August 29, 2013

How Bloglovin' Ate My Blog (and Yours too)

OK, sorry, but I'm mad like hell right now. I casually typed "offbeat ya" on Google, just to see what would pop out after nearly a year of blogging under that very name...and my jaw dropped when I saw this:


My first thought was "What, someone named their blog Offbeat YA too?" (not on Blogger, of course...), which was a scary thought, up to a point. But what I saw after clicking on the above link scared me even more:

IT WAS ME ON BLOGLOVIN'. Only, I never signed up on there. And never even meant to either.

It was me on Bloglovin'...complete with a trail of 18 followers I didn't have a clue about.

While you wrap your mind around this paradox, let's step back for a moment. Surely you all remember the turmoil caused a few weeks ago by the supposed death of GFC. While NO ONE had EVER mentioned that GFC was supposed to go (actually, that would be Google Reader), a worldwide panic spread over. Coincidentally - but not by chance, if you ask me, because I think they rode the wave and started a campaign taking advantage of that very situation - there was plenty of talking about Bloglovin' those days, and suddenly everyone was setting up an account just in case. Bloglovin' wasn't by any means the only blog aggregator available...but it was pretty much the one in the spotlight - the one every blogger was signing up for. Being my usual not-happy-to-go-with-the-flow self (and I don't mean offense to anyone), I decided to investigate every possible way in which a blog could be followed, not because I was afraid of GFC disappearing, but simply because I wanted to offer more options to my would-be readers. In doing so, I read about Bloglovin' causing blogs to open in a frame instead that directly linking to them - like this:


You have to click on the X in the upper right corner in order to be redirected to the actual blog address:


Now, this sounded so fishy, it was the actual reason why I decided to stay well away from Bloglovin'. It was not a number-of-hits matter to me...just instinctive distrust of the method. Also, I couldn't wrap my mind around the "claim" issue. Because - in case you don't know - even if you have registered an account, Bloglovin' requires you to "claim" your blog after doing so. Which is ridiculous, to say the least. It IS my blog already. I don't need to validate my blog property anywhere. NO SERVICE WHATSOEVER ASKS YOU TO "CLAIM" ANYTHING YOU CREATED ON THE WEB! (...On second thoughts, there's Technorati - but at least they wait for you to actually register before they ask you to do that!).

So I went on happily ever after, with GFC (that didn't die on July 1st of course), email subscriptions and a Linky account as following options. Till I typed "offbeat ya" on Google, and the third search result was my blog on Bloglovin'. Which of course called for some action. [...]

So, after the initial shock, I set to investigate the matter further. Apparently (read the boxed line below)...


Yes, that much was already clear, thank you. Unfortunately.

Now, I wondered if the blog could be deleted from their list...and of course not:


A service, right.

Last time I checked, I needed to give my consent for someone to feature my content on their site. A public RSS only means that people can read such content, not that they can frame it somewhere else for their own purposes. Last time I checked, I needed to register (OF MY OWN FREE WILL) in order to benefit of any kind of service. Also, you're kidding me, right? Of course I have to allow RSS, or my blog would be totally private, and no one would be able to find my posts...
Furthermore, there's the aforementioned "claim" issue. Because while your blog is automatically featured on Bloglovin', you are not only induced to set up an account, but after that, you have to "claim" your blog by publishing a piece of code on a post "as a proof that you own the blog".
Which basically sounds like someone kidnapped your blog and now you have to ransom it.
This is what they say...


How considerate.

The naked truth? They're tricking you into fearing that, if you don't set up a Bloglovin' account and don't "claim" you blog, someone else might do that and mess with it. Which is not true of course, because a) who would "claim" someone else's blog? for what purpose? and b) even if they did, they could only mess with the account they created, not with your legitimate blog - to which you hold the virtual keys. And even in case someone else "claimed" your blog...it's the folks at Bloglovin' who created the disease they're "selling" you the cure for.

