Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

Death of Google Reader

I, like millions of others, am still very sad/mad about the death of Google Reader. Mostly because I find that I’m not reading/engaging with blogs anywhere near as much now as I was before with Reader. Anyone else find this too?

I switched both to The Old Reader and feedly when Reader died back in June. After a few hiccups with The Old Reader, I’ve stuck with feedly. I’m not super in love, but it does it purpose ( for the most part).

I was, like every other internet thing, late to the blogging reading world ( and even later to the ‘being a blogger’ world). Google Reader was my place where I was able to organize blogs I read for work, fun, and to follow people I was finding online. It opened my world up to new museums, new people who changed my life, and so many delicious ( and some not!) recipes.

I read blogs throughout the day, but they are a huge part of my morning routine both during the week and on the weekends. They have been my constant companion during work lunchtimes at my desk. When I received my iPad for Christmas, blog reading became even more fun and accessible.

All of that hasn’t changed for me now that Reader is gone. I still love blogs, but I find I’m not reading as many of them as in the past, missing a lot of posts by some of my favorite bloggers, and definitely not engaging/commenting as much as I used to. Some of it I think is because of feedly’s format and how easy it is to scan the blog articles by title without seeing more of the post and pictures. I’ve also stopped following some food related blogs because the content is often duplicated on Pinterest, the spot I’ve designated for organizing my online brain. In general though, feedly and some of the other blog reading aggregators just don’t feel as useful, good, or fun as Reader. Change is hard and when it’s your favorite online tool that goes away, it’s tough to throw yourself into the new thing in the same way.

Anyone else feel like their blog reading/experiencing has changed since the death of Google Reader?

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3 thoughts on “Death of Google Reader

  1. I definitely can relate to this. Google has not only gotten rid off the Google Reader but will also (in 12 days) get rid off iGoogle.
    I loved iGoogle, because I could take a look at emails, new blogs posts, news (and much more) all on one page.
    I have to say, I have kind of gotten used to Feedly and like the way it works, but my blog reading has become much more inconsistent, mostly because I have to open a whole new tab to read. It doesn’t just show up on my homepage (iGoogle), where I can skim emails and blog posts throughout the day.

    It’s sad that Google got rid of those useful tools. I am still wondering, WHY?

  2. I have not read a blog till this time since Googled killed off their reader. I have also started back to blogging and I am excited!

  3. I am not finding much of a difference, honestly. Feedly acts much like Google Reader did and they are constantly coming up with new ways to make it better. I like Feedly, though they need to work on how pictures are formatted because it always looks so messy! Other than that, I find it’s easier to add/remove blogs than it was with Reader and it works just fine for me.

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