14 March 2013

Keep Calm & Don't Panic!

It is very rare I will write a post on this blog which is not beauty related, and I do believe this is the first post I will have ever written which is technology/information based. But here goes!



Yesterday Google announced some more products they will be saying goodbye to with their Second Spring of Cleaning announcement (which you can read in full on the Google blog here) I found out about this late last night and although it wasn't a surprise to me, I felt a little bit like Google was slapping us in the face. For me, in all my years of blogging on various platforms, Google Reader has been a fantastic and easy way to keep up to date with all of the blogs I follow. Every single blog I read on a daily basis, is on my Google Reader reading list. I browse it daily, I go to blogs from it, daily. It is a daily part of me running this blog as a blogger, as much as it is for me as a reader of blogs. It's a simple, yet effective tool, and I for one will miss it.

Google's decision to axe Google Reader is, ultimately, their decision. There have been outcrys from users of Google Reader all over the Internet since it was announced. Someone from New York has even started a petition to stop Google axing Google Reader (which if you so wish, you can read and sign here) and one comical YouTube user has even made a spoof Hitler reaction to the news (although Hitler is in no means funny, this clip is and I strongly recommend you watch it, just to make the situation more light hearted!) 

So what does the loss of Google Reader mean? Well, I am no technology genuis. But for me, it will make following and reading blogs just that little bit trickier, and a little more effort will be needed on my part to ensure I keep up with the blogs I read and love. There are alternative platforms; I've been looking into Feedly as an alternative to following blogs. You can do a simple Google search to find out what alternatives there are out there, although this post from CNET may be helpful to some of you. 

So how can you follow blogs now that Google Reader is going? Well firstly, don't panic. The axe date for Google Reader is July 1st which means we have a few months yet before it goes. That gives you plenty of time to switch over to other readers and websites for following blogs. I've listed below the different ways for example that you can follow me, and their benefits. It might be worth signing up to a few of these websites and transferring over the blogs you read. And if you are a blogger and don't have your blog connected to these platforms, perhaps now is the time to do a little bit of exploring and see if they'll work for you. 

BlogLovin'
BlogLovin' is a site I am using more and more lately. It's a great way to follow blogs, where you can see everyone's latest posts as well as posts from other blogs on a variety of topics, all over the World. I have had my BlogLovin' profile around 10 months now, and I log in to BlogLovin' daily. You can follow me on there here. The benefit to BlogLovin' is you are taken directly to that specifc bloggers post, where you can comment. But you can also like the posts over on BlogLovin' itself! BlogLovin' is free to sign up to and connect your blog to. 

Twitter
A tool most bloggers from any topic use. A great way to connect with other bloggers and share your blog. I think Twitter will remain a super popular option for people to follow blogs and share posts. You can follow me on Twitter here. Twitter is free to sign up to.

Facebook
If you have a Facebook page for your blog, it's a great way to reach your readers on a more personal level without just a feed of your posts showing up. Each day I will add my latest post over to my Facebook fan page. And I often update my 'status' on there for a bit of a chit chat with my readers. Facebook fan pages are free to use and sign up to. Just be careful not to select any of the paid options! You can 'Like!' me on Facebook here

Google+
Google+ is the platform that Google is hoping we all switch to in order to follow and read blogs, as well as sharing posts. I'm pretty new to Google+ myself, finding the interface a little bit bare and lacking. But I do have a Google+ account which you can follow here! The only downside to Google+ is that not many people use it (yet) and you have to add your posts manually each day.  Google+ is free to sign up to.

Other ways you can follow Tattooed Tealady

Ultimately, I would say please don't panic. I know change can be scary, I for one hate change. But there are many options out there to replace Google Reader, and we all have a few months to make sure we are sorted before it disappears!
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21 comments

  1. Not panicking but just annoyed! I'm the same, I started on Google Reader and built up a great list of blogs I like to read! It's going to make things more tricky!

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    1. It is definitely annoying but at least there are other platforms to follow blogs on and we're not just stranded! :) xo

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  2. I never use Google Reader to read blogs, I use mainly bloglovin. I don't think it will change much for me and my blog but I will just have to wait and see.

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    1. At least we have time to prepare too! I think most people are switching over to BlogLovin' xo

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  3. Is Google Reader the same as GFC? When I go to 'Blogger' from the google home page, is the list of blogs I have there Google Reader? Will my followers disappear? This seems so... Backward.. Why would they get rid of it? Sorry for the questions I just don't really understand.. Xx

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    1. That is exactly what im confused about :(

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    2. GFC and Google Reader are two different thinks :) Google Reader is your reading list. So for example, when you log in to blogspot/blogger, and all the blogs you follow have their posts displayed in a list, that is Google Reader! xo

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  4. thank you for addressing this. i freaked last night when my reader popped up saying it was being retired. i freaked! not as bad as hitler up there (hilarious video btw), but i panicked pretty bad. i looked into feedly but while i was it kept going down and that worried me, then when it was up it looked so confusing so i am going back to bloglovin, which i abandoned last year when they made an update i didnt like and transferred all of my blog subscriptions to reader, one by one. luckily, going back to bloglovin from reader last night was nothing short of a piece of pie. i like it a lot less, but don't seem to have much of a choice. i sure hope they don't decide to retire blogger next. seems like all of the best features of running a blog keep disappearing from their product lineup.

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    1. It does seem really silly that they keep shutting down popular and much loved features, but I think it's all due to them wanting everyone to switch to Google+! xo

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    2. sadly google+ is probably (in my opinion) the worst product they've ever released.

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    3. From my experience and what I have tried, I have to agree unfortunately xo

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  5. I wish Google would give up with Google+, no one really uses it and I find the interface rubbish. But like you said, their decision, Google Reader is just my preferred platform for reading. Oh well, going to use the intermission time to try and get used to reading via Bloglovin. At least there are options, loads of them, and easy ways to move over.

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    1. You can very simply transfer over your Google Reader list to Bloglovin' now as they added a quick and easy one step feature on the website today! :) xo

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  6. I really hope they don't get rid of GFC, every blogger displays their GFC widget like a medal, I really hope they don't take that away too :(

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    1. I think it's safe to say GFC will go, but not yet! xo

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    1. Haha, I thought it lightened things up a little! :) xo

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  8. Eeek! I've been blogging on and off for years on various different URLS and always used the Google Reader as a way to keep up with the blogs that I love. Now that I'm throwing myself into blogging again it looks like I'm going to have to sign up to a few of these sites to reach more readers.

    Thanks for the information on different sites Sophia! :)

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    1. You're welcome Emma :) I hope you find the perfect site for you! xo

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  9. This is such a pain. I started following all blogs on Bloglovin' ages ago so removed them all from my Google Reader. Then a while back I decided I preferred Google Reader and have been in the process of switching them back there, That was a waste of time, back to Bloglovin' I go! x

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    1. Well at least Bloglovin' have made it as easy as possible now to just download your reading list! :) xo

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