Feeling Feedly | A Review of RSS Feed Readers

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.

Kinzie - Ughhhhhhhhh I have been blissfully ignoring the impending date of doom in which Google Reader ceases to exist. I’ve actually been using Feedly too, and liking it! But I still fall back to reading my blogs in google reader, because it’s on my igoogle hompage. Why do they have to do this to us?!

My biggest issue with Feedly so far is that the iPhone app continually forgets who I am, so I’m constantly having to reconnect it with my google account over and over and over again. Annoying. But, like you, I’m fairly satisfied with it too. :)

It’s Derby Time!

The Kentucky Derby has come and gone already this year.  *tear*

I was so lucky to spend the morning with a sorority sister and her family and friends as she married her honey – they headed off to Churchill Downs to celebrate right after.  (By the way, there are a couple sneak peeks on my Facebook page.)  It was a GREAT start to my day, but not long after, I was making whisky meatballs and getting cozy at Martha and Alan’s for their annual Derby party.  And with the weather this wonderful city was blessed with yesterday, I am so happy that I stayed indoors.  ;)

Surrounded by good food, great company and the Derby $2 pot, I had the absolute best time.  It would have been better if I’d won the $2 pot (Inky won all $38) or if my horse had won (what happened, Frac Daddy?), but I honestly wouldn’t have changed anything.  A lot of laughs were shared, a lot of sugar was given to a 2-year-old, and it was a pleasure to be with everyone again this year.  There’s something in the air this time of year (besides the smell of mint, bourbon and horses) and I love it!  Until Kentucky Derby 140…

Chow Wagon Opening Day | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

My girlfriends and I have a long-standing tradition: The Chow Wagon.  With the Kentucky Derby Festival in full gear, we hit it up the opening day last week.  It happened to be the same day as the hot air balloon glimmer.  *small claps*  But every year we meet on the Waterfront, share a few cold drinks, eat horribly awesome deep-fried food, talk about the latest, relive the best and leave with more good stories for next time.

I’ve been friends with Abby and Kelly for years.  I’m so glad that we keep each other around.  :)

I had my camera stuffed in my purse and threw on my lightest lens: the nifty fifty.  It’s been a while since I’ve used it, but I was hoping for some great backlight images.  Just for fun.

Kelly wanted to try next.  She’s long been obsessed with taking photos, has the most pictures of all of us together, goes through cameras like whoa.  I told her to try to have our bodies block the sun… she said she couldn’t do it… so we helped. :)

Kelly finally got it after a few tries.  It makes me smile.

But the balloons – I love hot air balloons!  With a little over a week before the Kentucky Derby, all things are racing related.  The marathon, the bed races, the steamboat race, but the balloon race is one of my favorites.  So many balloons in the air at once – I actually saw this way off in the sky over downtown Louisville while I made my way to work on Friday.  Once dusk settled, that’s when I wished I had more than the 50mm only because it was too zoomed to capture the whole experience.

But we worked with what we got… had fun with the Wicked balloon… and took advantage of the few seconds heat they put off as they glimmered.  Our annual tradition keeps going strong.

Tomorrow is Derby Day  – the 139th run for the roses.  I’m celebrating local-style with good friends and good food from the comfort of a couch.  But just because I’m not at Churchill Downs doesn’t mean I don’t cheer my horse on as loud as I can.  Go Baby, GO!

Amy - I love these. Especially you blocking the sun. And the Wicked balloon remake. Also, love your sweater. Also your face.

Baby Lucy {newborn} | Louisville Newborn Photographer

Jessica and Jeremy decided to wait until their baby’s birthday to find it was a boy or a girl – and this was complete torture to their family and friends.  Because Baby Gray was taking nothing but sweet time to make an entrance.  It took right around 42 weeks, but the time to go to the hospital finally arrived – and it was a girl.

Lucy Renee.

Sweet, sweet Lucy has the bluest blue eyes, a perfect little round head, ears that are pinned back and constant array of looks of concern.  She’s has grown so fast, from the small, sleepy one-week-old I held for hours.  To a light sleeper who’s more interested in what’s going on around her.  She’s undoubtedly loved by everyone who loves her parents; seeing Jessica and Jeremy with their little one is proof that they’re Lucy’s biggest fans.

I love seeing friends become parents.  Part of the person they were before is slightly altered – a little softer, more gentle.  Luckily, Jessica and Jeremy’s humor is not amiss as they have no problem “Lion King-ing” Lucy and laughing at themselves even though their life has turned upside down into something different.   But in a totally perfect, squishy-baby way that could never be replaced.

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Some small proof of “Lion King-ing” and big laughs.  Jeremy is never short of making someone’s day better with a smile.

Gray Family | Louisville Newborn Photographer

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My absolute favorite one.  How can you not just stare right back at Baby Lucy?  And those crimped lips?  I love them.

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We had to take a few shots of Lucy’s feet.  Since she’s been born, she’s been in a brace to help her little baby hips be nice and strong so when it’s time to crawl, she can take off.  These toes haven’t seen much daylight so it was a must-have.  I was happy to oblige. :)  Love me some Baby Lucy.

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - You’ve captured these moments so beautifully. I think yawning Lucy is my fave.

Rachel - Gorgeous!! I always knew that Jeremy would make a great dad. He is just such a kind, funny guy. And that comes through in your photos.

Meredith - I have tears. The beauty. Asleep on her mother…the yawn. Thank you Jeremy, Jessica, Lucy and Brooke. Carl Sandburg said -“A Baby is God’s way of saying the world should go on.” You guys all just became a really nice example of that and it made my day.

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Doggin Love No. 2 | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer

Oh BDD.  You brought this on yourself, you silly mutt, you.

We’re not sure why, but the BDD had a hankering to itch a scratch to the point that her fur disappeared.  On her tail.  A big bald spot with broken black fur, with pinkish-gray spotted skin showing through and one single sore that she just couldn’t keep from licking.

We doctored it with peroxide.  We doctored it with Neosporin.  But we kept catching her going to town on her tail over and over again, licking it like a Tootsie Roll Pop.  So we took matter into our own hands and shamed the dog so that her tail wouldn’t lose more fur and the sore could get better.  Shamed for sure.  In the form of a cone.

I’m sorry BDD – I know it’s weird, but so are you.  Sadly, this is how it’s going to shake out for a while.  I still love you though.

Susan - Poor BDD. She looks so sad, but its for her own good.