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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hasta la Vista, Google Reader. Now What?

As many of you know, Google Reader is fading into the sunset July 1, 2013 (that's only 2 weeks away!). So if you are one of their millions of users, you're likely scurrying to find a new reader for your favorite blogs and news sites.

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But have no fear, I've done a little digging, and found, what I think to be, the best alternatives to Google Reader. Once you create a free account, both make it simple to migrate over by quickly importing the blogs from your Google Reader feed.


Nevermind the annoying goofy name...this is the site I've migrated to, and so far, I love it. It's got a really clean, user-friendly interface, and is simple to use. Once you sign up, you'll want to migrate the existing blogs from your Google Reader feed.

First, click on this link:

And it will take you to this page. 

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Then click that blue button that reads, 'Import from Google Reader.' It will ask for permission to access your Google Reader account, then import all your blogs over in a manner of minutes. It looks very similar to Google Reader, so you'll feel comfortable with it right away.


Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

You can view all your blogs by most recent feed, or click on one to see all their posts. From there you can save the post by 'liking' it, or share via Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

To add new blogs to your reader, just type them in the search bar, and click the blue 'Follow' button.
Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

Bloglovin' also helps you find new blogs by subject category, or what's most popular.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

If you're like me, you follow a crazy number of blogs, and they get a little difficult to sort through. By clicking the heart icon, you can manage your blogs by creating and placing them in separate groups. Like food, diy, home decor, fashion, daily reads, etc.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Migrate Google Reader to Feedly and Bloglovin

The funny thing about blogging, is you have less time to actually read blogs. So my favorite aspect of Bloglovin, is receiving all my favorite feeds in a single email every night.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin



2) Feedly

Feedly is a cloud based reader that is available for web browsers and mobile operating systems.
On their homepage you will find a button that prompts you to click and install Feedly. It detects the browser you are using and will show the correct button for your browser.


how to install feedly

If you're using Chrome or Safari, a new tab will open with Feedly. If using Firefox, you will need to restart your browser to finish the installation. Your next step is to connect your Google Reader account. If you are using Chrome or Safari, this screen will prompt you to get started immediately after installation.

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Once you allow permission for access to your Google Reader, they will automatically import all your feeds.

Hi Sugarplum | How to Migrate your Google Reader to Feedly

To search for blogs, click 'Add Content,' then type the name in the search box.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

Once you're following that blog, you can edit the preferences and create a group to categorize it.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin

You can also view your feeds in several formats. Magazine and Full Feed look to be the easiest to read.

Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin


Hi Sugarplum | Migrating to Feedly and Bloglovin


Hopefully this post was easy enough to follow, and was somewhat helpful! I know all the screen shots get confusing, and I'm certainly no techy-expert! I just don't want you guys to lose touch with your favorite blogs July 1st. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll try to answer them.

Do you use a Reader? If so, what's your favorite? What are you going to use once Google Reader goes away?

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17 comments:

  1. I actually read all my fave blogs through my blog roll on my sidebar. I don't think that will change, right? Most of them are there because I "follow" them through GFC so I may have to input them again using their URLs. Okay, now I'm talking to myself. Sorry. What I was going to say is that I just haven't meshed with Bloglovin yet.

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    1. Cassie--I'm confused. Help, oh technical one! Is GFC connected to Google Reader? I'm with Amy. I've just always read most of my blogs through my blogroll on the sidebar...

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  2. I made the switch to Bloglovin' about a month ago. I like it. It is glitchy sometimes, but it's not too big of an issue.

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  3. I been using both for now. Bloglovin is super easy to set up!

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  4. I started using bloglovin' about a month ago and it's pretty handy. I like getting the daily email with a recap of what was published throughout the day; one stop shopping to read all my favorite blogs!
    Thanks for posting this Cassie. I would probably never have remembered to move my other blogs over!

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  5. I've been following your blog on Feedly for the past month now... they've got a pretty straightforward way of pulling all of your google reader settings over!

    www.cloud.feedly.com

    :)

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  6. OOPS! I just saw that Feedly was one of your suggestions... the big news today is that they have a web-app (it used to require a browser extension). Now it's really, really convenient :)

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  7. Thanks for the reminder! I just signed up for Bloglovin'. Don't want to miss out on my favorite blogs.

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  8. Just signed up at Bloglovin the other day ;) Never heard of the other -I'm so behind!

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  9. I made the move to bloglovin a few months ago. I love it! I just downloaded the app for my iphone the other day! Now I can read on the go! Another app I discovered a few months ago is Pocket!

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  10. Bloglovin seems like a good alternative....I've been trying it for a month now. I'm still grieving the loss of Reader. Bloglovin is more than just "glitchy"...all my subscriptions disappear one day and then some (not all) appear the next.

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  11. flow reader is another option. just started using it yesterday so i don't have too much feedback other than it's super simple to import google accounts.

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  12. Thanks for breaking this down!!! I guess change is good right?

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  13. this is awesome! thanks for putting it together. i've been using bloglovin and agree with its ease of use and purty interface.

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  14. I have always followed my blogs on Blogger (where I have my blog). I know that is run by Google so I wonder if that will be affected? Hummmmm... but thanks for the heads up!

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  15. Thanks so much for such a thorough instructional! I've linked to you for my own readers :) x

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  16. Do you know Feeddler? It's only available on ipad, but it is by far my favorite reader! I find it less confusing than Feedly... no graphics to confuse you! No one ever seems to mention it(because yes, it's only iPad), but it is definitely worth considering.
    Blog Lovin' I don't like at all because unless a blogger takes the time to register there, their blog cannot be found on it.
    It's all too confusing!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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