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Before The Time Runs Out – To Replace The Google Reader, It Is. Or – How Do You Follow?

Path to followIf there ever be a contest for the longest blog post title, I would have a good shot at winning, don’t you think? It also shows that I can’t make decisions – as to what title is better, as the least. But then I know from the business world that huge number (majority?) of e-mails are not read past the first line, so one really needs to put out all at once…

Anyway, let’s move closer to the subject. As you probably know, Google announced the End of Life for their Reader as of July 1st – and I don’t know about you, but Google Reader was one of my tools of choice to follow the blogs en masse. With Google reader, it was easy to see what is new with the blogs I follow, and easy to focus on reading posts from one blog at a time. Yes, you can subscribe to follow most of the blogs via e-mail – possible, but considering how we all are inundated with the e-mails, it is easy to expect that many posts will just slip through the cracks – lots of e-mails will accumulate for “I will read it later” section, until one gets overwhelmed with amount of unread e-mails and then hits “delete all” button.

Just to give you an idea of how my Google Reader screen looked like, here is a snapshot:

My Google reader Screen - see how everything is grouped by the blogs?

My Google reader Screen – see how everything is grouped by the blogs?

So I started to ask around. I heard from my friend Patty of P’s 2013 Photo Project that she started to use Feedly, but has limited success. Then I asked my friend Kfir, who is The Guru of Social Media, and his advice was – well yes, try Feedly. So at last, I also decided to consult another friend who is close with billions of people (yep, Google search engine), and I found a web site called Replace Reader. This is what I saw there:

Replace Reader screen

Replace Reader screen

As you can see, Feedly has #1 spot. But before going to Feedly (I have to make my own mistakes, part of my DNA, I guess), I decided to try Bloglovin – easy installation, quick sync with Google Reader, and voila. But I didn’t like what I saw too much:

Bloglovin reader screen

Bloglovin reader screen

The reason I was not too happy with it? It resembles WordPress Reader, which only presents all the blog posts sequentially, sorted by day and time, and if you didn’t read the blogs for a few days (I know, you don’t believe this can happen to anyone – not to read blogs for a few days – OMG, the world is ending…) – but if you actually didn’t read blogs for a few days, good luck following up on what you read and what you didn’t read… This is my WordPress Reader screen, just to give you an idea:

wordpress reader

So it seemed that trying the Feedly is inevitable. Download, install (it actually installs a browser plug-in, so you have to restart the browser). Sync up with Google Reader. The first view is a mess – it is called “Title only view”, and it is just a collection of blog posts sorted by date – nowhere near to blog-sorted Google Reader:

Feedly Title Only View

Feedly Title Only View


But – Feedly actually offers a number of different views – Magazine view is better, as it allows me to see the blogs I follow in more structured way:

feedly magazine view

feedly magazine view

See that list of the blogs on the top right side? Now I can see with single glance what do I have to read where. But the best view in my opinion is the one which is provided as “Index”

feedly index view

feedly index view

So I think Feedly with the Index view is what I’m looking for – hopefully it will help me to stay on top of my “follow” game.

Now, the big question is – how do you follow? I’m really curious to know what do you do to follow the blogs you want to read?

Also hope you had a good glass of wine before the new week starts. Cheers!




  1. June 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I’m actually a bit of moron with this stuff and never knew what google reader was. I’ve just been rockin WordPress reader and email… And no, I’m not on AOL dialup. So because im so far behind, Feedly could vbe like a miracle to me. Will follow comments to see if there are others to consider.

    • talkavino
      June 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for the comment : ) Let’s see what the people will say

  2. PSsquared
    June 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I did try Feedly, and then gave up on it. It’s mostly fine. It’s definitely similar to Reader, once you get the organization down. But for many of the blogs, it didn’t tell me when there were new posts to read. I had to go into “organize” and then click on the blog and then it would update. It also takes it upon itself to remove the side bar that has my categories, when there are no new posts to read. There were some that I wanted to go back to and I found it took too many steps to get back to them once I’d read them. And as you know, I just did a social media purge, so I moved all the blogs I follow over to my WordPress reader and will just try to keep up with everyone. WP doesn’t update very well either, so I may miss some blogs, but for me, I need the simplicity right now. Feedly might have stood a chance, if I didn’t start using it about the time I needed to simplify. Good luck, my friend! 🙂

    • talkavino
      June 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Patty, so I thought that Index view on Feedly is giving you the ability to easily see all the unread posts? When you look at the index, it is showing all blogs you are following with the number of unread posts in each one of those. Or do you want to see the blogs with the new posts since the last visit to be highlighted?

  3. June 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I haven’t used anything but the WP Reader, which is irritating for all the reasons you describe. Perhaps if I sign up for Feedly, I won’t know there was ever anything better, and will like it just fine…

    • talkavino
      June 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      It is never too late to sign up for Feedly, is this is something you want to do 🙂

  4. June 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I’m with FWH . . . I’ve been using WP reader and email to read blogs. But after reading your post, I’m feeling a little Amish. You mean there’s another way? I’ve never even heard of Feedly before. I’m a techno-dolt. Feedly makes me think “Feed Me” and Little Shop of Horrors. But that’s what I get for 0700 on a Monday morning . . . Salud!

    • talkavino
      June 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      I’m glad I made your morning : ) Cheers!

  5. June 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I just use the wordpress reader for wordpress blogs and the subscribe via e-mail function for blogspot blogs.. Maybe I should try something else. Never thought about it.

    • talkavino
      June 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Following over e-mail quickly get overwhelming for me. I think I’m following 7-8 blogs over emails – even that can be too much. This is why I think good reader makes sense…

  6. June 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I always used WP Reader as well, but I tried to follow your lead. Filled out the form, entered password. Everything came up in a foreign language (one that I don’t speak). Then I realized, I went to “Feedy” instead of “FeedLy”. Big mistake….

    • talkavino
      June 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      yeah, one letter means a lot in the internet times… Let me know how will you like Feedly.

  7. June 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I am ashamed to say I follow using… the email notification system! I know, not very efficient. I should probably look into this Feedly thing sooner or later… Thanks for a very interesting post, Anatoli.

    • talkavino
      June 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      There is nothing to be ashamed of – essentially, e-mail with the filters for automatic sorting is probably quite efficient too… This is why I asked the question – just to understand how other bloggers follow

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