How to keep up with your favourite travel blogs {+ how it can help grow your social media following}

I don’t know about you but I’m often overwhelmed by the amount of travel blogs floating around the blogosphere.

There are loads of blogs I love to read but they get lost in the epic mass of boring updates and pointless posts. My Twitter feed is a never-ending stream of ‘new posts’ and ‘latest reads’ and my Facebook is filled with sponsored ads and ice bucket challenges.

Surely there’s a simple way to read blogs and keep up to date with your favourites without missing their latest posts?

Here are some of my favourite ways to keep up-to-date with blogs and how following and sharing blogs can help grow your social media following.

How other blogs can help grow your Facebook and Twitter following

As a freelancer, one of the main things I do is social media consultation with bloggers and brands. The first question I’m always asked is how they can grow their social media following.

Here’s what I always say:

Share valuable content – People will follow you if you’re regularly sharing content they find interesting and valuable. Become an expert and give people a reason to follow you.

Share sharable content – The best way to organically grow your following is by getting retweets, shares and comments. Share things that are valuable or entertaining to encourage other people to share too.

Share regularly – There’s a fine line between spamming and being active on social media but if you’re sharing the right content then the more active you are, the more followers you will have. If you don’t have time to sit on Twitter and Facebook all day, look into scheduling things via Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and Facebook.

Share the love – Don’t just share your own content. Share from blogs of all niches, from websites, news sites, anywhere really.

It’s usually around about now that most of my clients are starting to panic. Argh, where are we going to find all this amazing content to share? We only have so much of our own content, it’ll take all day to find valuable content from the rest of the web and we don’t have the time for that!

It’s OK, don’t panic. There are easy ways to read your fave blogs!

How to keep up to date with your favourite blogs

Feedly

My favourite tool for reading blogs is Feedly.com. It’s really worth spending some time on this to get it set up exactly how you like. I have about 500 blogs in my Feedly and I have them split into different categories. (The rest of my life isn’t this organized so I have no idea how I’ve managed it with my Feedly!)

My categorize are things like travel blogs, fashion blogs, food blogs, blogs about blogging, news, London blogs, friend’s blogs. You get the idea!

How to follow blogs | Feedly


 

Bloglovin’

My second favourite tool is Bloglovin’ and I like this because it suggests new blogs based on the ones you already follow. You can also organize your blogs into categorize and mark off the ones you’ve read. The Bloglovin’ app is great for when you’re on the go or to lazily scroll through before you get up in the morning.

Top Tip: If you want a quick cheat, go onto the profiles of active Bloglovin’ users and check out who they’re following and follow the same. Here’s who I follow.

How to follow blogs | Bloglovin

 


 

Twitter Lists

I’m surprised more people don’t take advantage of Twitter lists. I organize the people I follow on Twitter into different lists (similar to my Feedly categorize). I then use Tweetdeck to show those lists in streams. I currently have bout 20 streams showing different types of content. I follow nearly 4,000 people on Twitter so without some kind of organization it’s just a mess and I can’t keep up! I ‘favourite’ a lot of tweets if it’s something I know I’ll want to come back to and read properly.

How to follow blogs | Tweetdeck


Sign up for email updates

For my absolutely favourite blogs I sign up for email updates. I don’t do this for many blogs because it can clog up your inbox but this is a fool proof way to make sure each blog post comes to you.

Do you have any more ways you like to keep up with your favourite travel blogs?

TheTravelHack

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (20)
  1. Yes! I do all of these things and it’s really, really helpful. I spent a while setting up my Feedly and sorting out the categories so it was all organised, and I’m so glad I did because it makes finding blog posts so much easier!

    I also love Bloglovin, as it’s a bit more social, and I think it’s great for visibility – I especially love their “popular posts” tab where I go to find new blogs to follow 🙂

    Twitter lists are great, and I also set up different columns in Tweetdeck for specific hashtags that I’m interested in, so that when people tweet a post out with a hashtag I can see it there even if I’m not following them.

  2. Great advice Monica, Bloglovin is a particular favourite of mine. I just need to be more organised and avoid duplicate subscriptions by e-mail and by Bloglovin, that would help me really clean out my inbox!

  3. Great post!

    I have another tip for growing your social following. The Just Unfollow App is awesome! It works for Twitter and Instagram and allows you to find new engaged people to follow based on keyword (hashtag) or to see the most engaged followers of similar Twitter users! It also shows you all the inactive people you are following making it easy to manage your Twitter feed!

  4. I’d never heard of Feedly until now… And actually, don’t quite understand how it works right now, but i’ll look into it when i have the time ! And Bloglovin is great for organization.

  5. As a true blonde, I have trouble even putting the right shoes on the right feet in the morning.

    So this post has been a great help – thank you.

    I will endeavour to be a more organised and grown-up travel blogger from this moment on.

    Although, I may still struggle with shoes.

    Claire 🙂

    Ps: I even got the security sum wrong.

    TravelCandy.net

  6. Such a helpful post. I’m already obsessed with Bloglovin and my Twitter is very organised in lists, but I didn’t realise I could view those lists so easily in Tweetdeck, will be setting that up later 🙂

  7. This is great! I particularly agree with your point about Sharing the Love! It can be so easy to get caught up thinking of brand new ideas of what to write about when one of our fellow bloggers could have nailed the topic perfectly. Sharing other great content from our peers if just another way we can get information to our readers that they really will benefit from reading. thanks for the heads up on Feedly, going to check it out now!

  8. Monica, I’ve just spent the last hour or so reading through your blogging advice posts and they’re terrific! I had no idea about Feedly and since I’m having a hard time keeping up with my favorite blogs, this seems like the perfect way to keep track of them. You’re going straight on my list, too. THANK YOU for being so inspirational!

    1. Thanks so much Miriam, I’m so glad you’ve found them useful! I’m a massive fan of Feedly. I’m also starting to use Bloglovin’ more because I’ve actually got round to organising the blogs I follow into specific categorise.

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