Have any of you found a decent replacement for Google Reader? Do y'all even use Google Reader?
For those of you who have no idea what the hell I'm talking about:
Google Reader is a "news reading platform". Which basically means it's a place where you can bookmark all of your favorite blogs and websites. Then they'll keep track of what is read and what is unread and who has posted something new. It's very convenient if you're someone who keeps up with a bunch of blogs.
Which I'm not. I'm supposed to be, since I'm...a blogger. But as all of you who are my fellow bloggers know, I am terrible at keeping up. I'll go through little spurts when I'm super on top of things - reading and commenting like crazy. But then I get distracted (and lazy) and suddenly, I'll go to my Google Reader and they'll say I have 240 unread posts so I just kind of freak out and start hitting "Mark all as Read" and give up.
But since (as many of you already know because of all my whining) I have given up games for Lent, I suddenly have much more time for things such as reading, and I've been trying to be better. Not much better, but a little better.
So the other day, I went to my Google Reader and they say that it's closing on July 1! I don't know why.
I started poking around on the web, and found some alternate sites that I thought I'd try, but I swear, I've never had more trouble doing anything on the computer. This was harder than when I built my little Spin Cycle button thingy, and that just about killed me. This is not a user-friendly deal, y'all!
First, I tried a place called Feedly, which seemed promising because it was so pretty. Much more attractive than Google Reader - sort of looks like you're reading a magazine. At first I thought "fabulous!" because they allowed me to sync my Google Reader subscriptions and "follows" really easily. But then things got wonky. I can't figure out how to add a new website. Yes, I click "Add Website" and a little thingy pops up, but they only let me add their "suggested" websites. And I can't figure out how to edit and delete sites - I can with some, not with others. And for some reason, it lists the blogs I'm following twice - the same blogs twice, like I accidentally duplicated them, but I didn't. I swear. So this is all very frustrating.
Second, I tried The Old Reader, which is billed as being just like what Google Reader used to be, before they "upgraded" it. So I thought it would be easier. Yeah, right. After about an hour, I managed to import my Google Reader contents, via something called an OPML file. Don't ask. I don't even know how I did it, I just kept pushing buttons until something worked. But then...The Old Reader says, "Thank you for uploading your OPML file. We will soon start importing your subscriptions, which might take up to several hours depending on the amount of feeds you have. There are 27177 users in the import queue ahead of you."
Yes, that is right, 27177 users in front of me! It has said this for over 24 hours now. Apparently, everybody is bailing on Google Reader at the same time, and The Old Reader folks weren't prepared for all the traffic. This morning they posted something on the site apologizing, and assuring us that they "were able to ramp up the queue processing speed, so it should move along much faster now." Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.
Then I decided to try NewsBlur (and yes, I am going down a list of "5 Best Google Reader Alternatives"), but after I signed up, they told me that "Due to overwhelming demand, free accounts are temporarily suspended." and then they suggested I go "premium" for $24 a month. %&#$@!
So I've temporarily given up. Does anybody have any ideas?
Oh look, it's now been several hours since I wrote the above, and The Old Reader says I now only have 27014 users in the import queue ahead of me. Woohoo!!! (That was sarcasm)
Oh, by the way...it's my birthday. I realize that by now, most of you have stopped reading this long and boring rant about technical nonsense, so you probably won't read this. How old am I? 143. And I think I'm looking good for my age.