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April 4, 2013

How Do You Read Blogs?

Have you read the news that Google Reader is going away?

Which leads me to my next question…

How do you read blogs these days?

Via a reader? Via email? Via bookmarks?

I’ve been using Feedly for a bit now and love the clean streamlined design plus it looks great on my ipad which is where I tend to read blogs the most (thanks to Peppermint for the tip on that one a few months back). I also just have a set of bookmarks in Firefox toolbar that includes blogs I like to visit from time to time. I do have a couple blogs I subscribe to via email that I really don’t want to miss.

Thoughts?

Comments

  • 1.
    KarynS said…

    I’m so “old fashioned” when it comes to this), all my blogs are bookmarked. Mostly because I just haven’t known any other way. I cant wait to read what others are doing as I’ve been thinking there was a better way. Funnily enough I was just thinking about looking into Google Reader…I guess not now! Am going to head over & check out Feedly as a starting point.

  • 2.
    Ilona said…

    I have A LOT of bookmarks, did not use any other tool up to now. Maybe it’s time to give Feedly a try :-)

  • 3.
    Hope Wallace said…

    Take a peek at Reeder – it is free for the iPad right now (usually $5) and the developers are working on several options/services to replace google reader on the back end.

    The thing I don’t like about feedly is if I have a lot of feeds I want to jut look at the titles (if I searching for something or jut want to look at what grabs my eye at any given moment). Reeder is great for that, and for organizing your feeds.

    • ….
      Keine said…

      Well, but feedly does have the “titles” view. Look for a gear icon at the top right corner when you browse a folder.

    • ….
      hope wallace said…

      good to know! thanks!

  • 4.
    Sally said…

    I’m so pleased to see that you’ve been using Feedly! I’ve just started and I absolutely love it. I’ve been working on moving all of the blogs that I currently get via BlogLovin’ and through email updates over to Feedly to help free up my inbox. The clean, well organised look is just fantastic. You can read more about my love affair with Feedly at http://frankly-books.com/goodbye-google-reader-hello-feedly/ Thanks for sharing, Ali! :) S

  • 5.
    Brooke said…

    I’ll be switching to Feedly. Soon because Google keep taking Reader out of the drop down menu in my email. Grrrr.

    FYI Even though I use Reader I click on your site several times a day if I’m online. Your are my 3rd most clicked page (above my hotmail account and my own blog!!). Ha.

  • 6.
    Lindsey said…

    I transferred from Reader to NewsBlur which I like – it feels a lot like Reader!

  • 7.
    Diane said…

    When I was just on my pc, I read my blogs through the feeder in outlook. Now that I have an iPad and iPhone, I use FeeddlerRSS. It’s quick and easy and I don’t spend eons clicking from site to site. If I miss days, they are all in there, bolded as unread. Super simple

  • 8.
    Jenny said…

    I use Blogger, and have a long list of blogs to which I’ve subscribed. I pull up Blogger, and click through the link to the blog post. It pops up a new tab in my browser takes me to the blog site itself, where I read it in its original format and presentation. Then I close that tab, and click another link in Blogger to go to the next one. Etc.

    • ….
      jen said…

      is the blogger dashboard reading/blog list google reader? thanks!

  • 9.
    Linda Langes said…

    I use Feed Demon and love going to look at my blog list when I want to – not when I’m checking emails which is why I prefer not to sub via email cause it clutters up my inbox. I prefer to keep the two separate.

    • ….
      Gill said…

      I use Feed Demon too, Linda, but sadly, it’s going to disappear with Google reader too…

      http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/the-end-of-feeddemon.html

      So, I’ve just switched to Feedly. It imported all my blog feeds like magic and once I’ve got used to a new interface, I’m sure we’ll get along fine.

  • 10.
    Jan K said…

    I have been using Google Reader, but I use Feedly on my iPhone, so I have now put Feedly on my computers and am using it. I read blogs at throughout the day on different platforms, so it is nice to have them all synced.

  • 11.
    Jen Wright said…

    I use “Pulse” app. I couldn’t live without it. It’s amazing. I can group my blogs, and scroll through them. I use it every night to read all the blogs I follow, including yours. You should check it out and I’ll definitely check out feedly. I love learning about new apps! Thanks. Hugs!

  • 12.
    Lisa said…

    I’m trying Bloglovin and so far I like it!

  • 13.
    Tanya said…

    The only feed I have ever used is http://www.bloglovin.com – it’s an *ok* reader – I’d like to find something a little more organized and has more features to filter with. Mine is sorted by date and that’s it. It’s plain and user friendly.

