Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Leap of Faith

I'm sure most of you were impacted recently by the demise of Google Reader.  I tested out a few alternative readers earlier this year and finally settled on Bloglovin' to aggregate the 130+ blogs I read.  If you haven't checked it yet, I encourage you to give it a try.

Now Google is going to be doing away with Feedburner, a service that both enables readers to easily subscribe to blogs via email or blog reader, and provides detailed subscriber activity to blog owners such as myself.

If you are subscribed to my blog and getting email updates, you'll eventually stop getting updates, if you haven't already, when Feedburner goes away. I recommend you subscribe via Bloglovin'.

Otherwise, for those of you who don't have your own blogs, Feedburner's demise will be transparent.  For those of us who do, however, it means either finding an alternative (such as FeedBlitz), or simply not giving a toss anymore about subscriber activity.  Seeing as nearly every alternative will cost the blog owner (Feedburner has been free), I'll be in that latter group of blog owners who decide not to attempt to manage subscribers.

The alternative services all provide a lot more than just counting blog subscribers; they give the ability to send emails to subscribers...something I've always stayed away from because I think it's invasive to assume that just because you read my blog you also want to get emails from me promoting stuff.

In any event, if you haven't yet subscribed to this blog, or you are subscribed via email (via Feedburner) there's a new link on my sidebar to do so via Bloglovin'.  If you don't already have a Bloglovin' account, it's a snap to set up and easy to use.

7 comments:

girlunwinding said...

I'm lovin Bloglovin and am not missing Google Reader one little bit. I switched months ago when I found out GR was closing. I jumped ship immediately so I would have time to find a good fit for my next reader and Bloglovin fit the bill right away. Hope your subscribers find you with no problems.
~Dawn

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Wow -- this isn't good news. I know a lot of folks subscribe to my blog via email too. I hope I can figure out how to link BlogLovin to mine too....I am challenged...thanks for telling us....

The Idaho Beauty said...

I've settled on bloglovin' too but still miss google and the old reader - both had features that made reading the blogs I follow easier and quicker. But no use whining. I haven't added the bloglovin' link to my sidebar yet - guess I should do that.

Peggy Lynn said...

As a non-bloggin' individual, but an avid reader of blogs, I very much appreciate your attitude about sending emails! You are right-on-the-mark. Thank you.

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

Oh no! This is the first I've heard about Feedburner too. That's so annoying... to say the least.

Rayna said...

Yikes! I have lots of Google Reader subscribers and never heard a thing about it. My sign-up is with Feedblitz since day one but I haven't heard about it not being free from now on. Just in case, thanks for the Bloglovin' heads up.

Your workshop sounds like a lot of fun, but yes, teaching is tiring. Will miss seeing you when I am in northern CA.
xoxo

Meg Fowler said...

Oh no! Does this mean that I no longer get my blogs in my email??? I'm so computer illiterate!!! I always forget to read the ones in Google Reader. Does Bloglovin work the same way? If so, that probably means I'll miss reading all these blogs I've bee lovin!!!