So ya heard Google Reader is gettin’ the boot. (Or maybe you didn’t and I just spilled the beans.) Either way, you’re probably scratching your head wondering how in the world you’re going to continue to consume your favorite blogs and RSS feeds.
Fear no more! I have two great alternatives with which I think you will be more than pleased.
Skimr comes pre-loaded with some awesome geeky sites but you can remove those and add your own. (Go ahead try it … just add http://2geekygirls.com/feed:-)) You can also easily transfer your feeds from your current RSS feed reader over to Skimr by importing an OPML file.
I really love this reader because of it’s clean, simple format. You just click on the site and the feed opens right up with the title of the article and an excerpt. Browse the excerpts then click on one to open it up and read the full article.
BlogLovin’ is great for blog readers and writers alike. For readers, simple enter the URL of the blogs you wish to follow and then you can elect to get email notifications daily or as new posts occur for the blogs which you are following. (There’s also a sweet Google Chrome extension that will pop up with a notification when a new post is added!)
For blog writers you can claim your blog and have others follow your blog so that your new posts will appear in their notifications as described above. BlogLovin’ also does a really nice job of providing buttons that bloggers can put on their site and in their posts to encourage readers to follow. Something like this…
(Hint, hint, cough, cough.) You will also see that we added a BlogLovin’ menu item and a sidebar widget. We did that based on recommendations that came from BlogLovin’ on how to increase readership… and well… we want to do that:-) Don’t you?!
So Google Reader may be prepping for the big sleep but not all is lost – you still have some great options for reading your favorite blogs and article sites!
If you have any other suggested alternatives please leave a comment below so that we can check them out!
Thanks for reading!