Why I plan to remove my blog from Bloglovin'

Bloglovin has moved from being an RSS aggregator/ RSS reader to being a full on syndication site.  
Jax Blunt, Making It Up

Over the last few days there's been a bit of a hoohah going on around how Bloglovin' are using blogger's content.

If you don't know Bloglovin' used to be an RSS reader, which gave people a great way of keeping up-to-date with their favourite blogs, and it worked well. 

But behind the scenes Bloglovin' have been making, what I'm calling, some sneaky changes and you can read more about them here on Jax's blog.  Since the hoohah Bloglovin' have reverted one of the changes, which they said was done in error, but it's more than that for me.

I think their response to blogger's concerns has been inadequate, but more than that they are still loading my content, including my photos, onto their servers and that's something I'm not happy with.

I work hard on creating my content and feel that I, not another platform, that should benefit from that work. So once this post has been live for a while (I've yet to decide how long) I'm going to deactivate my Bloglovin' account and remove my blog from this service, because I don't agree with their practices, and quite frankly it's no longer a service to bloggers or one I want to be associated with.

A NICE CALMING IMAGE OF SOME PRETTY ORCHIDS, TO MAKE THIS POST A WHOLE LOT MORE PALATABLE

A NICE CALMING IMAGE OF SOME PRETTY ORCHIDS, TO MAKE THIS POST A WHOLE LOT MORE PALATABLE

If you currently read my blog on Bloglovin'

Firstly thank you, and secondly sorry.  

This change is going to affect you and I hope you'll continue to read my blog.  

I've moved all the blogs I follow into Feedly, which is a great RSS reader, so I'll still be able to keep up-to-date and be certain that the bloggers I read will benefit from page views and shares, rather than a third party.

I'd love it if you'd like to join me over on Feedly, for me it's what an RSS reader should be.

Recovering from no wifi, and a week of no* blog posts!

It feels a bit odd to be back home and not to have written a blog post until now. I expected to be chomping at the bit to get blogging again, and in a way I am, but it's more of knowing where to start after a busy week in Dorset. But first, how did I cope without wifi? 

Honestly, in the end it wasn't so bad. But initially - and I'm not afraid to admit it - there was panic. Partly because in my head I had plans to catch up with myself, read lots more blogs and spend some time maybe even writing those blog posts I keep promising myself that I will. With no blog posts written for the week, I know it was optimistic, but hey, I'm an optimist. 

So discovering there was no wifi was a bit of a blow!

I knew it meant my plans to become uber-organised were unlikely to materialise and that didn't sound that great. Plus it's unlike me to go a week without posting and I hadn't prepared myself mentally for that. If I know I'm away I usually schedule at least some posts in advance, but not this time, there'd just been too much going beforehand.

I mean, who'd book a cottage without wifi?

Yes, indeed. Well, erm, me... 

Somehow I'd overlooked the lack of wifi. Clearly I'd been seduced by the loveliness of the cottage.

Ahem.

But at least I had no one else to blame, which was probably a good thing.  So do you want to see the cottage, or actually the converted barn?

blue skies and the Old Barn near Swanage
The entrance hall and stairs
The Old Barn near Swanage in Dorset
Somewhere to hang our coats

The stone exterior looked smart and the use of wood inside gave a nice homely feel. When we arrived the heating was on full blast, and was quickly turned down to more liveable levels. Rooms were allocated, things were unpacked, space was made in the large kitchen for the provisions we'd brought, and a bar area was quickly set up in the dining space.

Well, it would have been rude not to.

the living room of the old barn near swanage
A close-up of the open fireplace
A country kitchen in the old barn near swanage
the well equipped and large kitchen

The boys were soon making themselves very comfortable on the sofa in time for the last six nations game, and I'm not sure if they were impressed more by the lazy boy than the rugby. Actually I know they were, I'm not sure who I'm kidding!  MOH thinks he's having an inbuilt area in our next sofa for his beer glass and snacks, because it's such a great idea, isn't it?  Erm, no dear.

