Bloglovin' is already quite popular amongst bloggers and I signed up for a Bloglovin' account around the same time I started my blog. They've implemented a simple process which makes importing your Google Reader feeds quite easy. While I do use Bloglovin', I've never really been fully sold on it as you can't display/read full posts on there which is something I hope they'll eventually change. They offer an extension for Google Chrome as well as mobile versions for iOS and Android. If you use Bloglovin', be sure to follow rolala loves here.
THE OLD READER
Smashing Reader is simple and straightforward with a Google Reader-like interface minus the sidebar. You can migrate your information by signing in with your Google account or uploading a file >While it's nice and clean looking, it's pretty much no-frills without any real customization or organizational abilities. Your feeds are listed alphabetically in a drop-down menu up top. This is a web only basic reader.
Another option worth mentioning is Flipboard ifyou like to catch up on your feeds on a mobile device. I use it on my iPad and the way it's set up feels like you're flipping through a lovely magazine. You can also stay up to date with your social media accounts on there.
These are just the ones I've personally tried but you can find a more comprehensive list with many other options here. Feedly is my favorite of these followed by The Old Reader. I'll probably continue using them both for the time being before settling on one. I'm also interested in checking out the new reader that Digg has been developing.
No matter how you decide to follow your favorite blogs/sites after July 1, I would strongly recommend that you save a file of your Google Reader subscriptions. Here's how.
- Make sure you're signed into your Google account and go to Google Takeout
- Select "Choose Services" and choose "Reader"
- Click on "Create Archive" to save your files
- When they're ready, just click "Download" to save them as a ZIP file onto your computer. Once you extract them, the key file is the one named "subscriptions.xml" as that contains all the vital data that you will need if you switch to another reader in which you will have to import your feeds so make sure you back that file up.
I hope you've found this helpful. Please feel free to share it. I'd love to know what you're using and how you're liking it.If you're using a reader that I haven't mentioned here, please let me know. And no matter what you use, make sure you stay connected with rolala loves. And you can always follow via email, or friend me on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter as well. Thanks for reading!
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