So, to end this rant. To those who are following me on Bloglovin', in total innocence and good faith...some of them are even GFC friends or followers too...please unfollow me on there! To everyone else...want to stay updated with my posts? Use GFC. Use email subscription. Use Linky. (Update, March 22, 2014: also use Feedburner). Bookmark my page. Or don't even follow me at all - I don't care. But I want NOTHING to do with Bloglovin'. I'd rather close my blog than sign up with them. I REFUSE to grant them legitimacy - and more power. And speaking of law - I'm sure there's a legislative void somewhere, for them to be able to "collect" our blogs...and I hope such void will be filled soon. In the meantime - PLEASE DON'T FOLLOW ME VIA BLOGLOVIN'...and PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD (about this post, that is). Thank you so much! ♥

Update, March 2, 2014: I found a code that can bypass the frame, with a redirect to your own blog. You only have to post it before </head> in your template.
Thanks to Ernesto @ Idee per Computer ed Internet! (His article here - sorry it's in Italian, but the code is recognizable of course).

56 comments:

  1. I am lost for words. It is just weird :/

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  2. I have a bloglovin, and I've been pretty happy with it, but that's pretty shady of them to put up your blog without your permission. Definitely not cool. :(

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

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    1. That's it, exactly...because they should work with people who sign up voluntarily, like anybody else on the web...

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  3. I use Bloglovin, but unfollowed you as requested. I understand some of your issues with the site but here's a post that might clear up some of your problems (except the framing aspect):

    http://sheposts.com/content/bloglovin-not-blogscrapin

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    1. Hi Kate,
      thanks for unfollowing me (sounds weird, uh? LOL) and for the link...I read the post, but it didn't change the main issue I have with BL - the fact that I didn't choose to join them. The fact that, basically, they're putting me (and anyone like me) in a position where I should join them, willing or not, just because...( I'm quoting from the above article)..."If you claim your own blog within the bloglovin’ environment, you are able to manipulate how it appears in people’s “reader.” What if I don't? There's a screencap in the article you gave me the link to, where we see how an individual BL page looks when one is logged in. It says: "Claim your blog and change your thumbnail, name, category and description freely". Theoretically, one could "claim" another person's blog (I don't think the folks at BL check on these things, and I don't even have a clue how this "claim" thing really works...) and change all this stuff, so that those who follow that blog on BL would see things that aren't meant to be there...Not that I think that someone would go out of their way to do such a thing, but you never know. The folks at BL count on this fear, if you ask me. They're making your blog (well, a version of it) potentially vulnerable, so that you feel compelled to join them and protect your contents (or a virtual vessel of them). The funny thing is, this doesn't seem to enrage people. Now, it did enrage me. We all know nothing comes really free on the net - everyone preys on you someway or another - but at least I get to choose whom I'm "selling" myself to. I have at least the right to freely decide where to sign up for an account. BL took that right from me. And I'm enraged.

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    2. I think to claim the blog, you have to physically post a certain link from Bloglovin on your blog. That way, the only way for someone to claim your blog would be if they hacked your blog.

      But I understand why you don't like them.

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    3. Yes, that seems to be the way...which makes them all the more annoying, because I have to put a certain code of theirs on my page...
      Oh, well, I'm a grumpy old lady ;).

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  4. I don't even know the legal terms regarding this, but anyone with common sense would notice that something is at least somewhat wrong with what Bloglovin' is doing. I'm sorry you had to go through this. Have contacted Bloglovin' regarding this?
    I'll make sure to follow you via email (:

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    1. No, to date I haven't contacted them...I know they don't even take into account deletion requests. But I plan on writing them at some point, just to vent out a little, you know...basically, I plan on being a little pain in the ass ;). But this can wait for better times...I need to do some more research on the subject!

      Since you're already following me via GFC, it's OK. Thank you!

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  5. Also, I think this automatically happens when someone connects their google account with bloglovin'; all the blogs you followed on GFC, would be transferred to bloglovin'. I'm not sure how they do that, but it seems suspicious...

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    1. Same situation here. I asked them by e-mail to take my blog out but they didn't do it.
      I don't visit them and feel completely disrespected to say the least.

