17 March 2013


So google reader announced that it is intending to close in July.
I will put this out there now. I don't use a reader. Shoot me. 
I think my style of blog reading is pretty old fashioned. I link up a load of blogs on a separate page that is linked at the top of my blog. I don't know which are updated I just click and hope! 

Since hearing about the google reader news, I have come across blog lovin. Maybe I was in a happy mood, maybe I thought, lets just experiment. But I signed up and gave it a go. 

So far I am liking what I see. 

The process seems pretty simple. You sign up with your email or facebook and then simply search for blogs to follow. I found my favourite blogs really quickly by just tapping their name into the search box. 

When you have done that it comes up with a feed. Sort of a combination of facebook and instagram. 
Any posts that you haven't read will come up on the feed with the blog name, post title, photo and start of the post. 

Just click on any of these and it will take you to the blog. You see the blog as you would normally so you don't lose any of the formatting or lovely art of the blog. You can also comment like normal and even add linkys like normal. 

When you have finished reading the blog post there is a toolbar at the top of the page. It tells you how many other unread posts you have and you simply click "older" and it will take you to the next one.

Once you have clicked on a post it will be marked on your bloglovin feed as read. 

So far I have found it a very clear and simple design. I had a bit of a problem "claiming my blog". Basically attaching Creating Paper Dreams to my username but that was fine- all sorted now. 

I like that all the blogs I read are collected in one place and that I can still see the whole blog not just one post. It has also cut down my blog reading time. No fiddly tabs etc just one button to lead from one blog to the next. 

I like it. I am reserving judgment till I have had a good few weeks of trialling but I am seeing good things. 

Have you given blogLovin a go? Did you use google reader? How do you read blogs in general? 


scrappyjacky said...

I really liked Reader....but obviously now need something else....and have seen a few people suggesting Bloglovin....so I shall definately take a look.

debs14 said...

I never used reader either, I rely on the 'blogs I follow' bit of blogger to let me know when people have updated their blogs. I Like the look of this Bloglovin one though and will give it a lookover!

Beverly said...

What you describe is pretty much how GR works BUT with GR you can have a "Next" button on your regular toolbar and each click takes you to the next blog post of the blogs you read....I really, really, really love my "Next" button :(

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm wiaitng a bit to decide what to use. . . been using google reader since day one!

Karen said...

I've been using Google Reader for quite a few years, and I'm leaning toward using Feedly at the moment.

Anonymous said...

I've been using Google Reader for what seems like forever but this week I'm giving Bloglovin' a try and I'm really liking it now. I wasn't too sure the first couple of days but the moreI use it the more I think I'm actually liking it better than Google Reader, especially now that I've realized I can categorize the blogs I follow.

Amy said...

I've just imported everything into Bloglovin and I think I am going to like it a lot - it works far more efficiently than Google Reader and and seems to be really easy to import/delete etc. Thanks for the suggestion Abi.

alexa said...

Hi Abi and thank you for all the detail on this - I've been using Google Reader and am right royally dischuffed that they are pulling it, so this is very timely. It looks good. Some of the other possibilities seem to be more directed towards readers of magazines or news, rather than logs so this looks like a good bet. Much appreciated !

Matt_Zipfel said...

I use feed.ly now - It's also pretty good.