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Monday, June 10, 2013

Readers Revisited

I've finally had a quiet couple of hours to check out all the options I listed (here) as a replacement for Google Reader.  I was not happy.

I'm not sure if I haven't investigated them fully, or they're just woefully inadequate for my needs. I am so going to miss Google Reader. It goes bye-bye July 1, 2013.

What are you using as a replacement? Is there one that most closely resembles Google Reader?


I am rushing to catch up after a week of company and entertaining. I've got two cover art assignments waiting for me. And I've been terribly negligent at visiting blogs (and weeding gardens). It was impossible to get online with so much company underfoot. Now I'm exhausted. Am I a wus or does having company tire you out too?


Still no goats! My goat guy keeps promising to deliver but it's been raining every time he's been off. Good for the garden. Not so good for rounding up galloping goats on a hundred acres of pasture.


I made some hard decisions for 2014. I won't be announcing any changes until the end of the year. By then I hope to have ironed out any loose ends. I think the changes will give me more time to socialize and expand my horizons, but some tasks will have to be sacrificed. More news in December!

Help, please. What most closely resembles Google Reader? My obsessive-compulsive self doesn't want to give up the clean ordered list I've created with Google.


Anonymous said...

With the new job I'm just not getting around to anyone the way I want to.

For the moment, I'm email subscribing to the blogs I REALLY must keep up with. I know that's not an option for you with the number you keep up with. It's not even an option for the majority of the ones I'd LIKE to keep up with, LOL.

Wordpress has a blog reader thing similar to the one Blogger has but I've always felt it was cumbersome. I'm definitely sad to see Google Reader go!

Grumble, grumble, changes, grumble, grumble...

LD Masterson said...

It takes almost as long to recover from company as they were with you. Same for being away from home.

I haven't come up with a Google reader replacement. Doing sort of a patchwork method right now but it's really inefficient. If you come up with a good one, please share.

Anonymous said...

I, too, will miss Google Reader. Have you tried Feedly yet? You can import directly with your Google Login and I'm finding it the most comparable to Reader so far. I'm kind of digging it, especially on my phone. Give it a whirl!

Sarah Ahiers said...

i haven't made any sort of decision yet about google reader. I'll probably give feedly a try i suppose. Sigh

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We can't keep up with weeding here. Too much rain. Hope you get your goats soon.

Mike Keyton said...

Ref google reader and alternatives, the whole thing is above my pay grade, but I sympathise with the anti climax and tireness after a week hosting company. When the last plate is in the dishwasher and I have a glass in my hand, recovery comes quickly.

And as usual you leave a nice hook as to what 'Maria's going to do next' albeit 2014 : ) I'm sure it'll be good.

Angela Brown said...

Sadly, I am at a loss regarding Google Reader and will be doing the "Woe is me" dance when it flies off to yonder digital fringes.

I couldn't help picturing wrangling goats on wet acreage. The picture just seemed like a Looney Tunes moment lol!

Gwen Gardner said...

Company is tiring - maybe too much mental interaction weighs on the physical aspect, I guess.

Our neighbors have goats (Twilight and Sammy) who are pretty cute, except when they wake me up at 4 a.m. LOL.

I haven't chosen an alternative replacement for Google Reader yet, but I've heard Feedly is good.

Can't wait to hear your news for 2014!

Jackie Burris said...

Bloglovin works great on mobile phone, have not really committed to trying to make lists and etc with it on my computer yet as have not used google reader in 2 years due to getting my email posts from blogs I follow, when that is gone so is my blog hopping probably because most times keep up on my smart phone.

Maria the goats will come, if the weather in your area ever stays settled down for a week or two when you and the man with the animals are both available.

Company tiring, yes kind of like having to be onstage presenting your best face to the crowd but when the curtain goes down you are still "performing"!

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Last night, I deleted 75 blogs off my reader because Pulse Reader said there were too many. It still wasn't enough.

I need to pare them down though. There's too many.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: Even when they try to be helpful, they wear you out. It was easier to take them sightseeing or shopping.

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: Feedly and Old Reader have proven the most reliable so far, but I'm clicking on too many tabs. What I prefer is something where all my blogs are segmented and displayed at once rather than me clicking on each one.

Just have to get used to it, I guess.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Feedly is good. I'm kind of leaning toward Old Reader though because it seems less complicated. But I'll give it a couple of weeks before I make a decision.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: I don't want to badmouth the rain. LOL. We don't get enough of it. Saves on my water bill.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I should've had that glass of wine!! That's what I was missing.

I'm not sure fans will like what I have planned for 2014. But my friends will probably like that I'll be around more. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: Whatever you decide, archive your subscriptions now before Google Reader goes away. Once it's gone, you won't be able to access it.

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: Company is stressful--especially when they're relatives. They tend to be more comfortable about going through your drawers and closets and drinking your wine. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: Goat guy just texted me. He says he might be able to deliver tomorrow.

I'll believe it when I see it!

Anne Gallagher said...

I wish I could get some goats. I hate mowing the lawn.

I've been using Feedly. It's the closest thing to Reader I think. I've played around with the buttons when I set it up, so it looks more like reader.

If you've put all your blogs into categories, Feedly should deliver them exactly the way you have them. On the left of the feed, there are three lines

that will bring you to your original categories.

Dru said...

I'm getting use to Feedly.

Maria Zannini said...

Anne: The only thing that concerns me is that Feedly is pulling directly from Google Reader. What happens when Google goes away? Will it still know to pull from those subscriptions?

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: Feedly is prettier, but a little more complex. If I can get used to the format--and keep it locked, I think it could work.

For some reason, every time I make changes to the format, it reverts to its default setting. I'm not sure why.

Jenny Schwartz said...

Goats! I want photos and I'm prepared to nag till I get them :)

I saw your photo and story of Nana on FB. She is gorgeous and so clever.

I use Feedly, but I click the "All" option so that it kind of looks like Google Reader. That's working okay for me. Though I think my blog reading time is shrinking. Rats to busy lives!

Goats! (see, I said I'd nag) :)

Maria Zannini said...


Goats for girl-pirate photos. Yeah, you know what I mean. LOL!

Wish me luck that they show up tomorrow.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Yeah, company always tires me out, too. I just don't know how to be entertaining, that's the problem!

Sorry I can't help re: Google reader. I just look at the list on my blog and see what interests me, but I'm sure I don't follow near the number of blogs that you do!

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I'm thinking about starting fresh and methodically reading all the blogs on my list to see if I'm still interested, or if they're still posting.

Marguerite Butler said...

A goat update? Can't wait for you to get the goats. Once you get them, you might join the goatwisdom group on Facebook, Maria. Lots of helpful folks in the group with tons of knowledge.

Maria Zannini said...

Marguerite: Goat update coming on Thursday. :)

Thanks for the tip on the goat group!