Google reader is shutting down July 1, now what?

As I’m sure everyone has heard, Google Reader is closing July 1 and if you’re like me, a huge Google Reader fanatic, you’re probably panicking.  (ok maybe just me but we all knew I was a wicked geek right?)

Any-who, that sent me on a rampage to find a new reader – one that I love as much (more?) than Google Reader – not an easy task since I have been using Google Reader for years now.

I set up a handful of accounts and wanted to share with you the one I chose to go with, in case you can’t figure out what you want to do either.

Meet Bloglovin’

I love its simplicity, usability (while still having all the features I wanted), and just how quickly and easily i was able to move from Google Reader.

After setting up an account and exporting Google Reader feed (there are directions to export your Google Reader feed here or here), I was but a couple of clicks away from living in my new reader.

Account > Settings

Import blogs (navigate to the Reader > Subscriptions file)

 

Some of my favorite features:

  • Lets you open the blogs in a browser but keeps the Bloglovin tool bar that allows you to go to Next or Previous post, choose one from a drop down, or just jump around.  This is probably my favorite feature since I prefer to read blogs in their own window rather than in a reader

  • That same toolbar has Facebook, Tweet, or Pin it capabilities which let you easily (no need to find the blog’s navigation) message/tweet or pin the post.
  • You can browse other blogs.  There are some evenings when I’ve read all the blogs I read regularly and I’m curious to discover some new ones.  I love the Bloglovin’ lets you look at top/random/whatever blogs by category.


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