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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.



  • 51.
    StacyK said…

    I’ve used Reader for a while now and sad it is going away. I love it because it was connected to my Gmail account allowing for easy access anywhere without having to download software on my computers. Also, it allowed me to read blog updates directly in the Reader w/o having to load the blog on my computer. I usually only go over to the actual blog only when I want to leave a comment. This is useful especially when I’m at work, and don’t want to click on too many websites. Does anyone know of a similar set up? Thank you.

  • 52.
    Ruth G said…

    I’ve been all over the place and am still trying to figure out the best way to follow blogs. Previously, I used Google Reader, then I figured out how to get e-mail updates (from some blogs), then iGoogle came along (but that’ll be ending in November) and lots of bloggers have suggested Bloglovin’ which I’m trying and is pretty good, but I’m still not crazy about it…After what you had to say and other’s comments, I’m thinking about trying Feedly – my biggest desire is that it show an image (since I’m so visual) and it looks like it does that. If I could get all the blogs that I follow in one place that would be awesome!

  • 53.
    Suelynn said…

    I’ve used Google Reader for years. I loved to cruise through the titles of the blogs that were in there while standing in some line or waiting at a kids sports practice. I would bookmark anything I thought I wanted to read more in depth and then “mark all as read” keeping it cleaned out. I had a small panic panick moment ofterafter Googles announcement until I did some research and found Feedly. Its been a little rocky switching over over, mostly trying to figure out their format so I could continue to be a creature of habit, but I think I’m finally getting it and will like Feedly better then Google in the long run.

  • 54.
    Aniko Brewer said…

    I use Outlook – when I click on Bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox, it has an option “Subscribe to this page”. When that comes up, Outlook is an option. So it downloads it right into Outlook. It’s been the easiest way for me so far. It’s not really Email, it’s under “RSS Feeds” in Outlook.

  • 55.
    Karin Podolski said…

    I love to get blog updates sent to my email, basically because I just don’t have the time to blog-hop. Please don’t stop sending them!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I won’t!

  • 56.
    karin said…

    Thank you for this post and thank you all for the options — I use Google Reader so have to find something else. We wouldn’t want to miss Tech/Guitar Guy! oh wait – theres instagram!

    Congrats Ali — looks like your spring is blooming in lots of ways! You deserve it!

  • 57.
    Lynn said…

    I use bloglovin – its free = sucks in all the blogs you’re following from ireader/igoogle. And like ireader – shows up when an update is made. I miss the other stuff from igoogle, but this is convenient and so far so good.

  • 58.
    Elizabeth said…

    I was a longtime Bloglines user until they tricked us into thinking it was going away (but then it didn’t) and I had already jumped ship to what I felt like was the inferior Google Reader… but now I really depend on Reader, so, ugh. I have been playing with Feedly too–and read through Flipboard on my iPad. Apparently Flipboard has the demise of Google Reader handled (right now they work together) so I’ve not been worrying about it too much.

  • 59.
    Liz Sawyer said…

    feel silly asking this but is google reader the same as the blogger dashboard?? I have a reading list at the home page to blogger (google product) and I go there for seeing snippets of the blogs I follow… I have seen several bloggers I follow comment about this change but never got a notification from google about it.

    Or, I add blogs to FlipBoard – an app I love on my iPad that I use for reading articles/news.

    no worries… we’ll still find/follow you Ali!

  • 60.
    JC said…

    I use FeedDemon, though finding that it crashes a lot lately…Drives me batty. Might look into Feedly.

  • 61.
    JillT said…

    Put me in the category of “how do readers save time?” Don’t have any tech that starts w/ “I” and I prefer reading on a bigger monitor, so bookmarks work just fine for me. (Also I use firefox and open in tabs so if a blog is old news, I quickly close that one.)

  • 62.
    Nina Chow said…

    I use bookmarks. just like knowing which ones I want to go to. I have subscribed to emails too recently, but tend to forget to go and check.

  • 63.
    Elle A. said…

    I too use Google Reader. had a post in March in which they listed their top 5 favorite alternatives to Reader: I’ve tried BlogLovin and don’t like it that much but that’s my personal opinion. I know several people that really like it. I’ve been meaning to check out the suggestions from LifeHacker but I have yet to do so. I have some blogs bookmarked – they’re ones I like to check on now & then but not daily. I also follow some blogs, like yours, on Twitter, and know when a new post is up.

