Sadly I found out today that Google Reader is dying. It will be gone July 1, 2013. I’m so frustrated because Google Reader has become a part of my life. It’s how I keep up with what’s going on in ministry and it’s a primary avenue of learning for me.
The part that I am most upset about is that it has not only become second nature to me but it’s been a way to archive and research for sermons and ministry based on an If this then that recipe. I’ve got an entire notebook full of Youth Ministry/Teaching/Communication ideas simply by starring something in Google Reader. It’s been amazing!
So naturally I’m looking for an alternative that I can use and get the same functionality linking to Evernote.
Right now, I’m experimenting with Feedly. It was recommended by John Saddington and for that I’m at least going to give it a try. Feedly, already has talked about helping users transition from Google Reader. But if you haven’t figured out what to do, here are some options.
I assume that for right now my ifttt.com recipes will continue to work with Feedly because they are pulling from the Google Reader servers. However, I’m not sure about this.
Besides Feedly, there are a couple of other alternatives that people are throwing out there right now.
- The Old Reader - They liked the Old Google Reader and tried to keep it.
- NewsBlur - They have a pro version for $1
I’m a huge fan of Google Reader and am so mad at Google right now for deleting it and also mad hearing about the rumors of Feedburner going away as well. But alas, gotta figure out a different way.
So what about you, Reader fan or could care less?
How do you read blogs and keep up with their feeds?