Keeping Up With the Blogosphere features posts from around the blogosphere, from whatever month just passed. Instead of sharing every single post that I discovered during the month, I only share the best of the best! The ones that gave me chills, that made me return several times to follow up on the discussion that was happening, and the ones that maybe I’ve already shared in some way but that I think deserve even more attention.
Fadwa from Word Wonders is wondering, Where Are the Positive Female Friendships in YA?
I started noticing this very -unsettling- pattern. Good, sturdy, girl friendships are so very rare in that age group and it’s REALLY weird because I was a teenager not so long ago and I remember my friends being such a big part of my daily life that I couldn’t wrap my head around this “trend” of making friendships either inexistant, superficial or straight up toxic. What’s up with that?
Jordon from Simply Adrift has some tips for writing kick-ass content. I really liked all of her suggestions for writing better content, but I especially enjoyed her section where she talked about asking yourself questions:
What is this post about? | Who do I want to read this? | What am I trying to show/teach/discuss? | What are my main points? | What is unnecessary and should I remove it? | Why do I want to write this post?
BlogLovin’ had Ashley from Nose Graze up in arms with her post about how Bloglovin’ is Stealing Posts.
Bloglovin’ is adding your full posts to their website and telling Google that THEIR VERSION is the original.
And it seems like Ashley isn’t alone in her outrage. Johanna Montana wrote Bloglovin’. More like Blogstealin’, AmIRite? about the same subject, even going so far as to find a way to have her blog removed from Bloglovin’s website!
Personally I’ve already taken my links to Bloglovin’ off my blog and will no longer be promoting them, and I’m more than likely to try and remove my blog from Bloglovin’, too… I’m still uncomfortable about them pulling my photos and copying them to their site without so much as asking for permission. And why would I give them permission? If a reader reads my posts off of Bloglovin’ and decided to pin one of my images onto Pinterest, they are pinning Bloglovin’s link and not mine. If they share the post from Bloglovin, it promotes Bloglovin’s link and not mine (my name doesn’t even get a mention). Bloglovin’ are yet again stealing my traffic!
Other bloggers are also calling it quits, encouraging their readers to subscribe via email as they move onto a different RSS reader, like Feedly. Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons is one such blogger.
What’s crazy-est (to me) is how far back bloggers’ have had issues with Bloglovin’. For example, Stephanie from These Paper Sites took issue with Bloglovin’ TWO YEARS a go, specifically for their follow by email widget.
1) You are spamming your email followers. They’re getting over 3 times as many emails than they were expecting. 2)They never receive your full post in an email. It’s just an excerpt with a bunch of other posts 3) Your post could be combined with other Bloglovin’ blogs they follow (you don’t stand out in their inbox).
- Fadwa from Word Wonders is wondering, Where Are the Positive Female Friendships in YA?
- Jordon from Simply Adrift has some tips for writing kick-ass content.
- Ashley from Nose Graze was up in arms with her post about how Bloglovin’ is Stealing Posts.
- Johanna Montana wrote Bloglovin’. More like Blogstealin’, AmIRite? about the same subject.
- Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons is leaving Bloglovin’ in the dust.
- Proving Bloglovin’ has a history of being problematic, Stephanie from These Paper Sites took issue with Bloglovin’ TWO YEARS a go for their follow by email widget.
What were some of your favourite posts from the month? Any you think I need to know about?