I hate change. Especially when it’s forced upon me. When I’m ready for a change, I like to be the one to initiate it. On my terms. But I don’t like it when, out of the blue, things suddenly change on me without any warning. Like this whole Google Reader thing coming to an end forever starting July 1.
I know Google warned us in March, but now that the end date is looming ever closer, it’s more of a reality now. I’m so sad because Google Reader (GR) is perfect and I don’t want to say good bye. But I know that I must. So now I’m searching for a suitable blog reader alternative, even though I know none of them will come close.
After some research, I had it narrowed down to two choices: Bloglovin’ and Feedly. I migrated all my blogs (447 of them!) to Bloglovin’ and immediately found that I hated the user interface. It’s nothing like GR and the features are way too simple and bare bones for my taste. All of my blogs are listed in alphabetical order on the right side and all the feeds are on the left side with the photos showing. I don’t like that all. I don’t have any control over anything and the interface is way too simple. I don’t know why a lot of the bloggers I’m following are raving over this reader. It seems to be geared for teenagers.
Then I migrated all my blogs over to Feedly. While this is no GR, I like this reader a lot better than Bloglovin’. The layout is kind of similar to GR and it has preferences that I can set up to make it look the way I want it. It does take some getting used to and I’m still figuring out my way around the desktop. I found this helpful article with tips on getting the most out of the Feedly desktop. One thing I don’t like is that my blogs are listed in alphabetical order instead of in order of favorites, but I’m hoping that’s something they’ll change in the future.
One scary thing about Feedly is that once you close out of it and try to get back into it later, it seems virtually impossible to reopen because it doesn’t have a login button on its home page anywhere. You’re supposed to be able to login through Google, but I couldn’t find it. I was panicking, until after some searching, I discovered that you have to go to this link: http://www.feedly.com/home. They should really tell you that after you sign up.
So I think I’ve found my GR replacement for now. It will never be the same as GR, but it will have to do. At least Feedly is visually appealing and I have some control over the layout. I’m still holding out hope that some other reader will come along that’s a virtual clone of GR so I won’t have to miss out on many of the features that I know and love from GR.
Have you switched to a new reader yet? If so, which one are you using and why?