They say that breaking up is hard to do.
So Google Reader is going away on July 1st, and up until recently, I was basically in denial. I've had Bloglovin' for a while, but I just haven't been able to get into it (I like seeing posts in full and not as a preview).
To me, the thought of backing up my beloved list of blogs & moving over to a new reader was as daunting a task as backing up the files on my computer. And I should know better, as I lost a hard drive once and tearfully dragged it's soul-less carcass to a Best Buy only to hear that there was nothing more they could do for it...
As July 1st is, um, Monday, I realized it's time to either embrace Bloglovin' or find another reader. Or lose my list of blogs, but let's take that option off the table right now. Like backing up your files, you should really just get it over with: save your reading list and then not have to think about it ever again.
Let's start here: https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader
Did you do it? YAY! Now you can do whatever you want with your blogs later - you know, in case something new and amazing comes out. You will be ready!
The next step is to find your list of blogs a new home :)
One reader that has been getting a lot of attention lately is Bloglovin', and importing your blogs is crazy easy: http://www.bloglovin.com/import/reader
If Bloglovin' is your thing, read no further and enjoy! But... I found something even better: Feedly. It's a lot like Google Reader but overall runs smoother. There are more options for viewing blogs. And organizing your blogs into folders could not be easier. The Feedly app is also super sleek looking. To get started, you just permit Feedly to see your Reader blogs and Feedly does the rest (no need to involve the 'takeout' file you made - but I'd do it before July 1st, to be safe).
And Feedly is just one option - there are more readers out there that you may like even better.
What's your preferred reader of choice these days?
PS - has anyone figured out