A long while back I took what for me was a huge leap in techno geekery… I started using Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs I like to follow.
It was as if heaven opened up and the angels began to sing. No longer did I go one by one down my blogroll, which like a teenager was growing exponentially not by the day, but seemingly by the hour. Instead I was notified when new blog postings were published. My Internet perusing time was cut in half, nay, by thirds, no quarters.
Now, I’ve been informed that as of July 1, Google Reader will be no more. After a day of teeth gnashing, and hair pulling, I gathered myself together and began the arduous task of finding something to do with the list of 250 blogs that I follow.
Google has made it somewhat easy to create an archive of my list, allowing me to download a copy of the collected data to export to a new Reader.
Through my extensive research (I spent a good portion of one Sunday morning perusing various options), I decided to give Feedly a try. I was able to sync my Google subscriptions easily and they stayed in their category files. I’m not saying the Reader I picked is the best, but it’s working well for me. (Disclaimer: I am not being compensated by Feedly, it’s simply the platform I liked best.)
If you’re facing the same decision I am, what to do with all those blogs you like, there is another option: email subscriptions.
Most blogs offer this feature, allowing you to sign-up for direct notifications of a new post, and unlike Certain Readers-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named, email isn’t going anywhere. My subscription registration is located near the top of my sidebar – just click on “Follow” and input your email address.
I guess this is a round about way for me to invite visitors to subscribe to my blog if you’re searching for a new way to manage your reading list.
I appreciate your support and would hate to lose any of you.
*An excerpt of this post was originally published on IMSO August 21, 2009; meaning I have used a Reader to manage my blog roll for nearly four years.