|An example of the blog reader I see when I log onto my blog's dashboard|
Many thanks to all of you who've decided to continue to subscribe to Veg Plotting in the lead up to Google Reader's demise early next week (1st July). From my stats I see Bloglovin', Feedly and The Old Reader are the most popular options you've chosen going forward.
In addition to these, anyone who blogs using Blogger or WordPress and just wants a simple reader would do well to consider their provider's Follow facility. Both WordPress and Blogger allow the URLs from other blog providers to be copied into their Follow function, so it isn't solely for blogs registered with the same provider. I've decided that this is the way forward for me and I've consolidated the various readers I've been using into one humongous list.
I've also taken a copy of my Google Reader subscriptions just in case I want to move to something more sophisticated, or if the rumour re the demise of Google Friend Connect (used for Blogger's in-blog reader facility) actually happens. This can be done easily and quickly via Google Takeout. Even if you've moved to another reader already, it's worth taking a copy of your Google Reader subscription just in case you find you don't like your new reader's home.
I've also added the feed registration links for most of the popular reader services towards the top of my left sidebar so that there's a wide range of reader options for everyone going forward. As well as Bloglovin', Feedly and The Old Reader, the RSS option gives access to other popular services such as Netvibes, Bloglines and MyYahoo. There's also the email subscription option if that's how you prefer Veg Plotting served to you.
The only option I haven't got to grips with is one(s) suitable for Mac users. I hear Reeder is a good option, though I'm not certain how it's going to work going forward (it is/was dependent on a Google Reader subscription). Oh and Google+ continues to be a mystery to me, so I'd love to see any advice you have on how blog subscriptions works with this.
If you haven't moved elsewhere already, it may seem like there's still plenty of time to migrate away from Google Reader. However, I'm sure there'll be a major panic at the weekend when many people try to do it right at the last minute. Perhaps the time to do yours is now?
Google Reader: The Hunt for an Alternative