Yes, I’m officially behind the times in posting this, but whatever.
I remember the old days, back when I bookmarked all the blogs I loved and would click through all of them each day to see if there were any new posts. Tedious, but there wasn’t any other way! Once Google Reader came along, it revolutionized my blog reading, gathering all the new posts from my favorite blogs in one place. So easy and wonderful, and with the app on my smart phone, I could read new posts anywhere I wanted!
When I read the news that Google Reader would be shutting down on July 1st, I’m pretty sure I gasped audibly. But it turns out the tech world reacts pretty quickly to this stuff, so within minutes I’d also read several different posts about alternatives to Reader — like Feedly, Bloglovin’, and NewsBlur, to name a few — all very eager to make it easy for Google Reader users to make the transition to their services.
In the end, I decided to go with Feedly, which is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, as well as a smart phone app for both Android and iPhone. At the moment, Feedly syncs seamlessly with Google Reader, so I didn’t have to do anything other than download the extension/app and sign in to Reader. Easy as that, Feedly maintained all of my previous subscriptions and folders, and once Reader is gone, my subscriptions will still be accessible via Feedly. I also like Feedly’s stylish interface, which lets me choose between a more visual “magazine” layout or the traditional Google Reader list without images.
In any case, the point of this post is less about Feedly and more about encouraging you to transition to another RSS reader of your choice before the lights go out at Google Reader. Don’t lose all your blog subscriptions — that would be so sad, wouldn’t it? I am especially, of course, looking straight at all 30+ of you subscribed to this blog via Reader! (Another alternative would be to receive each new post by e-mail, which you can do here.)
Are you a fan of Google Reader? Have your already made the switch over to a new service? Or decided which one you’ll use?