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a tip for all you google reader users.

14 Mar 2013

hey people!

i’ve noticed that quite a few of you that i follow are having a little bit of anxiety about the fact that google reader is shutting down (in july, i think). i don’t use google to read my blogs, and i had no idea it was so popular. sounds like it’s been THE go to place for reading blogs.

now, i am in no way an expert or anything. i don’t really know much about all of this, but I know what works for me. and, since i don’t use google reader, i thought i’d share with y’all two other ways i’ve found that help you easily organize and keep reading your favorite bloggers.

1. WordPress (for wordpress blogs only!)

if you read a wordpress blog, you may notice a little follow button at the top left side of the blog’s page. click it and the posts will begin showing up in your wordpress.com reader.

where is your wordpress reader? go to wordpress.com, sign in, and click on “reader”. your favorite bloggers newest posts will appear chronologically (newest first) and you can easily “like” the post right there on that page, or click on the post and read it on their blog page (the thing to do if you want to leave a comment). the blog opens in a new window. easy peasy.

2. Bloglovin’ (for ALL blogs – which perhaps is easiest, since it can be any blog from any server/website).

Bloglovin’ is simply another website where you can add blogs/websites that you follow. it organizes blogs in the same way as wordpress does. newest first. it is really user-friendly, i think. and you can add/register your blog as well, and hopefully gain new readers! i am following most of you here.

ironically, when i clicked on my Bloglovin’ bookmark a few minutes ago, i saw this:

Google Reader is shutting down July 1st.

Make sure that your blog readers know that they’ll still be able to follow your blog through bloglovin.

P.S. You can import blogs from Google Reader to bloglovin here.

so, Bloglovin’ is directing you to a page in order to easily import all the blogs you follow in google reader into bloglovin’… i’m guessing with just a few simple clicks. nice.

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because i want things as simple as possible, i stay signed into my wordpress account and my bloglovin’ account all the time, and i have them as bookmarks at the top of my browser. then, when i click on either bookmark, all the newest blogs appear on my screen and i can see what amazing things y’all have been writing about.

i hope this helps a little. and i hope you understood my information. if you have any questions or need clarification on something, just let me know! good luck!

peace out.

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  • Reply Erin/Lux 14 Mar 2013 at 20:08

    A REALLY good one I have found is feedly.com–if you sign in with them before July 1 they will seamlessly move all of your feeds over for you. Awesome!

    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/

    • Reply liz 14 Mar 2013 at 20:15

      cool! thanks for the tip and the link! 🙂

  • Reply MakingSpace 14 Mar 2013 at 21:07

    Thanks for all of this info. I am going to make the switch soon.

    • Reply liz 15 Mar 2013 at 09:03

      hope it helped a little!

  • Reply carissalick 14 Mar 2013 at 21:35

    I’m gonna have to make the change as well… it was pretty shocking to hear that Google is totally dropping the Reader, but it’s good to know there are other similar options out there.

    • Reply liz 15 Mar 2013 at 09:04

      yep. you got quite a few options to choose from. 🙂

  • Reply SWBVR 15 Mar 2013 at 11:17

    thanks 🙂 Feedly was recommended to me yesterday (by a friend of mine who works at Google and received a rant from me!) but i didn’t get a chance to look in to it. I went with blog lovin’ because it sounds more friendly and is based around blogs and not just any feeds which probably means it’s more user friendly (speculation!) At this moment in time though, Bloglovin is currently only coming up with error messages in trying to export all my Google Reader feeds!

    • Reply SWBVR 15 Mar 2013 at 11:21

      scrap that last comment, despite the ‘errors’ it exported my blogs. So far, it looks user friendly enough 🙂

      • Reply liz 18 Mar 2013 at 10:18

        yay! glad it worked out!

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