Man, Google Reader was the best, wasn’t it?
I appreciated the simple, easy-to-navigate format. I liked that I could arrange and organize my blog subscriptions just the way I wanted. I loved being able to read entire posts right there in the reader (usually–some people fix it so that you have to click over to their site. It’s fine. Annoying, but fine). And I especially appreciated the Subscribe button I could add to my bookmarks bar so that whenever I was reading a new blog, with a simple click of that button, I was automatically subscribed–no copy-and-paste jobs, thankyouverymuch.
And then Google went and failed us all.
Damn Google. . .
So, in the wake of that disaster, like many others, I jumped off the Google ship and onto the Bloglovin’ boat. And I tried to like it; I really, really did. But there are just so many things for me to hate about Bloglovin’.
First, I really don’t like having to click through to read blog posts. I think it’s great that they want the blogs to get those stats, I really do. But, I am selfish. And lazy. And clicking a mouse button is just so much work.
Second, it really bugs me that I can’t organize blogs from oldest to newest posts. You may have noticed that I tend to disappear from teh interwebs for a while, and when I do show up, I generally have 200 blog posts I have to catch up on. I am the sort of person who likes to pick up where I left off, and I hate having to scroll around to get to the post I want to read.
Third, the iPhone app is ridiculous. When I read a post on the app, it doesn’t transfer that information to the web. So when I log in on the web version, I have to sort through a bunch of posts that I’ve already read.
Fourth, I think the name is stupid.
Don’t get me wrong, Bloglovin’ is a totally decent reader. . . if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s just not for me.
So, yesterday, I went searching. I asked Google if it could find me a reader that was just like Google Reader. And it did.
The Old Reader (yes, that’s really it’s name. Yes, it’s almost as dumb as Bloglovin’) is a clean, easy-to-use reader. According to what I’ve read, it was built to be very much like Google Reader was back in the good old days (that link also explores several other readers, so if you, too, are dissatisfied with your reader, give it a look. Also, READER. Just thought I’d squeeze the word into this paragraph one more time for good measure. . . )
Here’s what I love about it: 1) I can organize new blog posts by date (oldest to newest, newest to oldest); 2) I can view the posts by list so I can easily pick and choose what I want to read, and it takes up far less space on my screen; and 3) I can read the entire post in the reader (if I want to leave a comment, that’s when I’ll click over to the actual post). You do have the option of reading all new posts without clicking from blog to blog, similar to Bloglovin’.
Now, I will say this (oh so magnanimously), Bloglovin’ is great for exploring new blogs because you can surf through them by category–which is all sorts of awesome if you have some time to kill. The Old Reader does not have this option, though you can see what other blog posts are trending, like so:
(If you’re curious, you can read that comic here–I didn’t want to show you without proper linkage. Also, it’s hilarious.)
So, I’ve begun the rather tedious process of transferring all my subscriptions. There is no easy transfer option unless you know how to transfer via OPML file–which I do not. But, it has given me a chance to look over my subscriptions and make sure I’m only subscribed to blogs I actually enjoy reading. I love to read blogs with entertaining writing, beautiful pictures, or helpful tutorials. Or sometimes just because the author seems like a kindred spirit 🙂 That’s just how I roll.
Well now, that was a fun rabbit trail. . . what was I talking about?
Basically, The Old Reader does just exactly what I want it to. No extras. No social stuff. Just a list of new blog posts for me to read in peace. And I was so very excited about it that I thought I’d share, just in case someone else out there needs a new reader, too.
So, what do you think? Am I being too hard on poor Bloglovin’? What’s your reader of choice?
Oh, before I go–you know how I’ve been super mopey all summer? Well, I’m pleased to report that things are finally looking–well, maybe not “up”–but in a cheerfuller direction. The fall is bringing some changes for me which I’m really excited about–and it’s about time! (No, I’m not getting married–though I know some of you have totally been expecting it since my Lebanese wedding blessing.)