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    2. @ Summer: apparently, it does work that way, and someone may find this little trick useful...which probably is. Still, yes, suspicious...

      @ Ana: that's how I feel as well. And when I went on your blog and discovered they've been doing this for at least 3 years and a half - since they only were an aggregator for fashion blogs, not for all kinds - I was gobsmacked. Maybe we who don't like this should raise our voices...but I suspect we are a sheer minority, what with almost every blogger using the "service" in some way :(.

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  6. WOW! I just saw your GR message and unfollowed you. I can't believe how disrespectful that is...and shady. I'm on there, but I thought it was really weird that I had to claim my blog that was already on there with followers. Like a commenter above said, they automatically put follows there when you switch. It's weird. Thanks for the notice!

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    1. Shady is definitely the word :(. Thank you!

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  7. Thanks, this is about the only reference I could find to Bloglovin' that wasn't all "Here's how to whore yourself out on Bloglovin'!"

    Even Livejournal removed their clone of my blog when I asked them to!

    I'm going to try citing some relevant sections of their terms of service to explain that somebody submitted content that was not their own (i.e. mine!) and that this is a violation if intellectual property.

    It is fairly clear from their Terms of Service that if I were to set up a user account they would claim that I gave them "non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable , fully-sublicensable license to publish and use your Content" even though I didn't 'submit it' to their service but rather to another service (blogger) which they stole. Therefore their suggestion to 'claim' my blog is a trap to permit them to continue violating my intellectual property.

    Also, when you click on an individual post, it's clear that they're not simply syndicating the content: they're reproducing the entire blog as it appears on your blog. My blog's background, comments, etc., are not part of the RSS feed. Little buggers.

    - RG>

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    1. Thank you for contributing to collecting info about Bloglovin' on this page! After reading your post, I went on their site and looked for a link to the whole TOS article, which is very conveniently semi-hidden in the lower section of the main page, not to mention written in very small fonts, so you have to dig deep in order to find it. Here is the link:

      http://help.bloglovin.com/tos

      And here is the whole paragraph about their rights to our blogs (3b, a.k.a. Users Conduct and Submissions):

      You give the party (the “Account Holder”) who owns the domain name as hosted on the Service in which you post your Content (the “Hosted Area”) a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable , fully-sublicensable license to publish and use your Content. In addition to the right to publish, you also grant the Account Holder under said license the following rights, without limitation: (i) the right to reproduce or copy or create derivative works thereof; (ii) the right to transfer, deliver, and sell the Content, which includes the distribution via computer and networks; (iii) the right to edit, modify, adapt, arrange, improve, correct, develop, translate, in all or in part; (iv) the right to update/upgrade by adding or removing; (v) the right to film, perform or post the Content in any media, and (vi) the right to use or incorporate all or any part of the Content in any products or services of the Account Holder (whether or not associated with the Service). Except as described in our Privacy Policy, neither the Company nor any Account Holder will be required to treat any Content as confidential. By posting Content you hereby waive any and all rights to be compensated by UserVoice or any Account Holder for such Content.

      Problem is, this is not only the Bloglovin' version of TOS. Google - on which our blogs are based - has pretty much the same content:

      When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

      It's true that they add...

      The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

      ...and Bloglovin' TOS sound more "aggressive" on the whole. Anyway, the main - and most significant - difference still is, I agreed on Google TOS when I signed up for an account, while I didn't choose to be featured on BL - though the rights they advocate in the paragraph above should reasonably apply only to those who have registered a BL account. Still, we are lured into a trap, as you said, in that they feature our blogs before we agree to that, and then try to coax us into setting up a BL account in order to "protect" our contents - while we're ultimately handing them the keys to said blogs.

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  8. This is an unusual situation. I've unfollowed you via bloglovin under your request. I love your blog, you take the time to review books that aren't on other blogs. How many times will I see the same popular book reviewed on hundreds of different blogs?Your's is refreshing. Keep it up, don't let this bloglovin mishap worry you :)

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  9. Bloglovin is the worst. Their TOU are just freaking insane. For what is worth, I've never used it, and never will.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone!
      Thank you for commenting :).

