Using The “Next Blog” Feature In Blogger Just Got More Relevant

January 9, 2010 By Amanda Padgett

Guest post by Dawn Farias

I have a confession to make: I LOVE the Blogger navbar.  I love it for my own blog because it is easy to get into my dashboard from it.  I love it on other people’s blogs because of the search box right up top.  (Even if it’s not a very powerful search engine.)  And I LOVE being able to just click ‘follow’ to add someone’s blog to my list.  Yes, my world is thrown for a bit of a loopty-loop when it is missing from a Blogger blog.

But enough of all that.  I really only brought you all here together today to tell a small bit of news about ye olde Blogger navbar.  And I shall tell you in words straight from the official blog of Blogger: Blogger Buzz.

Some of you must have wondered what the Next Blog link on the NavBar does, and clicked on the link once or twice. Next Blog used to take you to a random blog, written by a random blogger. Your fellow blogger could have been writing her blog in a language that you don’t know how to read. Or you might be someone who likes to read about food and restaurants in Germany, but your randomly chosen next blog could have been focused on sports, and written in Tagalog.

We’ve made the Next Blog link more useful, by taking you to a blog that you might like. The new and improved Next Blog link will now take you to a blog with similar content, in a language that you understand. If you are reading a Spanish blog about food, the Next Blog link will likely take you to another blog about food. In Spanish!

Try it! It works!  Just go to your favorite Blogger blog and click “Next Blog” from way up at the top of the screen where the navbar is.  See if you don’t get redirected to a new favorite blog.

Well, you know, if the navbar is still there and all.  😉

Dawn Farias posts free Blogger layouts at Almost Ready Blogs.  She also blogs personally, as well as personably, at No Heavy Lifting.