A Review of A Few Blog Readers

Well, my trusty old Google Reader is shutting down.  I am sure many of you have already heard the news that Google Reader is being phased out of use so it's time to find a new way to follow all of your favorite blogs.  There are quite a few different options to choose from:  Bloglovin', Feedly, Flipboard, Pulse to name a few.  And all 4 of these options are well designed ways of viewing your favorite blogs & their latest posts.  The only thing is that for me, aesthetics have 0% to do with how I read my favorite blogs.  I very much appreciate a well designed blog, but when it comes to following blogs, marking posts that I love that I want to come back to and having a super quick way for me to scan through blogs I follow is what matters most to me, not how the new posts are laid out.  I loved using Google Reader because I could keep tons of folders of blogs and could sort through them super quickly, I could tag things easily and quickly, and I could browse through new posts really quickly.

FLIPBOARD:  I have tried Flipboard, and it is laid out in a very pretty way.  But I think the layout is almost too distracting for me.  I like flipping through blog posts in a more "data intake" sort of way rather than as if I were soaking up the pages of a beautiful magazine.  And I think it is only available as an app for iPhones & iPads.  Though I do have an iPhone & iPad, I only like browsing blogs on my laptop.

FEEDLY:  I mostly like how Feedly is laid out online, it is almost as organized as I want it to be in the way I like it to read.  The nice thing though is that you can import your Google Reader folders into Feedly with ease.  And it even imported the posts I had tagged as "read later/come back to" from when I had tagged them in Google Reader.  I don't like that it features posts & blogs that I don't even follow at the top of the page sometimes.  But other than that, I think I may like this option the best of all.  And it is available online on your computer & on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, & Androids.

BLOGLOVIN':  Bloglovin' is pretty well organized with simple folders on the left side like Google Reader, but I don't like that I have to judge by the first photo of each post as to whether I want to click through to each individual blog itself to read the full post.  It feels like a big time waster to me having to click through & out of Bloglovin' to be redirected to each individual blog I follow to read a post.  Lord knows I always already have too many tabs open on my browser.  Bloglovin' is available online on your computer & in app form on iPhone & iPad.

PULSE:  I kind of like Pulse' layout, but I haven't been able to find a way to import all of my millions of folders from Google Reader to Pulse & I honestly don't want to have to search for every single blog I follow through Pulse to import each one by one.  I'm also not a huge fan of the layout, it feels very geared towards a more manly design aesthetic with a blackish grey background.  I'm not sure if it is available in app form but it is online.

So all in all, I would recommend probably Feedly beyond anything based on my personal preferences.  But I have noticed a TON of my followers are switching over to Bloglovin'.  So if you'd like to follow me on either or any of these apps, just search for Moorea-Seal.com.  For Bloglovin' you can just find me here.  And below are a few other options for subscribing to my blog:


Gae said...

Being new to blogs, I just started one called Blogger Dashboard simply because it was the first thing that popped when I wanted to make a link and couldn't. Any opinions on Blogger Dashboard?

Mari Adkins said...

I like Feedly. :)

Allyson said...

Have you tried the bloglovin frame? If you haven't tried it, go to your settings and the very last choice is to use or not use the frame. One you activate the frame, you click the first new post in your queue, and it opens ONE new tab. You can click through all the new posts, like posts, etc, in the same tab, all while viewing each blog post on the person's site. I love bloglovin for this reason and love that I can categorize all the blogs I follow too, so if I only want to read my favorites, I don't have to click through all the others to get to them. I didn't realize I was this excited about it! Haha.


danica said...

The bloglovin' frame is a lifesaver and makes it so easy to go through recent posts from the blogs I follow. It's what I'm using right now! :)

Angel Y. | Static-Romance said...

I think Feedly has supported my GR needs thus far but they do have quite a few glitches (sharing disabled, posts not loading, unable to find feeds from sites) that are a little annoying. I tried The Old Reader in hopes it would be great but I didn't like it at all. Great reviews! Thank you for sharing.

Noor said...

Feedly has been a favorite of mine as well.

Tink said...

I know you wrote you read on your laptop your blogs. Maybe you could change that in change for having a ton of options and almost the same as Google reader lay-out?

I read my blogs on my iPad with an app called mr.Reader. It's from a German developer who is very active in updating the app and listening to his users. It took me a long time before I found this reader for iPad. I don't like fancy in apps over function.

Of course we as users all panicked, but the developer was quick to assure s he was working very hard to find another feeder for mr.Reader so that nothing would change and we could still use our lovely app.
Maybe you want to check out this app and see if you could like reading your blogs on your iPad?
http://www.curioustimes.de/mrreader/faq/index.html there is also a petition link to ask Google to keep reader alive.

Hope you find this useful.