The apocalypse is upon us. By “us” I mean those of us who use Google Reader. And the apocalypse, of course, is the fact that Google Reader is going away on Monday (July 1). If you’re a Google Reader user and you haven’t already made plans to move to another platform, you need to act fast if you want to continue getting feeds from your favorite blogs. So for you procrastinators, here are some of the better options for surviving the apocalypse.
Many of you don’t care about any of this because you don’t use Google Reader. If that’s because you already use another option, great. But, if you’re one of those who doesn’t really have a good way of organizing your online reading, you should check out these options as well. Randomly clicking around the internet can be fun at times (and rather disturbing), but all of these methods will be more useful for staying current with your favorite blogs. (And by “favorite,” I pretty much just mean mine.)
Option 1: Subscribe by Email
For many, a simple email subscription is the best approach. You probably use email extensively already, and it’s pretty easy to set up most email programs to handle the notifications. As a bonus, you’ll never have to worry about your subscriptions again. Unlike Google Reader, I’m pretty sure that no one will figure out a way of shutting down email. (But wouldn’t it be great if they did!)
On most blogs, just look for an email subscription box somewhere. Mine’s in the right-hand sidebar. Enter your email address, look for the confirmation email, and you’re all set.
(As a bonus, if you subscribe to my blog anytime this week, I’ll use my special dean-hotline-to-heaven and put in a good word for you. My dean powers expire at the end of the month, though, so this is a limited time offer.)
Option 2: Use an Alternate RSS Reader
Current Google Reader users will probably opt for another RSS Reader, and the most popular alternative has undoubtedly been Feedly. (That’s what I switched to.) But, if you’re looking for more choices, you should check out 12 Google Reader Alternatives.
Option 3: Make My Blog Your Home Page
This is the option you go with if you’ve decided to ditch all of those other blogs and just visit mine every time you start your web browser. Hard to argue with that.
Those are your three best options for surviving the imminent death of Google Reader. I hope you make it through and that I see you again on the other side.