How to Follow a Blog

Disclaimer: if you are a proficient blogger or blog follower, this post will be of no use to you. For those of us still learning, I hope this helps with some outstanding questions.

As I’ve been learning about blogging and discussing this blog with friends, several questions have been raised as to how to follow a blog. Isn’t there a way to subscribe? How do I know when a new post is up? I saw it on Facebook today, but what if I miss it in my newsfeed next time? Etc.

Here are a few (hopefully simple) answers to some of the basic questions. You have options and can choose the access method that works best for you. For simplicity’s sake, I will describe each option related to Looking Well, but all the options apply to most blogs.

SubscribeSubscribe

If you would like to subscribe to the blog, you can enter your email address and receive an email letting you know new content is available. This allows you to read the posts on your own time and keep the emails until you know you have read the post.

The form to subscribe on Looking Well is on the righthand side of the blog page and looks like the image to the right of this paragraph.

RSS Feed

For those who prefer not to be on an email list or receive more emails than they already do, a feed reader (like Feedly) allows all updated content to be accessed in one place. Simply search for “http://www.lookingwell.info” and add the site to your reading list.

Facebook

Looking Well also has a Facebook page where all new blog posts (and occasional other content) are posted. You can Like or Follow the page (or both!). Following also gives you options for how you would like the posts in your newsfeed and whether you get notifications.

FB

Web Page Only

If you prefer to browse the web, or simply want to control your viewing opportunities, you can also simply drop by the site when you have a few minutes. The front page lists the 5 most recent posts, and the Archives are found on the right sidebar if you need to go farther back.

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Sharing

At the bottom of each blog post, you also have the option to share online (Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.), print, or email the link. Simply click the appropriate icon and follow the steps to share or pin on your profile, print a hard copy, or email a specific post to a friend.

Sharing

Commenting

Part of the fun of a blog is community. One way to participate in that and build a greater sense of partnership is to get involved in the conversation. Not every blog allows comments, but Looking Well does at this time.

At the bottom of each individual blog post is a section for Comments. You can leave your comment, and others can respond. This is a great way to ask questions, get further information, share knowledge and encourage each other!

The Comment section on Looking Well looks like the image below. The top right “Reply” is to comment on a previous comment left on the post. The box is for a brand new entry.Comment

I look forward to hearing from you!

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