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  10. I may be a little late to this post, but I just found my blog on the bloglovin site as well. I cannot believe that they literally have my entire blog on their site. This is shady for sure.

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    1. No worries about being late...unfortunately, this issue doesn't grow old as time goes by :(. And thank you for commenting!

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  11. Not being snarky - just wanted to point out:

    Actually several sites have you "claim" ownership of your blog, including facebook, G+ Pages, networked blogs, and the huge ones like Alexa. (which if you haven't claimed your blog on Alexa yet, you really should) Its just how they verify you own it so I cant go in and say I own your blog and control the settings etc.

    They didn't add your blog, someone who uses their service and wanted to follow your blog through their reader did. Thats how most blogs get listed initially. Thats why its already list but you still have to claim it. Someone said "Hey I want to follow this blog" they added it to their list, so its in the directory - but it has no owner ON THEIR DIRECTORY because the owner hasn't claimed it yet. There's nothing hokey about it. It really is a nice service for its users, because it allows them to not miss posts from their favorite blogs, just like any other RSS reader (feedburner, etc). I much prefer bloglovin over getting individual emails from every blog I like. Emails are just too much.

    As for your whole blog being on their site, its not. As you stated, Its displaying in a "frame". The top bar is their site - where you see your site is still YOUR SITE, its just displaying in a frame. You still get the hits and its still pulling your bandwidth- just they are also getting a hit on their frame since their service was used to bring the viewer to your site. Same way Networked Blogs works on FB, etc. they are just framing it. You can even see your blogger bar is still showing. Trust me, they would not be cloning blogger without a huge lawsuit FROM BLOGSPOT/AOL/Google (whoever owns that now).

    Im not trying to sway you or anything, I just wanted to chime in.

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    1. Bunny, don't worry, I see you're not trying to be snarky :). And I can see that BL allows you to follow blogs easily. But I do have a problem with how these things work. Because while one can actually choose to have a page (and be featured) on FB or G+ or anywhere else - or one can stay away from those places - BL leaves you no choice in the matter. And It's just wrong that they put your page in the position of being vulnerable somehow (though I don't think one can do much with it only by claiming it on BL). I understand they're not actually cloning blogs, but they're messing with them anyway, up to a point. And - maybe I'm going to sound melodramatic here, but I'll risk it - with your free will too. I just want to have a choice - to be featured or not. Having said this, I'm glad you have chimed in. If you like BL, it's totally OK :).

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    2. I just found your post because I was looking up something to trouble shoot why a particular blog I am following on BL is not notifying me when he posts new content.

      I just want to chime in (I know this post is old) to say, if you have a public blog why do you care that BL which is a free tool to read blogs with aggregates your content for your readers? Do you not want people to read your blog? I just totally dumbfounded why you have a problem with this if you have a public blog for anyone to find in google. I'm missing a point or you are missing the purpose of BL, feedly etc. Thanks to clarify for me. ;-)

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    3. Hi,
      I can see why you, and people in general, find it odd that I don't like BL. But, like I said in my post and repeated in the comments, it's their attitude that I don't like. They set up a tool and ask you to use it, implying that your site can be claimed by someone else if you don't claim it yourself. The way they act, sounds like a hard sell to me. I want to have a choice in the matter - to join what I like. I joined Google because I chose to - that's why I have a Google profile. On the other hand, I don't have a Google + profile. It's all about choices to me. I don't like someone or something that virtually forces me (or subtly draws me) to do something. That's why I don't like BL :).

