Having lunch with the first friend I made in the blogosphere, we were talking about how things had changed. One of the big things that have changed is the absence of blogrolls (a list of the blogger's favorite blogs on their side bar). Granted, I don't like blog rolls anymore, they're hard to maintain, they get political, and they take up real estate on your home page.
That said, it's so nice to find new blogs, and I miss falling down the rabbit hole of blogs through blogrolls. I also kind of miss lurking around on MySpace… it was amazing who I discovered exploring everyone's friends. Anywhoo… it's entirely possible to find new blogs, you just have to think a bit out of the box.
Go to sites like Bloglovin', Lookbook.nu, IFB (Links a la Mode, IFB Project…), Pinterest
The best way to find other bloggers is to go to where they promote their blogs. Bloglovin' is a great site for finding blogs in order of popularity, rising popularity, and recommended. Lookbook.nu is a place where you can promote outfits, and link to your blog. Browse around there, and look for people whose style you like and see if they have a blog. Easy peasy!
Explore commentors on blogs
Even if you're a lurker (which I tend to do…) If you find a blog you really like, chances are the people who comment on their blog are a.) bloggers and b.) like the same blog you like. You probably have something in common, so it's worth a peek! What's more is visiting the blogs that comment on YOUR blog, could lead you to a new friendship!
Find blogs that feature other bloggers
I like to go to street style blogs like Vanessa Jackman, who often takes street style photos of amazing bloggers. I've found some amazing blogs from her keen eye for style.
The very first fashion blog I found was through Google. In 2006, out of curiosity, I Googled, “Fashion” and “Blog” and Style Bubble came up. Nowadays, you can get more in depth with your keywords to find bloggers who blog on a certain topic, feature products you like, or just use image searches to find new blogs.
Twitter lists, and follows
Bloggers might have taken their blogrolls off their sites, but they still follow their favorites on Twitter. Definitely find a few bloggers you like and see who they're following. Even better if the blogger has public lists for you to explore. You can literally get lost for hours, and find some cool new people to follow to.
These are just a few ways to find blogs (and just the tip of the iceberg) How do you find new blogs?
[Image credit, found from a blog I had never seen before using a combination of these techniques: Always Judging]