Ever discover something only to find out that everyone else in the known universe has been using it for ages? I’m definitely late to the party (and not fashionably so) when it comes to the Bloglovin website. This post is for those remaining one or two people on the planet who don’t know about this fabulous site. Think of it like Pinterest for blog posts.
Bloglovin’ for Beginners
First, go to the website and sign up. There’s no fee, and you can easily log-on using your Facebook account (which is what I did). If you don’t use Facebook, you can create a username and password to get access. I also recommend downloading the app on your smartphone. This way you can read your favorite blogs from any location. I carpool with a fellow teacher, and on days when it’s her turn to drive, I often catch up on my blog posts during the morning commute to work.
Follow Your Favorites
Now it’s time to start following some favorite teacher-bloggers, and there are plenty to choose from on Bloglovin! Not sure where to begin? Just do a search for anyone you follow on Teachers Pay Teachers. Here are just a few that I like to follow:
- Clutter-Free Classroom
- Teaching with a Mountain View
- Corkboard Connections
- Lovin’ Lit
- Fourth Grade Studio
- The Science Penguin
Okay, enough already. You get the idea – there’s a vast resource of ideas available ready to inspire any teacher in any classroom.
Pinterest for Blog Posts
What I love most about Bloglovin (an appropriately named website!) is that you can save posts in collections much the same way you would save a photo on a board on Pinterest. Perfect! For example, I read a great blog post about teaching decimal place value. Only thing is, I read that post in August and I don’t teach decimal place value until February. No way am I going to remember those ideas without some technological assistance! Now I have it saved in a collection and can easily reference it when the time comes.
My New Daily Habit
What about those posts that were nice to read, but nothing you want to save? Click the “mark as read” phrase and refresh the page… now it’s gone from your feed. The only down-side to the site for me is that you do have to see ads in your newsfeed. There isn’t a lot, but so far I haven’t figured out how to get rid of those, and it may not be possible. I’m sure those ads pay for the site and allow teachers like you and me to use the service they provide for free. Bloglovin is definitely a habit I will be adding to my professional life, and I am already checking the app every day to get my latest “teacher inspiration fix” along with my morning caffeine!