Alternative Ways to Follow Blogs with Google Reader Going Away

If you haven’t already heard, Google Reader is officially shutting down on July 1st. Apparently less and less people are using the service and Google wants to put more energy behind fewer products. In order to do that, they are eliminating the ones that aren’t currently as successful.

I personally use Google Reader to read and keep up with my favorite blogs so the news was a little disappointing. So, if you are like me, and use Google Reader, here are a few alternative ways to follow your favorite blogs {including Megan Brooke Handmade, wink wink}.

Alternative Ways to View Blogs

The first option is BlogLovin”. With BlogLovin” you search for the blogs you want to follow. Once you are following them, the website will appear on the left hand side, similar to Google Reader, and all the latest posts from that blog appear once you click on the site. The downside is that it does look like there are some ads that appear in between some of the blog posts. But overall, super easy to use. If you use/plan to use BlogLovin” you can click the BlogLovin” button on the right hand side of my sidebar to follow Megan Brooke Handmade.

Follow Blogs with BlogLovin'

Subscribing via email is another alternative. Most blogs have a place in their sidebar where you can enter your email address and receive posts when they are published by email.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

My favorite options is Feedly. You can import all the blogs you currently have in Google Reader into Feedly in one easy step.

Importing from Google Reader to Feedly

I really like the layout. The blogs you subscribe to and their posts appear in an editorial style. If you wish to add additional blogs after you’ve imported the ones from Google Reader, all you have to do is click the ‘+Add Website’ link on the left hand side.

Adding Blogs in Feedly

The individual blog pages are also pretty slick. Here’s a few screenshots of how Megan Brooke Handmade appears in Feedly.

Megan Brooke Handmade in Feedly

Megan Brooke Handmade in Feedly

I’m planning to start using Feedly and am going to go ahead and give Google Reader the boot.

How do you plan on following your favorite blogs with Google Reader going away? Any good alternatives that I left out?

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