Blog Improvement Fridays, Google Reader/ RSS

Blog Improvement Fridays {Spring Cleaning with Google}

March 22, 2013

I’m sure you’ve all heard it by now but I’ll gladly remind you again: Google is „spring cleaning“ and will be retiring its Reader on July 1st. When I heard the news I was confused. Most bloggers I know use Google Reader to stay on top of their blog reading so I had absolutely no clue that Google was even contemplating shutting down its RSS tool. They are gracious enough to give us a 3-month “sunset period” so we can smoothly transition into using a new platform.

What first came to my mind was: how will I ever find an equally organized system that will track my favorite new blog posts for me? Luckily, there are few bloggers who sensed that Google will announce this change and have consequently done some research of other RSS tools for us.

Two options I find trustworthy are Bloglovin’ and Feedly.

I’ve given both tools a test run this past week and will be using them in parallel for the coming weeks to see which I prefer most. If you’re still indecisive about which tool to choose I’d suggest you sign up with both and you’ll immediately see which is the best fit for you.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred new RSS platform there is no need to add every single blog from your reader to the new platform. There is an option to import your current list of blogs from your reader to your new RSS tool.


After signing into your Bloglovin’ account go to the Settings menu {which is located in the drop-down menu when you click on your username in the top right corner}. Scroll down to the Other  section and you’ll see a Import blogs button. Click!


A new screen will open and it let’s you import blog either from Google Reader or OPML/XML. Click onto Google reader.


Click again!


Give bloglovin’ permission to manage your data. Click on the blue Allow access button.


Taaaadahhh! And your blogs are being imported. Depending on the number of blogs you’ll be importing this may take a minute or two but once that’s done you’re all set.


It really is that simple!



The process in Feedly is similar. To sign up click on the Get Feedly button.  A pop-up window will open and it will request that you install the program. Accept and re-start firefox.


After re-starting you will immediately be brought to the Feedly homepage. Assuming that you do not have account you can click on the Google Reader use? Sync button which will log you in with your Google email address.


Feedly will also request permission to access your Google Reader content. Click the blue Allow access button.


The import will take 2 seconds and your Feedly homepage will pop up boasting all your favorite blogs. As with Bloglovin’, Feedly also allows you to add new blogs by simply searching for the blog name.


Finding the right reader is personal preference. I’m sure there are so many tools out there that I have never heard off. So if you’d like to enlighten me feel free to leave a link in the comment section.

Which platform will you choose to stay up-to-date with your blog reading?

Whichever one you choose I’d truly appreciate it if you’d add my blog to your list so we can also stay in touch in the future.

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  • Reply Kathryn March 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I’m doing something similar and using both at the moment – I think I will probably go with Feedly though as I marginally prefer the interface and it’s really easy to use on my phone.

  • Reply Bec March 24, 2013 at 4:14 am

    This was so helpful. I’ve been wondering what I’m going to do and this has been really helpful. I admit most of my blogs I follow via email so it’s not too big a problem.

  • Reply Katie (The Muffin Myth) March 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Great post, Antonia! I’ve been thinking I need to look into other options but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’ll definitely try out both of these and see how I like them.

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