If you are busy this summer like me, you barely noticed that Google Reader has bit the dust. Thankfully there are a couple of new feed readers you can use to keep up with your favorite blogs. Many have a more visual format, similar to Pinterest. I think some of you like that sort of thing. 😉 In both cases below, you can import your current feeds. I do think this is a great opportunity to reduce the online clutter you may have and just start with your top 10 favorite blogs to read.


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Follow my blog with Bloglovin

This is my current go-to blog reader. I use it primarily on my iPhone so download the app too. My only con so far is you can’t pin from the mobile app. I hope they add this function in a future upgrade.


Feedly Blog Reader

 Another popular option. I like being able to categorize my favorite blogs here. Overall though I like the Bloglovin layout better.

How do you keep up with your favorite blogs? Feed readers? Facebook? Or old-fashioned email? If you want to get all the latest posts delivered right to your inbox, head over here.

p.s. Thanks for your patience as I take a maternity leave/vacation this month. I’ll return next month with new stories!

My head is still swimming a bit from all the new information and people I learned from over my time at Blissdom last week. There were speakers, workshops, and great conversations at lunch. The highlight of the weekend though was the kick-off keynote speaker, Scott Stratten. I couldn’t write about Blissdom until I wrote about what I learned from Scott’s motivating talk.

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  1. Brands shouldn’t just be awesome to influencers, they should be awesome to everyone.
  2. Marketing is not a task, it’s a verb.
  3. Knowledge plus passion equals profit.
  4. Don’t treat Twitter as a broadcasting tool. It should be about 75% replies.
  5. The secret to social is to be social.
  6. Branding happens in real-time. Don’t get burned by not having alerts set up to see if someone is talking about your business.
  7. Humanize your brand.
  8. The best time to post is when you have something to say.
  9. Pinterest works because of passion, not profit.
  10. Don’t use technology because you can, use it because you should.

Scott knew his audience was filled with bloggers and social influencers at many different levels. I appreciated his passion for making businesses better, while making sure his ideas are practical and thoughtful to a wide audience. If I get the chance to hear him again, I will jump on it.

In the meantime, you can find Scott on Twitter and I’m just getting started reading his book The Book of Business Awesome / The Book of Business UnAwesome. I’ll share a little more about the overall Blissdom experience in my next post.