  • 14.
    Susan said…

    Bookmarks.

  • 15.
    Harriett said…

    I had been using Google Reader exclusively. Just this week I was looking into other options and found Freely. I have only been using it a couple of days but it seems to work well for me.

  • 16.
    Tara said…

    I’ve used byline for a long time. What I’ve enjoyed is I can open the app with wi-fi connection and everything is uploaded and ready for me to read on my devices so when I’m not able to connect to wi-fi I can still read and catch up on my blogs. This is great when running my kiddos to activities or traveling. Hope that it survives and if not I will be searching for a new option as well.

  • 17.
    Anne Marie said…

    I find Bloglovin’ user friendly and I love the fact that I can see how the blog is/the look. I follow you there…

    Some are put off by the name, but that doesn’t bother me :-)

  • 18.
    Anne Marie said…

    I just took a look at Feedly. I do like the clean and simple look it has.

    but, what a definately love about Bloglovin’ is that I can see the design of the blog. Each bloggers blog design is for me part of te experience… the colours and the layout is part of the connection…

  • 19.
    Lisa W. said…

    Most of mine are simply saved into my fave’s. And the one’s I read EVERY day come into my inbox. Never heard of feedly:) When you open the window and bring us all these awesome new blogs I just click into them and save then in favorites!

  • 20.
    Yolanda D said…

    I prefer email. I also follow within WordPress if email is not available, but confess I rarely check there to read.

  • 21.
    AngieK said…

    I just switched from Google Reader to Bloglovin’ and love it!

  • 22.
    Erica Thomas said…

    I was using Google Reader (I’m guessing it’s the same as iGoogle?) and was really disappointed to hear they were discontinuing it. I subscribe to a lot of blogs so having them in one spot is nice. I tried Bloglovin but didn’t like the list format. I also follow a lot of blogs by email, some I have in iGoogle, some I don’t mainly because I don’t want to miss content.

  • 23.
    Joanna said…

    I’ve used bloglovin’ for a couple of years and it works ok. But I also have blog list on my own blog that I use daily for my favorites. Will most definitely check out Reader/Reeder,Byline and Feedly. Bloglovin on the Ipad isn’t great…

  • 24.
    Sherry Eckblad said…

    I am trying Feedly and not sure that I love it enough to say that is the one I will be using. I plan on trying out a couple more and then deciding as we still have a few months before our beloved “google reader” goes away.

  • 25.
    Kristina said…

    I have been using bloglovin’ for a while and it is super easy and functional – I recommend it. It has an option to divide blogs into categories so you can read what you want when you want. I used bookmarks but then I would get sad when I opened a page and there were no new posts.

  • 26.
    Dellie said…

    Ive been using google reader – thank you so much for sharing feedly my godly goodness that was so easy to set up and i love the look and layout. yay Im swapping over….this will be around after google reader disappears wont it?

  • 27.
    Megan Anderson said…

    I love Bloglovin’ because, unlike a lot of other readers, I can visit the actual sites rather than just see the content of posts. You can miss a lot if you’re not viewing the site as a whole!

  • 28.
    Theresa G. said…

    I have been using google reader and I have been in a panic as to what I was going to use!! Glad you posted this. Off to try out some of the readers listed!!

  • 29.
    Becky G said…

    I was a Google Reader addict. I got alllll of my blog reading done through there. It’s so nice to just go to one place, so I was devastated when we got the news it was closing. I too have switched to Feedly and I like it a lot. I feel like I am able to get through my reading in less time. A tip on how to subscribe to new blogs on there once reader shuts down can be found on this teacher tech blog I read: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/04/how-to-subscribe-to-new-blogs-in-feedly.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29#.UV13lRml2Uc

    Enjoy!

  • 30.
    doris said…

    I’ve set up a separate blog on blogger that has no content, just several blog lists on the sidebars. That way I have the various blogs categorized and blogger bumps them to the top of the lists when there are new posts.

  • 31.
    Susan S. said…

    I’ve been using Bloglovin for some time now. I generally view bogs on my phone or on my desktop. It works fine for me, though sometimes it takes a while for new posts to show up in the queue… Bloglovin is how I know when you have new posts!

  • 32.
    Julia Molewyk said…

    Mine are mostly bookmarked. There are a few I get via email.

  • 33.
    Jeri said…

    Old fashioned here too…I just bookmark them. But now that everyone is talking about Feedly I will check it out.