  • 64.
    Cathy L. said…

    I haven’t found a good way to read my faves other than typing in the address (usually after typing in a few letters the entire thing fills in). I’ve tried bookmarks with my iPad but that doesn’t work well for me. I’m going to give feedly a try!

  • 65.
    Sarah Jane said…

    I have LOTS off bookmarks in the toolbar on my mac. However, I am intrigued by this Feedly that you speak of. Interesting….

  • 66.
    Viv Halliwell said…

    At the moment I am testing Feedly and as Ali says it’s great on the iPad I also have Flipboard which I real recommend ….

  • 67.
    Kim N said…

    I don’t think I know exactly what Google Reader does or if I use it! All of mine are set up as RSS feeds that are linked into my inbox on my Mac under RSS and I can see when any of the blogs are updated. I can then click over to that blog and read whenever I like. Are RSS feeds part of Google Reader?

  • 68.
    Kristi said…

    You use a Mac I believe. You can add RSS Feeds under the Mail tab. It is the last thing before Print in the drop down menu. They are organized by blog and waiting for you to read them. No worries about it or other blog readers going away. It is part of your Mac mail system. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • 69.
    Wendy said…

    I use Pulse! Love it!

  • 70.
    Jennifer said…

    I just follow a few blogs and have them bookmarked reading them on my computer. I guess that is the old way. :)

  • 71.

    I use the RSS feed feature in my Mail program on my MacBookPro (no iPad yet, but my laptop is surgically attached to me anyway!). I also have some bookmarked in Safari for occasional reads.

  • 72.
    Heather said…

    I tried to use a RSS reader at one point but didn’t hang with it. I use Flipboard on my iPad as I can see blog posts, instagrams, & twitter posts on it from each blogger or website I follow. It may not be the best bet but it works for me.

  • 73.
    Izzie said…

    I’m using Bloglovin and I am pretty happy with that. I also tried Feedly but I didn’t like the iPhone app. But since I am reading blogs mostly on my iPhone the mobile app is very important to me. So I tried Bloglovin, which has a very nice app.
    I also subscribed to a few blogs via e-mail but I will change those to bloglovin too.

  • 74.
    linda said…

    I’ve switched to feedly and loving it!

  • 75.
    Dina said…

    I use Bloglovin and I love it!!

  • 76.

    I Bookmark some blogs and I use Bloglovin.

  • 77.
    Theresa W said…

    I subscribe via email so that I don’t miss anything, but I love to read blogs on the actual website. I use my lunch break for this guilty pleasure full of inspiration! :)

  • 78.
    abbeyviolet said…

    I have been using google reader forever. I am just switching to feedly as well and do like the “look” so far. I admit thought that I often click over via twitter links too.

  • 79.

    I have mostly been using google reader but now am bookmarking my faves until I find another reader I really like.

  • 80.
    Shannon R. said…

    Thank you very much for posting this. Since I heard that Google Reader was going away, I have been avoiding searching for a new app. This has pushed me to research new options and figure out what I’m going to do. I love Byline but it depends on Google Reader. I’m going to try some of these suggestions and find my new solution. Thanks again!

  • 81.
    Vickie said…

    What I love about Google Reader is the Next button. Anything like that out there?

  • 82.
    jennifer said…

    I’m old school – i type in the name of the blogs that i read frequently and let internet explorer pull them up for me. From there, I usually find/visit blogs from links – like BH’s Creative Team page. I subscribe to a few blogs too – stuff that I like, but doesn’t publish everyday like you do. :)

  • 83.
    Elaine Allen said…

    Hi Ali -

    When I started reading blogs a few years ago, I just put the blogs I followed (now over 200) in Blogger. I’m not that “Blogging savy”, so not sure if that will go away since it is supported by Google and when you enter a blog to follow in Blogger, it supposedly puts a subscription for it in Google Reader. What I like about Blogger is that it allows me to view my list of subscribed blogs on any PC, on my smart phone and my iPad. All without downloading software. So I’m kind of not sure if I have to worry since I use Blogger. I’m so confused – LOL!

    Elaine Allen

  • 84.
    laura kate said…

    For the past couple years I’ve been a Bloglovin’ girl through and through. I love that it has the ability to “like” a post (for later reference) and the mobile app is easy to use and looks nice, too.

  • 85.
    Jeannie L said…

    Since hearing about Google Reader, I switched to Feedly. Been using it for a month now. I do like the clean look but it requires more steps if I wanna read directly from the blog or leave a comment since it doesn’t show the comments section. I definitely miss the ‘Next’ feature from Google Reader where it’ll just bring me to the next subscribed blog with that click.

    I tried organizing my subscribed blogs in Feedly and it only allows me to selectively organize from my imported list. Still figuring out Feedly on the whole. But I Will also check out other readers.

  • 86.
    Lorell said…

    I’m using both Bloglovin’ and Feedly, because they work with different web browsers I use. Both made it easy to transfer the blogs I follow from Google reader over to their sites — took less than 5 minutes and they did all the work! I also love that both sites allow you to categorize by topic. I have all my scrapbooking blogs in one category, my food blogs in another, and so on. Makes browsing them even more fun!

  • 87.
    Angel said…

    I’ve used Google Reader for years! But I had just discovered Feedly a few weeks before the announcement and love it. I love the photographs and magazine style. I am very visual, so being able to see a photograph to go along with a Title really helps me make a decision about whether I want to read it or not. It really helps me pick and choose which ones I feel like reading that day.

  • 88.
    Marcie L said…

    I only read via bookmarks. I tried subscribing to a couple, but I found that if I got the email when it wasn’t a convenient time for me to read it, I forgot aobut it.
    This way, with bookmarks, when I have my “me” time, I simply sit at the computer and read all of them at once, at my schedule.

  • 89.
    Kelly said…

    I’ve used iGoogle for awhile, which is also going away. More often these days, I find myself visiting posts from Twitter. I hate to complain, but I must say I find it quite frustrating when a tweet sends me to Facebook first, creating an extra step to get to the content. I don’t understand why it would benefit anyone for me to see a second teaser on Facebook, then send me to the blog I wanted to see in the first place. I hope this seems constructive, as that’s the spirit in which I write it! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • 90.
    Angie said…


  • 91.
    Tracey Caudle said…

    I use FeeddlerRSS on my Ipad to catch up on my blog reading. I like it because not only does it list all the blog posts in the main view, but it also has a menu on the side that lists all the blogs I am subscribed to. If I want to read posts from a certain blog, I can click on it and get just those posts. It also integrates nicely with email, facebook, evernote, etc.

  • 92.
    Kari said…

    First it was bloglines, then Pulse, but now I also bookmark my favorites. I do subscribe via email to a few, but end up not liking the clutter in my inbox. I feel a little overwhlmed with so many blog readers and blogs, etc., that I have really pared it down to my top 2-3 for my daily blog fix. (Yours included, of course!) And I use Twitter for the other blogs that I like to look at only now and then.

  • 93.
    Deb J said…

    I use blogs via email. I don’t keep up with very many blogs any more. I just don’t seem to have the time. I only have two scrapbook type (yours and Debby Schuh) plus one called 365lessthings and Friedokra.

  • 94.
    Leap Year Baby said…

    I follow most of the blogs through email or I bookmark the ones I only see periodically.

  • 95.
    Nicole said…

    When Feedly said they would bring over my blog list with an easy import I jumped on it and I haven’t looked back. It works great but I find myself still going to I’m going to be sad when it’s not there anymore!

  • 96.
    Tona said…

    All of my blogs are bookmarked so I just stop by & visit them each day.

  • 97.
    iHanna said…

    Like you I’m converting from google reader to Feedly and I’m really really enjoying the design, all the bookmark tools and even a sidebar for a twitter feed! I’ve got it as an app on my android and as a plugin in Firefox on the computer. Both work great and now I’m just glad to be rid of old boring google reader! :-)

  • 98.
    Rachel K said…

    I’ve been using Feedly and love it!

  • 99.
    Amy Jenkins said…

    I’m signed up for your new class (through the bundle that was offered) and am Digi- I always figure anything anyone can do in paper, I can do on the computer. And of course concepts always translate. I’ve always loved your classes and your approach to story telling.

    I’m using feedly- started just after they announced google reader was going away. I used a different RSS Reader that synced with Google Reader prior to that on my my ipad and my iphone. I tend to read on either. I have also used Google Reader on the computer at times and am sad to see it go. But, I like feedly so far.

    I love having everything in one spot the way an RSS reader does- and the ability to save something for later.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You will totally be able to translate the layout ideas in the class to digital. Planning to include PNG files that can be used either with paper or digi too.

  • 100.
    JulieP said…

    I outgrew the bookmark method years ago and now rely solely on RSS feeds. I have both GoogleReader and Feedly on my Laptop. I use Reader primarily but obviously will be turning to Feedly as my #1 method very soon. As far as the IPad goes, I would highly recommend that you try Perfect RSS. It’s been my “go to” for two years. Love it.

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