Sunday, March 17, 2013 12:09

Fairytale News | Bloglovin'

'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

I think everybody is now aware of the fact that Google Reader is going to quit. In July it is no longer available, so I decided to take a look at different options. Thanks to this post from Bewitched Bookworms, I’m now going to use Bloglovin’ as a new follower option. You can find the button in the sidebar or you can click on this link: follow The Daily Prophecy to go straight to the subscription option.

What I really like is the interface. It is simple and pretty. You can sort all the blogs you follow in different groups and it is possible to transfer every blog from the Google Reader to this website. With one click on the button it is done, so it’s very easy in use.

Another interesting option is Feedly. From their website:
Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.
You can switch to different options for you interface and it is possible to save articles in order to read them later. What I like is that there is a Google Chrome (and Firefox) plug in. If you click on the RSS follow button in the sidebar, you are automatically redirected to Feedly! Or you can subscribe by clicking here: feedly follow. I also took the plunge into Google +, but I don’t like it.

There are a lot of other options on the web, but I’m going to stick with Feedly and Bloglovin’  They are by far the best options I have seen so far. What are you going to use/What are you now using?

Some other news:
The fairytale read-a-thon came to an end. I managed to read 3 books from the 6 I planned. I had a crazy busy week, but I had a lot of fun! I've also read 3 books from the 10 books so far for the TBR pile read-a-thon this month.
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

57 comments:

  1. I've just started using Bloglovin' and think I might actually prefer it to Google Reader. I can now follow Wordpress blogs too so it makes commenting a lot easier. I've also found that Google Reader didn't display all of the blogs that I was following and Bloglovin' does.

    I'm following you on Bloglovin', by the way!

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    1. Yes, that is one thing I really like too! I'm actually using Bloglovin' more often than I used Google Reader.

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  2. I love wordpress but I totally understand not wanting all your followers to have to resubscribe to your blog..sorry that google is doing that! :(

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    1. That is one of the major plus points for Wordpress. I'm happy you don't have to deal with this!

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  3. I really like the simplicity of Bloglovin' so I'm switching to that. :)

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  4. Well goodluck with the change to Bloglovin, like Alisa, I loved wordpress for it's simplicity and ability to follow everyone! :)

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  5. I don't actually use my Google Reader very often, so the change probably won't affect me very much, but it's good to know that there are other simple options available for those who need them. Google is pretty unreliable, I've come to realise.. Sigh. Though if GFC dies with it, I may just give up them altogether.

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  6. I'm loving bloglovin' too. I didn't know you could put a button on your side bar so thanks for sharing. I just added mine to my blog. Also, 3 out of 6 is still really good! Hope you had a fun time.

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  7. I use Bloglovin and love it, it's so simple and clean and just awesome :) You have to put the labels on blogs yourself but it's amazing :)

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    1. I'm already putting labels on them. It's quite some work, but I think it's worth it.

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  8. Luckily I never used Google Reader but I've just switched to feedly and liking it, I like the mobile version so I can access my fave blogs on the go. I wish there was a centralised system that we could all use on every platform to make it easier

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  9. I like Feedly... just tried it out and think it's great!!

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    1. I love that it takes over when you make an account. Everyone is now directed to Feedly once they use the RSS button. Easy peasy :D

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  10. Bloglovin' is pretty simple. :) too bad about google reader.

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  11. I haven't checked out Feedly, my blog partner did (on her iPad) we've really loved Feeddemon. I've been using Feeddemon for quite awhile now and I love it even more than bloglovin. It's got all the same features as bloglovin, I just love the interface a lot more.

    I've been thinking of doing a similar post myself, informing readers about Google Reader. Google really sucks, so annoying. I've been wanting to switch from Feedburner as well, because I know that's going to be going soon too.

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

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    1. I'm also looking for a good alternative for Feedburner, but the only free one I've found so far is Feedcat (or something like that).

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  12. I haven't checked into Bloglovin' but it looks nice and simple. I have looked into Feedly a fair amount and like the way that looks as well. With all the bugs in Google Read, I wasn't too surprised when I heard they officially gave up on it.

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    1. They are both great options. I hope you get to pick the one that works best for you :)

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  13. I saw this and was disgruntled at the news but thanks for sharing alternative options. What is going on with Google?
    Cricket@Little Library Muse

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    1. I don't know, but I don't want them to stop with many more things. Imagine that they just stop all blogspots.. The horror.

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  14. Yep, I made the switch to Bloglovin' as well! So far I've been getting emails of new people following me, so it seems to have been a good decision. :) Honestly, the things Google does makes me dislike them more and more. :/ I also found out that you can't find the follower widget on newly created blogs unless you add it in manually, so yeah. Gets complicated every year.

