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: