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Google Reader Going Away – But, I Hope You’ll Stay

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Like half the blog-o-sphere, I gaped in disbelief when I read that Google is planning to discontinue its feed reader service beginning July 1st. After denial, there was, predictably, anger. I’ve been subscribing to blogs through Google Reader ever since I started blogging and the last thing I wanted to do was spend hours looking for a replacement RSS feeder.

But, alas, change keeps on coming despite me digging in my heels and hoping everything will stay the same.

FrustrationI’ve spent the last couple of days researching new feed readers and have pretty much decided that the best thing to do is to re-activate my subscription to Feedly. It is not the perfect system (I hate being forced to open each article separately in order to read the post), but it seems to be the easiest one to transition to for now. Feedly promises its users that the transition from Google Reader to Feedly will be “seamless” on July 1st. And it is very simple to copy your current subscriptions to the Feedly home page (it even remembers your folders – yay!). I figure that I can go this route for now and always change to another system down the road if I want to do so.

I currently have 455 subscribers to my blog through Google Reader and it scares me just a little that come July 1st all those subscribers will disappear because it is too time consuming or confusing to re-subscribe through another feed reader. I hope you’ll stick around and find a service that works for you rather than stop reading my blog! If you are like me – completely overwhelmed – then I would suggest simply opening an account with Feedly. Google Reader and Feedly are currently “connected”…meaning that if you decide you want to continue with Google Reader right up until the last minute, no problems – everything you do on Google Reader neatly syncs over to Feedly and vice versa.

You can also check out other options here.

Today I went through all my subscriptions and deleted those which had not posted anything in the last 3 months…and also those who only show an abbreviated feed. The ruthless culling will probably continue in the coming months. But for now – I’m exhausted.

Oh, by the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

8 Comments

  1. March 17, 2013    

    It’s funny, but I actually culled my GR before the announcement due to lack of time. I’ve definitely narrowed down which blogs I’m following and also cut those who haven’t updated in a while. I’m not sure about Feedly – it is so different to me than GR. I may go back to Bloglines, but I’m still investigating.

  2. March 17, 2013    

    I also did some ruthless culling and I’m hoping it makes things easier when forced to transition.

  3. March 18, 2013    

    I have gone into meltdown too – I have come over to feedlr for now. They promise that all you guys won’t get lost when google reader closes down. I just hope if you all do I can find you all again 🙂

  4. March 18, 2013    

    I find myself culling every so often too. It’s like weeding my garden — sometimes my feeds get out of control!

    I have a couple follow-up questions for you (feel free to use email if you prefer … or just ignore me LOL!)

    1) About Feedy, you wrote, “I hate being forced to open each article separately in order to read the post”. I may be misinterpreting this, but for me Feedly works exactly the same as Google Reader — I see headlines and when I click on the headline the article expands to show the full post (unless the source is set to show an abbreviated feed). Maybe this is a settings thing?

    2) How do you know how many blog subscribers come from Google Reader?

    Thanks! 🙂

  5. Ti Ti
    March 18, 2013    

    I was following your blog before all this but somehow you fell off my reader. Not sure when it happened, but when I moved over to Feedly I checked to make sure everyone was there and you were not, so I re-added you.

    I have the same worries as you. Feedly was pretty easy to set-up but so many readers are not technically savvy. It does take a little bit of time to get everything looking like you want it.

  6. March 19, 2013    

    I’m also not thrilled to see Reader disappear. It certainly saved me a lot of time when I used it. Bernie has sent me a link for Feedly to check it out — what a fine husband he is to indulge his wife’s desire to keep up with comics and blogs.

  7. March 21, 2013    

    I just switched to Feedly- was forced to sooner than I’d have liked. I was planning to seriously cull my reader as well, and had received notification that in July Google Reader would disappear- and then one day last week I simply could not open Reader. The option just wasn’t there anymore where I’m used to accessing it. It was really annoying. All of my stuff seems to have transferred to Feedly just fine, I’m still tinkering with the settings.

  8. March 25, 2013    

    I switched to Feedly too and by the way, you can change your settings so you don’t have to click on each post to read the entire post. Just go to Preferences and change “Default View” to full articles. That was the ONE major issue I had with Feedly when I started using it and once I figured out how to do that, I was sold. I’ve been happy with it so far.

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