Who's overwhelmed and freaking out about Google Reader shutting down?
I wasn't. Not really, cos I never used Google Reader before!
I "follow" blogs on Google or Blogger (wevs it's called) so I can be Google friends with my fellow bloggers but I stream all my blogs into Bloglovin' and read them there.
I admit I got a little concerned because I've recently started
Every day I have to catch up on tweets from two profiles, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare, Kik, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Bloglovin'... my goodness.
Figured it would be easy to have at least one Twitter account, Facebook, Instagram, news and blogs feed into one app so I don't develop severe RSI on my thumb. This is how I discovered how important "Google Reader" was to me. I found that I couldn't add single blogs/URLs but had to use my Google Reader.
What a headache. I have so many blogs on my Google Reader that I don't actually read anymore and I certainly didn't want that clogging up my feed, getting in the way of finished projects and pattern reviews and MMMay!
Up until today, I didn't even know what RSS is... still don't actually.
Uses Google Reader to feed in content, can use on desktop, yay can read blogs at work.
Not sure what is going to happen when Google Reader is phased out...
I'm re-adding all my blogs by going to each one and clicking on RSS option.
I've installed Feedly for Google Chrome which has been working well at home and work, syncs with the iPhone app. Finding that it's feeding same content into Newsify.
This is my pick at the moment simply because I can easily use it on the desktop, same way I use Bloglovin' and the iPhone app is not too bad.
Feeds Google Reader content and every other social media site you can think of!
Again, not sure what happens when Google Reader is gone... not actively using Flipboard for blogs right now, just for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Would be great if it could feed multiple Twitter accounts into it.
Syncs your Google Reader (Google Reader transition info), RSS feeds from news sites and blogs with RSS option...
Finding that it's feeding same content from Feedly. Not sure how they are linked. Prob through Google. So confused.
POCKET formerly Read It Later:
This is the only app I am 100% confident about.
You link it with your Twitter and RSS/Feeder apps and articles/posts/links that you want to "read later" you save into this app. Genius. Why did I never use this before?!
I think my RSS thing has been broken for the last two years?
Not sure if anyone has been able to subscribe to my RSS feed for posts and comments or able to "+" my blog to the apps above, but it's now fixed.
To fix this, I had to go into my blogger -> settings -> other -> add my "Post Feed Redirect URL" which I got from Feedburner.
Subscribe by email was working fine though.
Found out my RSS thingo was broken when I was trying to "+" my own blog to Feedly, and it kept saying my URL didn't exist. Fixed now, go on, click on "RSS Feed" on the side and let me know if it works, LOL.
I'm testing out all 3 of those apps, logging into them using a different Google account, and refollowing all my blogs.
Mammoth task... so far I've only added about 10 blogs that I read frequently and know URLs off the top of my head. Basically I'm going to manually sort through my Google Reader and Bloglovin' account to find the blogs I want (still read) and build from the ground up again, what a ball breaker!
And if all I'm doing when I "+" these URLs to Feedly and Newsify is adding them to my Google Reader (which is getting phased out) I AM GOING TO CRY.
This post was not intended to be useful... more of a cry for help I think. I don't even know if I have made sense :/
What do I do? What are you guys doing?