July 1st marks the end of Google Reader. To me it’s the end of an era, in fact. I’m not happy about it. For one, it was an easy way to follow blogs both for myself and for my followers, so I’m sort of 2 x unhappy I guess. It was also easy and it worked. I like that, and I’m betting you like it too.
Since Google Reader is going R.I.P. , I’ve read blogger opinions that Google Friend Connect might go down with it. I personally hope it won’t, but signs haven’t been entirely positive on that front. For one thing, Google is really pushing for Google+ that I don’t like. It’s not being reticent to change or anything, but Google+ following fails exactly where Google Reader/Google Friend Connect excelled – easy way to do something with one click. Google+ doesn’t automatically post your RSS to your profile, for instance. Ask me if I’ll take the time every day to put my posts up there. You guessed it right, I won’t. Facebook does it automatically after you set that up, Twitter will do the same through Facebook for instance and/or the RSS via Feedburner. This is why I like them. They help me spread the news about new posts as well as give me the chance to socialize in real time. They do it all with a setting, not daily posting and fiddling. That makes sense to me. Google+ simply doesn’t. I’ll give up on it right now.
So while I tried the Google+ page thing, I really don’t see any use to it except to collect some numbers to show. You know what? While it’s cool to have numbers to show, I’ve been blogging for 2 years now. I reached my 1000 milestone via GFC and if it goes down, then so be it. I won’t start over with yet another Google tool that will be again killed who knows when. The sad thing is while I love the functionality of many surviving Google tools, and of course I highly appreciate and understand the fact they’re a gift, the fact the useful ones seem to slowly die doesn’t exactly inspire much faith in me to start using new ones. Maybe I’m paranoid or whatever to think that way, but it’s part of my personal charm. 😀
So, while we have the Linky Followers tool to show some numbers, I really wanna point out my current favorite: Bloglovin’. It’s easy to set up an account if you don’t have one yet, it’s also free, and if you’re a blogger you can easily claim your blog and help me follow you easily, or follow me easily with the Import Blogs from Google Reader awesomesauce option.
I began using it a while ago, and it does its job very well. Yesterday while cruising through the #FF I somehow got to this post by Maria at MISS drifted SNOWWHITE that tells you how to import ALL of your Google Reader follows = blogs you are following into Bloglovin’. It takes a couple of minutes maybe if you have a huge list of blogs you follow *cough* like me *cough-cough* but it’s a fabulous thing. I did it, I love it. Bloglovin’ is also good for the follow&tell game of numbers since you can show off your following. It doesn’t deliver new posts into your inbox, but acts pretty much like Google Reader did and shows the follow count in simpler but still efficient way compared to Google Friend Connect.
So if you’re following my blog through the Google Reader or are on my Google Friend Connect list, I’m asking you pretty please to consider using Bloglovin’ as an alternative.
Of course, there are also the Networked Blogs and Linky Followers options, that I both have up and running, or the Facebook page of the blog or the Twitter, they’ll all keep you up to date, but Bloglovin’ seems a bit easier to me for some reason. Plus it imports all those blogs you’re following with one click. We love one lick, right?
I’m still hoping Google Friend Connect won’t go down, to be honest. I’m hoping, but I don’t have much faith that it will survive. *sigh*
Thank you for being with me in this era, lol, and I hope you’ll remain by my side in the Post-Google-Reader/Google-Friend-Connect one as well.