How to export a specific category group from Bloglovin

I’m a huge Bloglovin fan as previously mentioned in this Bloglovin Guide & FAQ post. I use it to follow a range of blogs/websites which I’ve organised into many different groups or categories. I wanted to export a specific group and import it into a different reader. I figured it was probably impossible and as I looked around, it seemed more and more so. I downloaded my entire subscription and then I had a thought. Could I edit the file before importing it? Yes. Yes I could and it’s really easy to do! Today I’ll be explaining this really simple “hack” which allows you to import a certain group category on Bloglovin into a different feed reader.

  1. Set up your groups on Bloglovin – Put the specific blog subscriptions you want to export into one group and call it something you’ll remember later on.
  2. Export – download an opml file here which will give you an xml file of your blog subscriptions.
  3. Download/Open a Text Editor such as TextEdit, TextWrangler, NotePad, TextPad, etc. Most computers have a text editor program already installed so have a look for it.
  4. Open the downloaded file in the text editor. You should see something like
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <opml version="1.0">
    <head>
    <title>Bloglovin Subscriptions</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    
    <outline text="GROUP 1">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    <outline text="GROUP 2">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    <outline text="GROUP 3 - THAT WE WANT TO KEEP ">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    </body>
    </opml>
  5. Find the group that you want to keep and import into a different reader (group 3 in my example). You are going to delete all the other groups apart from it. You also need to keep the opening and closing part of the file which is shown in pink below. Keeping the pink writing, deleting the grey…
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <opml version="1.0">
    <head>
    <title>Bloglovin Subscriptions</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    
    <outline text="GROUP 1">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    
    <outline text="GROUP 2">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    
    <outline text="GROUP 3 - THAT WE WANT TO KEEP ">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    </body>
    </opml>
  6. Once you’ve removed the other groups, your file should look something like this
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <opml version="1.0">
    <head>
    <title>Bloglovin Subscriptions</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    
    <outline text="GROUP 3 - THAT WE WANT TO KEEP ">
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    <outline text="BLOG NAME" type="rss" xmlUrl="BLOG FEED URL" htmlUrl="BLOG URL" />
    </outline>
    
    </body>
    </opml>
  7. Save the file using the same name and filetype. You can now import that to another reader such as Feedly, Pulse or a different Bloglovin account. Find a list of alternatives to Google Reader here.

So that’s how you export a certain category/group on Bloglovin in order to move it elsewhere.