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Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Feed Readers

21st March 2013

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Hello, bloggiesta-ers….bloggiesties…BLOGGERS! I hope your Bloggiesta weekend will be productive and fun. As most of you know or have heard, Google Reader will no longer be available after July 1, 2013. What to do? Agh! Instead of panicking, check out this primer. I did the research so you don’t have to! I’ve taken the most popular feed readers and checked out what they look like and what they do. Depending on how important a number of elements are to you (availability of apps, pure RSS, ability to view original blog), you can make a decision below.

Some biases to be aware of: I disliked pure RSS because I enjoy seeing the individual blog. Therefore, what I may see as a benefit, you may see as a drawback. However, I detail what each one is, so you should be able to distinguish. I also use minimal organization within my reader, so if you want more bells and whistles, look for that within the descriptions.

For instructions on how to save your Google Reader feed, check out Charlie’s post and scroll to the bottom.

Here we go:

Feedly

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Benefits:

  • Powered by Google Reader, so you have the same data/support Google gives to all its products, and same goes for if you already have a gmail account.
  • Has an app.
  • Easy to share posts through Twitter or on your Facebook account, directly from the site.
  • Also, aesthetically pleasing with links opening in a new window. The beauty of this is you can actually see the website.
  • Ability to manage blogs via folders and tags.

Drawbacks:

  • Must be installed on your computer. This could be viewed as a benefit because you can instantly add a site to feedly using a bookmarklet; however, this isn’t easily accessible from all computers – say your work computer when you need a 15-minute break.

Import: Feedly has worked on a transition just for the GR switch, called Normandy. If you switch before July 1, 2013, you should be able to “migrate seamlessly” – go here for instructions.

Feed Demon

Benefits:

  • Simple customization but similar to Google Reader – very technical, not so attractive.
  • A bit primitive.

Drawbacks:

  • Again, must be downloaded.
  • If you’re not a techie, there are LOTS of different tools you may not need and that may inhibit your viewing.

Download: Download Feed Demon here.

Bloglovin

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Benefits:

  • Simplicity.
  • Aesthetically pleasing. (I’ll be honest, this is the feed reader I currently use and adore.)
  • No installation. Just log on to see your favorite sites.
  • Easily customizable.
  • The dominant image and a teaser of the post is shown Click on the link, and it opens the site in a new tab. Love. It. (And no, they don’t pay me to say that).
  • Ability to view blogs in folders, alphabetically, or by date updated.
  • Has an app.
  • Once you open one site, Bloglovin gives you a utilities “frame”, from which you can “share” or “favorite” the post or click to the next post in your feed. That way you aren’t opening multiple tabs. It’s quick and easy.

Drawbacks:

  • Few bells and whistles. If you are used to mass data and organization options, this won’t be your feed.
  • Also, Bloglovin’ was originally a fashion blog aggregate, so there are occasional ads at the top for fashion blogs.

Import: Import your feed here.

Newsblur

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Benefits:

  • Lots of customization and organization.
  • You can view the original site or just the plain RSS.

Drawbacks:

  • Newsblur is free for up to 64 sites or $1 a month for unlimited access.
  • Not as intuitive because of all the options available.

Import: Import your feed here.

Bloglines

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Benefits:

  • Familiar to many.
  • Simple to use.
  • Traditional.

Drawbacks:

  • Signup required instead of immediate import.
  • Since changing hands, has less of a reader feel.

Create account: Sign up here.

WordPress

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Benefits:

  • Perfect for those with WordPress accounts (keeps all data in one place).
  • Aesthetically pleasing.
  • Opens blog in new window.
  • Gives preview of post.
  • Ability to share post within reader.

Drawbacks:

  • For those looking for a pure RSS reader, may not like.
  • Not ideal for non-Wordpress users.

Import: Go here to import your feed.

Blogger

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Benefits:

  • Perfect for those with existing Blogger accounts.
  • Opens blog in new window.
  • Gives preview of post.

Drawbacks:

  • No ability to share post or favorite it.
  • No customization options.
  • No settings to change blog list/viewing options/folders.
  • Not ideal for those without existing Blogger accounts.

Import: Visit site here and click “Add” – this will give you the ability to import your feed.

Challenge: Post about your first impressions and which feed reader you think you’ll like. That way, if you’ve experienced any others or have tips, others can benefit! Link your post below for a chance to win a $15 gift card to Book Depository.

Bloggiesta 2012

30th March 2012

You know how websites sometimes say *Down for scheduled maintenance between 03/30/12 and 04/01/12.* Consider that this blog this weekend. It’s time to hang out with PEDRO and Plan, Edit, Develop, Review, and Organize. Natasha from Maw Books created Bloggiesta, and it’s a fantastic idea. This year Suey from It’s All About Books is hosting along with Danielle from There’s a Book.

For non-bloggers, I apologize for the down time, but I hope to improve The Picky Girl site. I’ll be out of town tomorrow anyway, so I’ll try to do as much as I can tonight and Sunday. If there’s anything you’d like to see on The Picky Girl or anything you’d like to change, let me know.

In keeping with the rules, here’s my to-do list (I’ll mark off as I get things accomplished):

  • Go through recent posts and make sure photos are credited, linked, or acknowledged.
  • Link book reviews to Goodreads and Shelfari. [From July 2011 to present.]
  • Learn a bit about SEO and try to incorporate it a bit more. [Thanks to April at Good Books & Good Wine.] And lots of help from Lulu at Regular Ruminations and various other helpful tweeps. 🙂
  • Create Word document with URLs to ease trackbacks and linking to other accounts.  [Back 6 months.]
  • Update Review Directory.
  • Create favicon and Gravatar. [Per Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading Mini Challenge.]
  • Try to figure out why some bloggers have categories that show up under Google, but mine is more random. Figured out why, but will take some work with SEO and time for this to happen.
  • Update Bloggers I Follow page.
  • Installed LinkWithin, a plugin that adds related posts after my signature. [Thanks to Carina from Reading Through Life.]
  • Take photos for Fridays at Home posts so there is no last-minute scrambling. Schedule several. (Create a page?)

Reviews I’d like to finish or draft:

  • One Pink Line by Dina Silver
  • Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
  • The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
  • Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
  • Asylum by Patrick McGrath
  • Kino by Jurgen Fauth
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness