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After all the heartache and anger that was directed at Bloglovin’ over the weekend, I’ve decided to start to phase out my Bloglovin’ account. Which is sad because I have thousands of followers on there. But after the canonical url issues, and the fact that despite having changed the canonical issue, if you pin one of my posts from Bloglovin’ Bloglovin gets the credit.

So I’m giving all my dear readers notice now, that eventually, I will ask Bloglovin’ to remove my blog from their account and delete my RSS feed from their system. (And then I can change my RSS to not be just a preview anymore.) If you’d like to still follow along, please put your email address into the box on the right hand side to subscribe to get my posts straight to your inbox. Or add me to your RSS feed in something like Feedly. Last but not least, hooray! I’ll also start creating a newsletter that you can sign up for.  And you can do so below. I’ll only ever send out a newsletter once a week featuring all that’s happened lately on Rhyme & Ribbons and any other posts out there in the blogosphere that I think need extra love! 

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  • Excellent call dude, I may just have to follow suit!

  • Not sure if I managed to subscribe or not, can you check please? Pretty sure as I always get your posts directly to my inbox anyway (as I’ve done with most of my favourite vlogs that offer it as well) but I didn’t know if your newsletter would be different? Alice xxxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • I’m going to try to attempt to make my newsletter different (and attempt to actually have it come out once a week as promised.) But you’re on there! xx

  • Oh what happened? Honestly, I totally get it…I’ve been finding Bloglovin pretty awful of late. Need to find a few platform to use because I do like to have all the blogs I follow in one place. Will definitely sign up though! Can I ask what are you using for your newsletter?xx

    • I just signed up for the free account on mailchimp.

      So the bloglovin’ drama: some much more astute techie blogger noticed that bloglovin’ had changed the code on the back end of their site so that any post on bloglovin was automatically the “canonical post” aka the real one. Therefore the “copy” (aka the original) on our own sites was a copycat post, relegating all of our actually blogs to spam in the eyes of google. By doing this, bloglovin was getting all the credit and seo scores from any content we created. So if someone pinned your post, the pin credit went to bloglovin’ not your site. The code was only up for the weekend, and after being called out on it, on Monday morning bloglovin said it had been an “unfortunate accident”. But I just don’t but that. How do you “accidentally” insert a piece of code into your site? And if a blogger hadn’t caught the issue and called them out on it, how long would it have gone on where they were taking all the seo/google credit for our work? Maybe it genuinely was an accident, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth.

      After the bloglovin’ debacle this weekend, I created a feedly account and you can add any site you want to your RSS feed on there, but as a feed reader, I don’t really like the feedly format. Back in 2013 when I first made the switch from reading blogs on blogger to bloglovin’ I LOVED the way that you could read them on Bloglovin’ so I’m especially frustrating to have them slowly destroying everything I loved about the platform.

      • Oh my gosh what utter rubbish. You know I started hating Bloglovin when the new formatting came through and they started promoting random posts to me from blogs that I didn’t even follow, but this is the cherry on top! Yes I’m the same I signed up for Feedly and Bloglovin around the same time but feedly is so awful to look at lol, unfortunate.

        Yes sorry for asking prematurely – I signed up and saw it was Mailchimp. I signed up ages ago and was committed to make it work when I started my free resource guide thing, but didn’t want to pay for a mail box to hide my address…although I don’t live in a very busy and interesting place haha

      • I read the answer here – what a tech expert to understand/notice – I so am NOT!
        I just like a feed for reading. I don’t like all the extra posts I don’t follow, but honestly I just ignore them and mark as read.

  • That is terrible! I didn’t know they did that. I think I’ll jump ship too, although it is a bummer because that is how I follow all blogs. Maybe it is time to move to Feedly.

  • All this mess makes me glad I never got into Bloglovin’ in the first place. I understand why everyone loves it, but between the frames and the fact that I was constantly being alerted to my follower count (I don’t like paying attention to numbers unless I have to), I dropped it for Feedly years ago. All I ever wanted was a feed reader and it seemed like it was trying to be way more than that.

    But hey, those who loved your content will find a way to follow you no matter where you go or what outlets you block. And if nothing else, I’m sure some will appreciate the mailing list option! Keep doing what you’re doing πŸ™‚

    Asti || bit.ly/atypicalnarrative

    • I’ve been slowly adding all my favourites over onto my newly created feedly account. I had originally opted for bloglovin’ over (the now defunct) google reader and feedly because the format was easiest for me to read but it’s just nonsense now!

      Do you know if there is any way to upload all the blogs I read on bloglovin’ over to feedly, without me typing them all in? x

  • subscribed!

  • The way the internet is going is making me sad, and making me withdraw from pretty much all of it. Pinterest is a disgrace of unsolicited spam and advertising in my feed (deleted), Twitter, Facebook were a visual mess of annoying content in the order they ascribed (deleted) and Insta, my only social media left, is going down the same route. It’s on borrowed time. Bloglovin used to be just a feed and it was so so useful, now it’s full of posts form blogs I don’t follow. :sigh:

    Well done you, I’ve signed up and as most of the blogs I used to love and follow are now just mouthpieces for corporations and it’s all fake and managed and promoted, I won’t miss Bloglovin if I just get email alerts of new posts form the few I still enjoy.

    • I’m hugely disappointed because until all the Bloglovin’ changes this fall it was my favourite reading platform. I like having everything in one place for convenience and I found it so much easier to read on than (the now defunct) google reader, or feedly, etc.

      And don’t get me started on instagram. It’s my favourite social media platform but it’s just full of so much bullish*t lately. So much sponsored content, I miss posts from my favourite people because of this stupid algorithm, all the follow/unfollow antics and buying followers. Seeing as how so many platforms are ruining themselves, I’d LOVE if instagram pulled it back from the edge but I just don’t think it will.

      • No, it won’t. There’s money to be made, as long as that’s the case it will never pull back. Insta is now making me feel like FB did, that nothing is real and everything is staged and manipulated and it’s so depressing. I may go back to FlickR, that was about the photography and not the money making.

  • I of course subscribed because that is how I roll and being short and fat eg round I roll down hill pretty nicely

  • What’s up with Bloglovin? I don’t think I’m following what the issue is?
    I’ll add you on my bookmark list of course, but I must be honest all my blog reading I do thru bloglovin as a feed as for me it feels the easiest (I’m not v techy at all!)

    • Ugh – that’s the problem for me. I don’t like the format of feedly or any of the other blog readers out there. I found bloglovin’ so easy to read on and I’ve been using it since about 2013 so I’m hugely disappointed! x

  • Cat

    Subscribed! I had no idea that Bloglovin had been up to such awful shenanigans – their updates have been annoying me for a while though! C x

  • I saw this all go down over the weekend, and like you I don’t quite understand how it could all be an ‘accident’. So shady. I don’t really use Bloglovin to read blogs as my feed was full of random blogs I never followed so I have a separate list of all my favourites and visit each blog individually, usually during my lunch break at work haha! But I do get a number of reads and views through it for my blog, so I’m still working out what to do about it myself as my blog is pretty small.
    I have subscribed to your mailing list and look forward to seeing your newsletter in my inbox! Have a lovely weekend! xx

    • It’s so shady! And it’s such a shame because I loved Bloglovin’ for so long – until they started with other recent changes this fall. I spent Friday night making a separate list of all the blogs that I read so that I don’t have to do it through Bloglovin’ any more. (Haha big night in, right?) x

  • I might have subscribed twice. Oops.

    So what happened with Bloglovin? You might have noticed I bought a house and moved this past weekend… My laptop and my Internet were not at the same location until Saturday night!

    • First of all: congrats again!

      So the bloglovin’ drama: some much more astute techie blogger noticed that bloglovin’ had changed the code on the back end of their site so that any post on bloglovin was automatically the “canonical post” aka the real one. Therefore the “copy” (aka the original) on our own sites was a copycat post, relegating all of our actually blogs to spam in the eyes of google. By doing this, bloglovin was getting all the credit and seo scores from any content we created. So if someone pinned your post, the pin credit went to bloglovin’ not your site. The code was only up for the weekend, and after being called out on it, on Monday morning bloglovin said it had been an “unfortunate accident”. But I just don’t but that. How do you “accidentally” insert a piece of code into your site? And if a blogger hadn’t caught the issue and called them out on it, how long would it have gone on where they were taking all the seo/google credit for our work? Maybe it genuinely was an accident, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth.

      • Wow, that’s really not good. I know that code–I use similar code on my blog posts when I republish them on The Huffington Post (which I haven’t done in a year, but that’s another story). It’s a way to confirm that my original post gets the SEO credit. (Although I also do similar coding on the syndicated version to connect the two, so Google doesn’t penalize HuffPo while still prioritizing my post, if that makes sense).

        I really love Bloglovin to follow all my favorite blogs, though. I don’t use it as a blog reader exactly, because I much prefer going to the original blog post to read posts rather than reading them within Bloglovin. I just don’t know of a better way to keep following all of my favorites. Twitter moves so fast, and Facebook rarely shows me bloggers I follow.

        • I’ve started adding all of my favourites into Feedly instead which is an old school RSS reader. It keeps track of them but it’s not as user friendly as bloglovin’ for sure!

  • I am doing the same – but I use Feedly to follow blogs, so I just went and put all my Bloglovin blogs that I read over on there. I will still be keeping up to date!

    • I moved all the blogs I follow over onto Feedly. I just don’t like the user interface as much as old bloglovin. (True non problems). x