How to Find New Blogs to Read

Have you ever found yourself bored with visiting the same blogs all the time? I do. That’s why I make a concerted effort to find new blogs to read every few months. Often, I find new blogs just by checking out other bloggers’ blogrolls. But, I’ve realized there’s more than one way to discover new blogs to read. Below are four of my favorite ways:

CHECK OUT BLOGGERS’ DISQUS ACTIVITY

Here at Brown Girl Bloggers, we’re obvious fans of the Disqus commenting system. One great thing about Disqus is that it logs its users’ comment activity, making it easy to find out which blogs other bloggers are reading and commenting on. If you click on any user’s Disqus profile, their recent activity will appear. (Note: Some users make their activity private.) When the activity appears, scroll through to see if any of the posts they’ve responded to interests you. If so, click the link to the blog post and head over to that person’s blog.

EXPLORE BLOGLOVIN’

On Bloglovin’, you can follow blogs that you want to keep tabs on. When you sign up, you can create a feed of your favorite blogs so that all their new posts show up in a single feed. In addition to following blogs on Bloglovin’, you can also explore and discover other blogs in various niches. If you click the ‘Discover’ tab, you’ll see the most popular blogs. You can filter them by category (e.g. beauty, fashion, DIY, food, etc.) to find the ones you’re most interested in.

PARTICIPATE IN TWITTER CHATS

After participating in only two Brown Girl Blogger Twitter chats, I’ve been introduced to dozens of new bloggers who I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own, which is one of the benefits of joining them. The easiest way to go about finding new blogs during Twitter chats is to participate in the chats you’re genuinely interested in. This way, you’ll have more to add to the conversation and you’ll be more likely to stick around for the duration of the chat and meet other bloggers.

READ LINK ROUND-UPS

We have our own version of link round-ups called This Week’s Links wherein we link to share-worthy content written by brown girl bloggers. It’s our way of showing love to brown girl bloggers who support us, as well as introducing the BGB audience to content from their peers. These days many bloggers are doing some variation of link round-ups on their blogs. So if you’re looking to find new blogs to read, don’t skip over link round-ups. Click on some of the links included in the blogger’s round-up and comment on the posts you find most interesting.

How do you find new blogs to read? Let us know in the comments below.

P.S. Is the blogroll dead?

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She's obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she's not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.