If you haven't heard by now, Google Reader has sadly gotten the boot. Like disowning a child, they have kicked it to the curb and will be letting it die on the streets come July 1st. Though they haven't been specific, I'm betting money that Google Friend Connect is peacing out as well... booo!
I was following the uproar on Twitter last night, and I completely understood everyone's frustration. I saw others making fun of the reactions (#calmyourself), but I'm sorry - it's kind of a big deal!
Lots of bloggers have focused on making Google Reader and GFC the #1 way to follow, especially with giveaways. There is a lot of time and money that go into those. Some say it's just a number, and sure, I believe that to an extent, but to me that number showed how many people along the way I've been able to reach in one way or another. It may not be the number of active readers I have (not by a longshot), but it's been a way for me to measure overall success.
But, after the initial shock drained out and I realized there's nothing I can do about it, I decided to shift my attitude a bit. Here are a few reasons why I'm starting not to care...
Will I miss Google Reader?To be honest, I stopped using Google Reader a long time ago. In the beginning I used it all the time, but the more bloggers I met and followed, the more overwhelming it got, and consequently I let it get out of control. For a while now I've only been following to support the blogger and during giveaways - that's about it.
What reader have I been using?None. Nowadays I read through returning comments and social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram mostly. Consequently, I've lost touch with a lot of blogs I actually liked reading but just forgot about, which is really sad.
Will I use another reader?I'm excited to use Bloglovin again! Last night I moved all of my subscriptions over and did a major clean up from 400+ blogs down to 150. I think that's a realistic number I can try to keep up with, and I've already started reconnecting with blogs I've lost touch with. I don't like unfollowing people, but it had to be done.... plus I get unfollowed allllll the time, so I don't feel too bad.
Want to switch too? Katie from Priceless Adventure has a super easy tutorial on how to move your subscriptions from Google Reader to Bloglovin.