Google Reader’s Demise

by Gray Cargill on June 30, 2013

And now for a bit of non-travel news, but relevant to all regular readers of this and other blogs: On July 1, Google is shutting down Google Reader. Many of you may already know this. Some of you may not care. Some of you might be wondering “Why are you telling us this?”

I’m telling you this because I know many of you subscribe to this website’s RSS feed. Some of you are probably reading it through Google Reader. I’d hate to lose any of you when Google shuts down its service, so I wanted to let you know what your options are to keep getting my blog posts pushed to you without you having to come look for them.

The first, and easiest, solution is to subscribe to receive my posts by email. You can do so by clicking here or if you’re at my website, click on the envelope icon in the sidebar. It will prompt you for your email address. (Don’t worry, I won’t spam you.)

If you’re on Facebook, you can also “like” my SoloFriendly page there. Make sure you select the “Show in News Feed” option, or else Facebook won’t show you all my posts. In fact, they still might not show you all my posts unless you make a habit of interacting with them in some way (clicking like, commenting). Facebook’s not very blog-friendly that way. Even if you don’t rely on Facebook to see all my blog posts, it’s worth liking it anyway, because in addition to linking to all of my SoloFriendly and VegasSolo blog posts there, I also post extra content that never makes it into my blogs (travel photos, questions, etc.). We’ve had some very good discussions over there.

The third solution is to find another reader to replace Google. Let me save you the trouble of investigating all the options out there: I recommend Feedly. I tested four or five different readers as replacements for Google. By far the easiest transition came with Feedly. I’ve been using it now for a couple of months, and I actually like it better than Google Reader.

Feedly offers a number of different ways to view content–you get to choose which one works best for you. (The magazine layout is very attractive.) The transition from Google Reader to Feedly is quick and easy, as Feedly will import all of your blog subscriptions from Google Reader in one fell swoop during the setup process. If you decide to use Feedly, they’ve provided some step-by-step instructions onĀ how to make the transition from Google Reader.

Whatever you decide to do, I just hope you stick around. I’d miss you if you went away. ‘Til next time. . . .

Chris July 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

It’s a shame when so many people are still using it. Readers are great for getting updates on blogs I read just now and again.

Gray Cargill July 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

Yeah. Unfortunately, Google no longer seems to make decisions based on its users, but based on whether or not it’s making money with a product.

ebynum July 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I’m really bummed about all the things Google is getting rid of like Reader and eventually my homepage (igoogle?) not sure what they call it with all my links to email, calendar, etc..
I’ve started using The Old Reader instead of Google Reader and its easy to move all of the feeds over. So that is another option for anyone out there.

Gray Cargill July 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Good tip, ebynum! Thanks for sharing! (And yeah, I’m bummed too about all the good things Google is getting rid of.)

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