It was good to see the barn's transformation in photos, and no doubt it was quite an undertaking. 

following the progress of the Old Barn's history

Wood featured heavily in the bedroom furniture too, with similar pieces in each of the three bedrooms. 

The bed post
country curtains
The galleried landing
In the wardrobe
Just one of the chunky chest of drawers
An extra bed and a chair

The dining room was a double height galleried space, with roof lights flooding light into the space below. Our bedroom had a velux window which was a great way to check the weather for the day ahead, without having to move a muscle. 

sky lights shedding light into the dining area and the galleried landing
A velux window giving a glimpse of the blue skies

And over the road, we could see breakfast too!  I think those chickens must have been working overtime for their new neighbours - you can't beat a good egg for breakfast, can you?

Fresh eggs

Hatching a plan

By the end of the weekend I'd hatched a plan to explain my unexpected absence and you know what, it wasn't so bad! I didn't get the reading I'd hoped to done, or the blog posts written either and well, it wasn't the end of the world. It's not how I've been used to spending my evenings either, and I did make use of the time to edit many, many photos that somehow had escaped me, and now I've plenty more posts to actually get on and write. 

Nor was I totally cut off from the online world, I chose to post regularly on Facebook and Instagram, and saw my engagement on those channels increase, and I did make full use of my mobile data and any free wifi service I discovered when out and about. It was a great week away, and not only do I still have that reading and blog posts to do, I've a stack more photos to edit from our Dorset adventures too. 

And next time I book a cottage, I'll be sure to know in advance if there's wifi or not. And to plan accordingly!

 

* Well, when I say no blog posts, I mean hardly any!

Post Comment Love and Blogger Showcase 24-26 March 2017

Hello to another Friday, in a week that's been quite a lot quieter here than usual. If you were here last week, thank you, it was great to see you and sorry I haven't got to your post just yet but I've had an unexpected break this week.  If you're new here, welcome, Morgan and I are looking forward to reading all of your posts.

The quietness has been down to lack of wifi in the Dorset cottage I booked, and it's been a blessing and a curse. I'd hoped to spend some of this week catching up with myself blog-wise but that was not to be. Instead I've spent time editing photos offline which has been time well spent, and of course I've also been out and about in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

My photo this week is one from the cottage we've been staying in and I've been mesmerised by the shadows on the ceiling from the light shade. 

A lampshade casting mesmerising shadows

Blogger Showcase: Mrs Mummy from Mummy Confessions

1. Who are you? 

An Aussie mum of three. New to the blog realm.  My blog is Mummy Confessions. Lover of all things for babies and kids, great deals, and saving money. I spend more on my children than I even think to on myself. I love helping people and that's why I started blogging!

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I know many people who have blogged, and they always have great things to say. 

3. Why did you start blogging?

I hadn't written in years for personal reasons, but decided after much encouragement from my husband to get out there and start a blog. I wanted to help other mums and wives and tell them about all these cool things I've discovered as a mum.

4. What do you find most challenging?

Trying to find the time to write without distraction. It usually doesn't happen. I'm usually writing while chaos ensues around me.

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

Baby products that have helped me.

6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

Somewhat for fun, but I would love to make a little money to help cover bills and take some of the pressure off my husband as sole provider.

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

That I can try to help people by telling them things I've learned, tried, and what products I've used that are helpful to me as a mum and person.

8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference?

No.

9. What are your 3 best posts?

My favourite ones are about Bonds Wondersuits, Teething, and how to save money/get cashback for purchases.

10. Describe yourself in three words

Exhausted, Excited, and Empathetic

11. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

Can I do tea and cake? I don't like coffee though.

12. What's your idea of a perfect night out?

A night out to eat and chill with my whole family. Afterwards, the kids all go to sleep and stay asleep, and I can have some one on one time with my husband to just hang out!

13. Your perfect night in?

Chinese food or Italian, eat and watch a movie...no dishes to do...house is clean...and the kids go to bed without a fuss nice and early!

14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?

That I am able to laugh all the time and make them smile with my stories of life.

 

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