    Hope you have a lovely week, Mel!

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    1. Me too! I really like those emails, haha. I hope you have a great week too!

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  15. YAY! I signed up for Feedly just a few days ago, but I just found out that a billion people don't even KNOW what Google Reader is, so I guess that's why Google had to drop it, but then again with all of the glitches it has, I'm not surprised everybody kind of forgot about it >.<

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    1. Really? I thought that Google Reader was a pretty big thing.

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  16. I've been playing around with feedly and bloglovin-not super sold on either but hopefully will either fall for one or discover something else. It has really sapped my desire to comment unfortunately :(

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    1. There are some other alternatives out there. Just keep searching until you find the one that works for you! :)

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  17. I started using The Old Reader and it's simple and to the point I like it. There are tons of RSS readers out there you just gotta find the one you like most. I might try that Blog lovin one and see how I like it.

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  18. I am bummed about the death of Google Reader. I used it for pretty much everything! Ah, oh well, I haven't made the switch to a new reader yet, but I will likely settle on Blog Lovin because that seems to be a favourite among bloggers.

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    1. It is definitely an easy, good working option :)

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  19. Oh so I tried Feedly, and it automatically has your blogger following in there--which is all your GFC blogs you follow. So if people use Feedly GFC still has a reason to be. Until they cut that service off too I guess.

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    1. I love that! Thanks for sharing. It also takes over your RSS follow :D

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  20. I don't really know what it means, all this Google Reader stuff, but I presume it means GFC following will be no more- I'm just hoping it won't effect email subscriptions, because that's how I follow blogs because it's so easy. It'll no doubt give me a headache, but maybe I should really look into this. /:

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    1. GFC following is staying. You just can't read all the new posts in Google Reader anymore :)

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    2. Thank you- try as I might I just couldn't work out what was happening! I'm so fantastic at the internetz.

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    3. Haha, I'm not that good with all these things, but google is very helpful :D

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  21. I heard about Google reader coming to an end too, I didn't know what other options would be available, but thanks for the heads up I will definitely have to check the out the other ones you mentioned! :)

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    1. You are welcome! And I recommend that you take a look at Bewitched Bookworms, because they talk about more options.

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  22. I have been thinking about switching over to feedly or bloglovin'. I can't decide which. Although, I guess I could do both. Thanks for the tips :)

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    1. Both is also a good idea. Feedly takes over your RSS button and Bloglovin' is a separate button :)

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  23. I actually don't use Google reader much, but it would be a bummer if it means they would shut GFC. I've been thinking of other options too, like Bloglovin or other RSS. I'm going to wait for a little more before I decide on anything I guess. Thank you for telling us about the options, Mel! <3

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    1. You should take your time for it. And you are welcome Hilda ^^

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  24. I am a huge google reader user. I use it everyday so this was really sad for me because I do not do well with change. lol I'll have to check out this bloglovin' you mentioned, though I do plan to wait a month or so before I switch.

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. Yeah, you still have some time to use the reader. I hope you can find another reader that works for you!

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  25. oh gosh they said that last year,a nd I hate that they're doing this! But thanks for mentioning bloglovin'! Going to have to check that out, & followed you!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  26. I tried Feedly and didn't understand it at all lol. Okay, so I didn't really spend a lot of time figuring it out but maybe I should. I've heard that it's better than Bloglovin? No idea. For now I like Bloglovin a lot :) Or maybe I'll just use them both like you :)

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    1. I've heard that everybody who clicks on your link in Bloglovin' isn't counted as a page view. I don't mind about that though, but I can see that some blogs want their page views to be up-to-date. I've been using Bloglovin' so far and I like it. Feedly is a good option for a new RSS, so I'm pretty happy with both of them.

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  27. Ahh, I'm so so so sad that Google Reader is going away :( I'm very addicted to it, lol (A) I won't go looking for something new to use yet, cause I did try Feedly, and I didn't like it one bit :p I can understand why you do though, it just wasn't for me :D I might try out Bloglovin, since it seems pretty awesome :D Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

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  28. I'm sad too. :( Google reader was perfect, imo, and the alternatives are just so-so, also I don't like G+ at all :(

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  29. I'm wondering if I just never knew about all these supposed bugs with Google Reader because to the best of my knowledge I never experienced any. I love how simple it is, so when I started checking things like BlogLovin and Feedly I just got terribly confused despite my best efforts. I did discover The Old Reader and love it. And have already subscribed to all my current blogs through it. Once I'm all caught up in Google Reader I plan on making sure The Old Reader updates the same and then completely giving up Google Reader.

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