Google reader is a free platform where you can store or import all your favorite blogs and websites that are served through web feeds. We count of this reader to serve up our favorite blogs as soon as they post something new. We rely on this to be there with our most read websites on crafting, cooking, news and information. It's our sacred "list" of favorites.
Your favorites list will DISAPPEAR if you don't do something before July 1st.
Here is a quote from Google about that. You can read the whole article HERE.
"We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months."
I can get to my google reader my clicking the link from my blogger dashboard...circled in red below. I am assuming the regular reading list that is on my blogger dashboard on the left side will still remain, but not 100% sure on that.
Google is saying you can use their "Takeout" service and download your reading lists and favorites to a new server. You can click HERE to read about that.
The one server I have heard a lot about lately is Feedly. You can click HERE to go to their site. They also have help with the Google Takeout transfer of your information.
2 big issues with Google Reader disappearing...
- you can lose your list of favorite blogs to read and
- bloggers (like me) can lose you as a reader, because you won't be able to find me.
You can always save your favorite sites to your "bookmarks" or "favorites" on your computer, but that just stores the info...it doesn't give you the newest updated post each time like a feed does. You would have to click on your bookmarks each time, every day to see if they posted something new.
The easiest and quickest solution to this problem is email. If you have your "ABSOLUTE" favorite blogs that you would hate to lose track of, see if that blog has a subscribe by email featuure.
I have a "Follow by Email" gadget on my side bar. Just click on that and submit your info. Every time I post something new, the post is automatically sent to your email inbox, like a newsletter. You can click on the link in the email and it will bring you to my blog and all it's content.
My email service is provided by Feedburner, another Google service that I hope doesn't disappear too. I was looking into switching to MailChimp, but need to read more about that.
You can add your own "Follow by Email" gadget too, so you don't lose your readers. This is the Feedburner one provided by Blogger. Just go to your dashboard and...
- click layout
- then click add gadget
- a pop up window will appear
- scroll until you see Follow by Email
- click add,save and then place it where you want on your blog.
If you have any info on this topic, please share it in the comment section. If I hear or read anything new on this, I'll be sure to share it with you.