve seen a lot of people having the same issues, so I thought it might be helpful to those people :-)

  16. Fanna

    Wow! I had no idea Feedly was this helpful. I don’t know, I thought it must be some old interface when it comes to keeping a track of blog posts but well, i’m glad I was wrong, haha. I love how we can cross of the ones I’m not interested in reading, like that gives me a clear view of what I have to and want to read thereby saving a lot of my time. Definitely going to try this out :D