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  12. Albertina McNeill3/29/2014 2:20 am

    Hello Roberta, I found your post while trying to find out if I could remove my crochet blog from BL, having just discovered that it was on there. I had already stopped blogging because so many of my photos, both from the crochet blog and another one, were turning up on Pinterest. I was trying to work out how I could post without the photos or the blog post being pinned. Now I find that the entire blog is available through BL. I have a hard time explaining to Pinterest addicts why it is so wrong and can see that I will go through the same thing with BL. I found the advice given by Katherine Tyrrell on her Making a Mark blog very helpful when it came to having my images removed from Pinterest, basically I asked them for money. http://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/how-pinterest-removed-all-my-pinned.html
    I have messaged BL with the similar approach. I have yet to ask Wordpress about the issue but they were no help with Pinterest. I understand your feelings about this completely. Intellectual property theft leaves me grinding my teeth. I had the opportunity to ask Randy Zuckerberg how I should deal with intellectual property theft and she suggested watermarks! Of course she and her brother aren't going to want us to stop "sharing", that's how they made their millions. I suspect your blog and mine are also part of someone's plan. Thank you for raising this issue and I hope we both get the result we want..

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    1. Hello Albertina, and thank you for your contribution! I understand how you feel about Pinterest of course - but alas, in this day and age, it's become really difficult to share what we do (or think) without being "featured" here and there. Watermarks - really. Like the Zuckerbergs don't have a clue about those programs that can get rid of them...

      On the other hand, I think BL and P are two different matters. While Pinterest can actually steal something you made without giving you due credit, Bloglovin' simply "frames" your contents, and everyone still can see they're yours. So, while messaging P the way the above article suggests may be a successful move, I don't think it could work with BL. It's not like, for example, they're taking a post of mine away from my blog and severing my property link to it. This can be done with a pic on Pinterest though, if someone is so inclined. I think what BL does is much more sneaky and subtle, so it's basically hard to counter it with the property theft reasoning.

      Anyhow, I saw Tyrrell also wrote a post about preventing Pinterest from using Blogger images (see here), and I will incorporate the code in my blog. It might be useful, even though I have very little graphics of mine on the blog at this stage (and of course, the ones I use but didn't actually make myself are credited!).

      Thank you, and please keep us posted about the BL controversy! I hope you succeed :).

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  13. Albertina McNeill3/31/2014 1:44 am

    Just to update you, I received a reply shortly after contacting them to say that my blog had been removed. I am going to ask for confirmation that this does mean removed and not "hidden". As far as I'm concerned "framing" it is just another way of using it without my consent.

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    1. That's great news! May I ask what you wrote in your email to them? Did you use Tyrrell's email specimen?

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  14. Albertina McNeill4/01/2014 2:04 am

    Inspired by it: "I do not know why my blog is on your site. I have never been asked for permission for my work to be used in this way and would not have allowed you to do so. Please note that my images and words are protected by copyright. IF YOU DO NOT REMOVE MY BLOG FROM YOUR SITE I WILL BEGIN TO CALCULATE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU OWE ME FOR UNAUTHORISED USE OF MY WORK."

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    1. I see...you have copyright protection...that's why it worked. It's great that it did, but one needs to be able to afford copyright protection first.

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    2. Roberta, one has "copyright protection" in the same sense that one has "free speech protection"; you don't need to purchase it to have it, you just have it.

      It has been many decades since one has had to register one's works in order to enjoy the protection of copyright. It is now enjoyed universally by all but those who explicitly relinquish it (i.e. by releasing something into the public domain or creative commons, such as on Wikipedia).

      I'm simplifying the concepts a bit, but I think I get my point across.

      Also, you don't need a lawyer to send a cease & desist letter, as Albertina's case shows. (Though it sometimes helps)

      - RG>

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    3. Thank you for clarifying! Well, thanks to both of you :). Really helpful. I'm going to take action then.

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  15. Albertina McNeill4/03/2014 1:26 am

    I've found that the words "I will be taking legal advice" can have a profound effect on some people. It is worth contacting the government department that deals with intellectual property in your country to find out more (for the UK: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/)

    Copyright for an image or text in the UK lasts throughout the lifetime of its creator and for seventy years after their death to the benefit of their estate. If the item is republished it is extended for another period of (I think) 25 years. You have the right to say how your IP is used, for instance I state clearly on my blogs that my images cannot be reproduced without permission and provide a contact email. I would be upset to find that an image had been copied and used, even if my name was next to it or a link to the source as I do not know in what context the image is being used. I spent hours in all weathers and in various states of health to take photos of my area every day for a year. It cost me time, money and quite a lot of patience so I don't want to see others gain from it without any effort!

