What to do without Google Reader

I don’t usually post on Tuesdays, but I also don’t usually post about technology stuff so I figured if I was going to it should probably be on an off day. Please feel free to skip over this if you’re not interested, I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY no-sew remote pouch that you can make in under 10 minuts. And if you’re a hoarder like I am, you can make it fo’ free. 🙂

Ok back on track….

A few days ago Google announced it was doing away with the Reader, which is how I read every. single. blog. I follow. And I follow over 50 blogs, so there was a bit of panic. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen some of the discussion:

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A few of my more tech savvy friends recommended a few articles to read that all had different options, and I tried ALL of them. Today I’m just going to tell you about 3, real quick an easy, and direct you to them in case you need it:

1. Feedly: I’m pretty sure this is what a lot of people are going to use. But it is not for me… basically, Feedly is an app for your web browser. This means it’s not hosted on a web page. Which means you can’t read it in a private browser. Which means if you read blogs at work, and you work for a place that monitors that kind of stuff, this is not the best option for you.

2. The Old Reader: I wanted this site to work out, I REALLY did. It looks exactly like Google Reader and is being plunged out of beta testing in response to Google Reader going away. However, it says you can just import your extracted reader sites and it’s good to go. This didn’t work for me, I had to manually enter all of the blogs one by one. And then I discovered it was far from having real time updates. I mean, it was showing me posts from last week and saying it was updated. I assume that’s a kink that’ll be worked out, but I’m not patient enough for that.

3. Blog lovin: This one is a keeper for me, and it’s the best option for what I want to do. It shows you each blog via it’s own page with a drop down menu up top for you to switch around to the blogs you haven’t read yet- it makes commenting super easy and allows you to appreciate the time and design that goes into each blog. And it did actually import my entire Reader, in fact I think it expected a lot of Reader people to come on over so it added a button for us on its’ home page. It’s not updated in real time, there’s about a 2 hour delay I think, but I can live with that. As long as it’s same day I’m happy, and honestly it’s better then Google Reader so I’ll get over it.

I’m totally on the Blog Lovin bandwagon now, come… join me…

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6 thoughts on “What to do without Google Reader

  1. I’m using Feedly, but I totally hear what you’re saying about being able to read blogs at work. Glad I work at a place where reading blogs and being on social media is part of the job!

  2. being able to comment on blogs with the reader is huge! I also downloaded the app, but it is really designed for the iphone not the ipad so it looks kind of funny!

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