  • 34.
    Crystal said…

    Yes, I am old school as well. Bookmarks on all devices.

  • 35.
    Nicky H said…

    I have a LOT of blogs saved in Reader. Some I look at every day and many that I don’t, but I have them when I’m in the mood. I just downloaded Feedly yesterday. It’s working so far. I hope it works on it’s own when Google Reader goes away, because right now it seems like it’s just feeding through Google.

  • 36.
    Cheryl Cope said…

    I used to use google reader but they are discontinuing it. Feedly is set up to make a smooth transition and I am loving it so far. I also put some blog feeds on my home page which is ighome.com which is also a substitute for a discontinued google product igoogle.com. With feedly I get a blog post title, with ighome I also get a pic and I have a separate “page” for art stuff so it can be organized.

  • 37.

    i just add favorite blogs to my reader on my own blog (using blogger.ca)

    i get updates when i feel like checking them out, and not get my inbox inundated with email updates.

    love it.

  • 38.
    Melissa said…

    I’ve always been the one who actually logs onto a blog to read it. Even if I email subscribe, when I see a new post I click to the blog to read. Feedly looks kind of neat though, I might have to check it out. Do you know if it reduces the page count on those blogs though?

  • 39.
    Love, Carrie said…

    Bloglovin and posts on Twitter are my favorite way to keep up to date with my favorite blogs.

  • 40.
    Lucrecia said…

    I’m using Feedly now as well. Love it! I would love to read on my ipad, but I so often want to pin things and haven’t figured out how to do that on the ipad. Does anyone have any tricks for that?

  • 41.
    Nicole said…

    I have always bookmarked them. I never knew google reader existed until I entered a contest on a page and I had more chances to win if I used it. But after I signed up for it, it sent me a notice that it was going away. Good thing I didn’t become to attached..:) lol

  • 42.
    Andi R said…

    I have a blog roll on my blog and go to my fave blogs via those links.

  • 43.
    Peggy said…

    Still on Google Reader and procrastinating the change. Will likely go to Feedly but, as usual, letting things settle a bit before making a decision. Pretty peeved with Google right now for running Bloglines (my old reader) outta town and then just walking. Your blog….very first one in my list of favorites and always the first one I read if you have a new post. :) You rock!

  • 44.
    Anna said…

    Bookmark gal:)
    A

  • 45.
    Kathy L said…

    Wow I didn’t know there was any other way other than bookmarks. Can’t wait to try out some of thesse other suggestions.

  • 46.
    bibliotecaria said…

    Initially it was Bloglines, then Google Reader, but I never was delighted with Reader, it was just the most convenient. I like Feedly, but am having problems, partly because they are overwhelmed, partly because I can’t control the version of Firefox, etc., that I can use on my work pc. Am still checking into things like Blogloving, theOldReader, etc. Haven’t yet settled onto one. I only use bookmarks as a backup, and would hate to clutter up my email that way. I follow too many blogs for that to be remotely feasible.

  • 47.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    I read blogs via email. I personally to not care for feeds – it’s just one more place to have to go.

    Ali, the new class at BPC – this sounds like you’ll be creating “paper” layouts vs. digital layouts – is that correct?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lynn – they will likely be paper based that include hybrid elements (digital pieces I print out, etc) which is the main way I usually create layouts. For the last 12-week class I did (Yesterday & Today) I included digital layered templates each week but I’m not sure I will do that for this class because I’m doing three layouts per week vs. one. Most likely the class will include digital downloads/printables, just not sure on actual digital templates just yet.

  • 48.
    Linda said…

    I’ve been using Feedly for a couple years now and have loved it! Like you, I like the clean look. I like how easy it is to organize and stay connected with the blogs I follow.

  • 49.
    Deirdre said…

    I love Feedly; tried bloglovin and perhaps I hadn’t figured out the best way to set it up but didn’t like it.

    I have a favorites folder in feedly that I try to limit to 10. Then I have specific folders like foodie blogs, linky blogs, design blogs, photography blogs, and only go peeking in those occasionally.

    I’m curious to hear which blogs are your “don’t want to miss” email subscriptions! I have only 2 or 3—one is Seth Godin, which cracks me up because I don’t normally subscribe to blogs in his field but I love his posts and they are short enough (and not visual) that they’re perfect for email.

  • 50.
    Leilani said…

    I use the Pulse to read all of my blogs. I love the visual interface so I can see what I’ve read and what might be interesting to me. I’ll have to look into Feedly. I love getting the teaser to some of your blog entries through FB, too!

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