Feedly: Yes I Was Wrong

Feedly News Reader

I admit it. I was wrong. (Shocking. ;-))

Ever since Google announced the end of Google Reader friends have been urging me to give Feedly a chance.

Well, I did. My Google Reader feeds took forever to load. There was no way I could put up with that. Feedly was horrible, I decided.

Several people pointed out that with millions of GReader users looking for an alternative just after the news broke that GReader was dead, Feedly might be just a little overloaded.

OK, that sounded reasonable. I decided that I’d try Feedly again, once all the initial angst over the end of GReader died down.

I tried it again today… and it’s FAST and beautiful. My feeds are all there, and they’re easier to navigate than they ever were on GReader. I love Feedly’s “Today” page too, it makes updates much more visible.

Gizmodo says of Feedly:

Feedly sucks up your RSS feeds from Google Reader and spits them back out into a lovely, bright, magazine-style interface that’s as intuitive as it is clean.

Agreed. However, if you read the comments to the above Gizmodo article, you’ll see that not everyone agrees with the “Feedly is WONDERFUL” point of view. Many people don’t. That’s OK. GReader isn’t 100% wonderful either.

After half an hour of tinkering with Feedly — figuring out how to get feeds into it, and working out ways to integrate it into my workflow, I started looking for the manual — the Help files. Here’s the Feedly blog.

These tips are useful to help you to get started with Feedly.

If you’re coming to Feedly from GReader, be aware that your tinkering in Feedly is applied to GReader:

Tip #2 – Define and re-order categories | The feedly “organize sources” page allow you to group sources in categories. You can also change the order of the categories in the navigation bar [Note: if you are a Google Reader user, please note that the changes you make to feedly will also be applied to Google Reader].

I haven’t tried Feedly on iOS yet; one step at a time. I use Reeder on the iPad and iPhone. I’ll be happy to get Feedly integrated with the rest of my apps for now.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

Will Your Site Die With Google Reader?

Death of Google Reader

If you’re a Web publisher, or do content marketing, some of your website’s traffic comes from Google Reader. Sadly, Google Reader is going away. Soon — on July 1, to be precise.

That’s a worry. What will happen to all those readers who find you via your RSS feed? They may not use Reader directly, but many news readers depend on Google Reader. My own preferred reader, Reeder, certainly does.

When Reader goes, your readers will still get their news fix, but their new news reader may not list your blog.

Check your traffic logs. How much traffic do the news readers send you?

Your traffic might collapse in July. As What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back? | TechCrunch points out:

“As my site has grown, Reader has become an increasingly important way for people to read my site. And it has clearly driven a lot of that growth. That all ends this coming July.”

As many people have pointed out, there’s always email.

Convince your readers to subscribe to your email list

Encourage subscriptions. The challenge is that we all get too much email already, so few people will sign up. I don’t need any more email either. I stuff most of my email in a To Read (one day) folder. We’re all busy.

Is there another solution? Share yours, please.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

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Bloglines Closes: bye bye now


If you’re a Bloglines user, as I was, it’s time to make other arrangements for your RSS feeds. Bloglines is closing on October 1.

Sad. Although Bloglines has had its problems in recent years, I’ve been a user since the site launched. I’ll miss it, because visiting my feeds on Bloglines became a habit.

The Ask.com Blog: Bloglines Update says:

“… plenty of people are still RSS aggregator-faithful, and Bloglines was lucky enough to be the news aggregator of choice for many of them. I want to thank these users for their support through the years. We are posting notification today, providing a three -week period to export feeds to another service – more detail and instructions can be found on the Bloglines website.”

So, export your feeds, and import them into the reader of your choice. For me, it’s NetNewsWire.

Thanks to IAC To Shut Down Bloglines for the tip.