So, I’ve had some time to digest the news that Google Reader is going away, and I’ve had time to think about my blog reading habits. I’m going to be honest with myself: I don’t use it the way that I used to.
For example, right now I have 476 unread posts in my Google Reader. That’s a lot. I’m not reading anywhere near the blogs I used to read. I’ll sometimes let posts from a few blogs stay unread for weeks. Yes, I am busy, but I do use Twitter a lot for reading blogs, to be honest. If I’m looking through my Twitter stream and see a link to an interesting post, I’m going to click on it. I’ve found a lot of new blogs this way, but I haven’t subscribed to any new blogs in GR in a long time.
The question is: do I need a new Feed reader? Or will I just let unread posts accumulate like I did with Google Reader? I do not want to lose touch will the people I’ve come to know over the years and while most of them are on Twitter, some are not. I have lots of time to think about this and come up with a solution. I can wait to see what others will do, but what is going to work best for me and my habits.
|Google Reader Solution||Thoughts|
|*New Feed Reader||*Same old habits|
|*Blog List||*An old solution|
|*Blog Rings||*Are they still available?|
|*Sure to miss a lot|
I’m sure I’ve missed something obvious. Do you have any new ideas?
There were blogs and Feed readers before there was Google Reader, but I think this is going to change things for bloggers. For better or worse. If RSS goes too*, it will really change things. Will small blogs like mine with a single author just fade into oblivion? Without readership numbers, will the review blogs be the hot commodity for publishers that they are now? Will email subscribers become even more important? Goodreads? Amazon?
I also think that perhaps collaborative blogs with several authors with similar tastes and a history together might be a way to go. At least friends are sharing ideas together that way and combining their readership.
Anyway, it’s a lot to think about and so much can happen between then and now. As a blogger or a blog reader, what are your thoughts?
(I’ve heard a lot about Feedly and Bloglovin but has anyone heard of Spundge.)