    Watch out if your site is being crawled by Internet Archive as they allow others to use your content in anyway they want to. I had to ask them to stop doing it via a forum which is crawling with trolls who think everything should be shared and haven't a single original idea of their own.

    Good luck with it.

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    1. Thanks for the tips! It looks like I'm safe from the Internet Archive...for now :).

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  16. Followed via GFC, since you don't support Bloglovin' - and I certainly want to respect your wishes.
    I personally use Bloglovin' to stay up to date on blogs that I like to follow, just cause I find it convenient, but can see that you raise good points as well. :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope I didn't inconvenience you too much... :)

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  17. I stumbled on here while trying to find a solution to issues with my RSS feed and Bloglovin'. I realize this is an old post now, but I felt compelled to let you know how Bloglovin' works. They don't just add your blog for giggles, it had to have been one of your followers. You go onto Bloglovin' and search for you favorite blog, even if that blog does not have a Bloglovin' account, Bloglovin' will scour the web and detect the address. Then the person who searched for your blog is given the choice to follow it via Bloglovin'. So really, the only people you should be crossed with is your fans for putting you on there, but why bother? It's just another place for people to follow you, it doesn't do tricky or schemey things to your blog. Other people cannot claim your website because, like Pinterest, you need to insert a validation code into your blogs code (they refer to it as "claim") which makes it so no one can pose as owner of your blog or website. It's just like a fancy search engine that gives blog updates. It doesn't do crap all to your blog, so why be so bothered about it if it only helps you gain readers? I mean really, it's your readers' choice to follow you that way, it's about the same as adding your blog to their browser's bookmarks.

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    1. Hi,
      I understand where you're coming from of course. But I have a problem with shady things...or things that are forced upon me. Usually, the owner of a blog decides if she/he wants to join a place or not. With Bloglovin' they take that away from you. And they basically lead you to believe your blog can be messed with if you don't claim it. It may not be the case, but they count on your fear, so you end up registering an account because of that. Also, the reason why my blog is on BL is not a fan thing - not really. I was told that, when someone connects their Google account with BL, all the blogs they already followed on GFC would be automatically transferred to BL. So it probably started as a duplicate thing for those who were already following me via another option. It's not like someone decided to follow me on BL in the first place...
      Also, I don't like that they frame my contents for their purposes. And this is not what a regular feed does. To top it all, I have three following options set up - GFC, email and Feedburner. I can see that some people like BL and find it convenient, but it's not like I didn't give my would-be followers enough chances...For instance, I prefer GFC, and some of the blogs I am interested in following don't use it anymore. In that case, I don't complain to the owners about that or change my mind...I simply use the options they set up. I hope those who are interested in following me can do the same without me inconveniencing them too much :).

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  18. Lol! That is funny! I am on Bloglovin and they have a few bugs that annoy me. If this happened to me I would be fuming. ~ it made me laugh though ~ sorry ;-)
    Love
    M+B

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    1. Don't worry, you can laugh! ;)

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  19. Have just found mine on there, and your post. I'm not laughing either.

    Unfortunately I can't find the post with the code (and would it work on wordpress?). I've written to them...we'll see what happens. If nothing, I'll just have to delete my blog I guess.

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    1. I don't know if the code would work on WP...but if you message me (see the box called "Ask The Librarian") I can send it to you. I prefer not to post it here out of respect for the author.
      I've been talking to a BL "higher power" lately. Will wrote a new blog post when I have more info. But don't you delete your blog over this BL issue! It would be a real pity.

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  20. I've found mine on there as well and sent them an email stating I did not give them permission to publish my work. I came here via a link from another blogger (bodhiattvaintraining) who is also very cranky about it.

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    1. I've been talking to a BL personality lately (he actually contacted me and tried to persuade me BL wasn't evil LOL), and he doesn't seem to get that I don't want to be featured on his site. I've just sent him a new, fed up email - let's see what happens. Needless to say, there will be another blog post about his clique when I'm finished ;).

