Unless you live under a rock, you may have noticed the news: As of July 1st, Google Reader will be no more. Seeing as that’s what I use for my blog reading, I was crushed! I had no idea what to do, so I tried a few different readers:
Feedly – Not bad, but I hated all the clicking. I had to click on the folder, click on the post to open a post IN Feedly, then click on it again to open it in another window to comment, then click AGAIN to close the post, and then again to mark as read. Not to mention the commenting on the post page. BUT, this one is pretty awesome for the iPad. It’s so easy for me to go through and read all my blogs, flagging the ones I want to comment on later. I have issues when it comes to commenting on the iPad — for some reason, certain comment forms don’t let me put in my info so I CAN comment.
The Old Reader – I really liked the look of this one, but it was way too slow for me. It seemed to take forever to load anything. AND it was difficult to export and import my feeds from Google Reader. I also couldn’t figure out how to make folders and I NEED folders for my reading habits. I’m still thinking of checking this one out once more.
Pulse – This was a no right from the beginning. I love the look of Pulse and used it a lot as a mobile app, but I couldn’t create any folders and it didn’t seem to like me JUST adding blogs. It wanted me to add interests. Well, screw you, Pulse – I just want to add blogs!
NetVibes – This one looked incredibly confusing AND it looked like I had to pay to use it effectively?
Bloglovin‘ – Simple to import my blogs, to make folders, and it looks nice. I also like that I can read blogs with the Bloglovin’ frame, which lets me go from blog post to blog post; I can like certain posts AND comment right within the frame. The only glitch I’ve found is that the frame sometimes disappears when I comment, so I have to go back and reopen the folder I was looking in. AND it doesn’t have an app for iPad, which kind of sucks.
One thing I’m noticing in my search is that I really want an app for my iPad. I like using it for commenting, but I want things to be EASY, too. It’s nice to read the blogs on it, when I have time, and then comment later. But it seems that there are very few applications that have an iPad app. And, when they do, the version in the browser is either confusing or finicky.
Here are some links to what other bloggers are suggesting:
- Rachelia outlines some other options for us — mainly, FeedDemon, Feedly, NetVibes, and The Old Reader.
- Hannah talks about Feedly — one that I’m thinking of using.
- Jen writes a letter to Google.
- Danny outlines a LOT of different options, as well as instructions for exporting your subscriptions from Google Reader.
- Michele talks about her experiences finding a new reader.
- Parajunkee lists a few options for an alternative reader.
Have you tried any of the other readers? What have your preferences been?