Even though I wrote about the demise of Google Reader back in March, I was in denial about it until this last month or so. I’ve used a feed reader since I fell in love with blogs over a decade ago; it’s always been the easiest way to keep track of my favorite blogs, and currently my subscription list numbers over 500 (I KNOW).
Back in March when I wrote about alternatives to Google Reader, I recommended using Feedly. After trying it out for the last month, I have to say I’m not that happy with it. While I love the pretty layout and the magazine-style format, I find it difficult to skim through titles (which I do for social media industry stuff – not your blogs, promise!) and I haven’t found an easy way to mark articles and posts as “read” so they don’t appear again. Unlike Google Reader, which automatically dropped a post off the list once you read it, with Feedly you have to mark a post as read manually. PIA, frankly.
So this week I went back to the original feed reader – Bloglines (yes, they are back, believe it or not!) – and imported my feeds in there. It’s kind of a pain, but this website gives great step-by-step instructions. Sadly, it only imported the feeds and automatically marked the last 20 posts or so for each site as new (even though I’d already read most of them), so it’s taking some time to go in and get it set up.
I’ll admit that I’m also holding out for the new Digg Reader that was just announced. Digg claims it will be ready by June 26th, giving you time to import your feeds right from Google Reader before the big shut down.
One thing it’s important to remember is that you need to prepare your blog readers for the change. There’s no doubt that this change will have an impact on pageviews, so make sure you remind your readers to move their subscriptions to another service or subscribe by email. Good luck!