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  21. I totally agree with you that they shouldn't be able to hijack your blog, but here's some things I've noticed about the site (I use it because people seem to like it, and I am a slave to my followers ;))-
    I was looking up someone else's blog, and this came up:
    "Can't find the blog?
    Try searching for the blog's address (e.g. www.fashiontoast.com)
    Still can't find it? Add the blog to Bloglovin!"

    You could have been added by a well-meaning follower. (Which still shouldn't be able to happen, but just saying).
    Also, about the hideous Bloglovin' page-within-a-page to view your blog? As a member of the site, you can opt out of that ugly thing.
    I still agree entirely that they shouldn't have hijacked your blog, but I use it to follow blogs and gain more followers, as I am a small fry blogger. I will definitely NEVER follow your blog there, as I'm now educated on their heinous ways.
    ~Litha

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    1. I think my blog ended up on BL because of the frenzy caused by the supposed removal of GFC. Back then, people started using BL like mad all of a sudden, and they were importing all their followed blogs - mine included...
      My problem with BL is that they basically force their...how can I call it...platform? on you. You find your blog up there without even signing up. They seem to imply your blog is at risk if you don't sign up, claim the blog etc. I didn't know that one could get rid of the page-within-a-page view (thanks for the info), but again, one has to be a member to opt out of that. Basically, they trick you into signing up. That's the part I don't like...
      Now, I've had a long and tedious email exchange with a BL personality lately, and I finally managed to have my blog hidden (if not removed) from their list. I'll write a blog post about it when I have time...but I already know for sure it will be fun LOL.
      Thank you for contributing to this conversation :).

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    2. Well, like what litha said, someone could have added you in bloglovin so he/she can follow your blog easily. I understand your stand about others imposing their will on you or hijacking what you have.

      Well, one of the perks of bloglovin is that when someone views your page through it, that view reflects on your page, not theirs. I see this as an advantage because I also think of the way I sift for something to read. I'd usually look at the posts listed on my blogger reading list which isn't good because I couldn't see blogs from other platforms. But on bloglovin, you can see all the lists of posts from blogs you follow. Clicking is very easy.

      After I bought my domain name, I was surprised why my pageviews drastically increased. As it turns out, my blog was twice listed on bloglovin. One for my blogger name and another for my domain. I sent a request via their contact support, asked them to transfer my followers from my blogger name to my domain name and if there's any way they could delete the former. And they did!

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    3. I see your point Zirev. And I'm sure BL can offer many useful features to those who decide to join. It's just that I think one should retain the power to choose...and that's what BL takes away from you...

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  22. I don't mean to offend or upset you, but you really seem to misunderstand what Bloglovin does. It does not steal or publish your blog, it simply operates as a directory, linking to your posts so that followers can easily follow several blogs. The frame is there so you can easily cycle through blog posts, return to Bloglovin, or bookmark a favourite post without much effort, and it is easy to close the frame if you need the link to a blog post. There is no copyright or theft issue as literally all they are doing is linking to your blog. Bloglovin takes absolutely nothing from you.

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    1. No offense taken :). I understand what you mean...but again, what I don't like is that they virtually force you to become a member - and I want to choose...

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  23. I recently and hastily added my tiny little blog to bloglovin. I regretted it as soon as I did, as I want to make an array of changes to my blog. BUT, as you know, they will now not let me delete my account with them!!! I am so furious about this! I am not 100% happy with my content yet, although Im getting there thus I wanted to make my changes in my time. Bloglovin doesn't care. I may even want to start a completely different blog and possibly share it there but my current one will be there no matter what. Its infuriating. Its MY CONTENT, why cant I NOT use it how I WANT?!

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    1. Kathy, after a tedious email exchange with a BL power-that-be, I was indeed able to have my blog hidden (at least)...not removed...but it's still something. It took a lot of emails though. The guy contacted me after reading this post, and tried to convince me that BL was the next best thing, but I was so adamant he had to give in in the end. I will write a post about it in the near future, maybe it can help :). Stay tuned...and thanks for commenting!

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    2. Oh...and for following! :D

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