Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Feeds (A Query)

I just received notice that Google will soon be retiring the Google Reader, which I use as my portal to the blogs I like to read. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I might migrate all of my blog subscriptions? Thanks.


  1. things don't look promising at the moment. you'll have to either use another online service, or an application that runs separately from your web browser.

    i haven't really used it, but newblur doesn't look extremely different from reader. downside, there's a charge unless you can get by with the free one. and the creator's been swamped with reader migrations. feedly is also promising to transition reader users (they'll even pick up all your feed subscriptions automatically), but the interface is a big annoyance for me (unless you like pretending you're reading a magazine).

    for apps, it will depend. on a mac, could use the old standard netnewswire. there's something called reeder which some people like. with apps it will depend on how they access the feeds. netnewswire just polls all your subscriptions, downloads everything itself, if i recall. i'm told reeder used to use the google server-side back end for reader; they're going to switch to some other means of feed-gathering on the server side.

    you could just go back to keeping them all in your web browser, in bookmark folders, too.

  2. My Blog List sort of does this, doesn't it? Or is that feature of blogger going away too?

    Of course there might be blogs you want to read but not include in that list, but it's better than nothing. (Now I just need to figure out how to get josh blog to work in my list.)

  3. i think it will work if you delete it and re-add it. something used to be broken with the rss item dating.

    i don't believe sidebar lists will be affected even though they depend on the same technology (and google owns it, at least on blogspot). i suppose it's the fetching and storage of stories and the overhead of keeping track of user subscriptions that makes them want to write off reader? whereas sidebar lists add value for a part of the web that's already public (so broader user base) and carries the potential for ad revenue.

  4. Looks like it might just have worked! And the rest all sounds right too. Thanks.

  5. On this issue, from Lifehacker: