Weeks ago Google announced that come July, the Google Reader will cease to exist. Being that I use my Reader daily and rely on it follow SEVERAL blogs (too many actually… but we’ll keep that our little secret), this was really sad news to me. It was time to see what else was available and I had no idea where to start. But since Google Reader was quitting on me, I was going to break up with it first.
A handful of recommendations came from friends, but I decided to try three that I heard the most: Bloglovin’, Newsblur and Feedly. And I’m feeling Feedly.
I signed up for Bloglovin’ first because I have several visitors to my own site from Bloglovin’ and I really like the idea of viewing a post on page instead of in a reader (which if you’re a blogger, you understand the importance of pageviews). But I didn’t gel with it. I liked the visually pleasing part of it, but it wasn’t what I was used to. I’m a creature of habit. And I just stumbled with it too much that it was a hassle to read my favorite blogs.
Newsblur was next but I didn’t get too far it – they were only accepting paid subscriptions for their RSS reader services. (Google’s announcement may have sent people in a panic.) I wasn’t to kosher with the idea of paying for something at the time, so I just passed on it. One less thing to explore.
An example of the Bloglovin’ toolbar.
Feedly was last and it was the one that stuck . It currently works through Google Reader (which I hope is something that’s being figured out as it’s going away), but all of the blogs I follow, all the categories I had imported in an instant. Nothing was lost, new subscriptions have been a cinch to add and organizing is actually easier. And they offer a few different layouts as well. I like the listed style as it resembles what I’m used to, but you can change to a magazine view or even full post.
My Feedly home page.
The listed view of titles. Just like Google Reader.
So while there’s a possibility I may change my mind later – or I’ll be forced to change my mind like I am now – I’m sticking with Feedly. There are several more RSS feed readers out there but I’m done shopping for now. Feedly is clean, neatly organized, offers viewing options to mix it up and it’s free. And even though it’s something new, it’s not too far from what I loved about Google Reader which makes the experience better for yours truly. I hope you can find a new feed reader that makes the transition easy for you… because Google Reader will be dumping us soon.