Over the last couple of days, after I read a good dozen blogs and the fact that evidently Google has decided that for us who follow their Google Reader, it's now going to be defunct [dropped entirely] as of July 1st of this year! So, in the interim, I've subscribed to BlogLovin and had my blogs that I follow transferred from Google Reader to my new account, and added the subscribe button for anyone to continue following me if they choose. You'll find the link on my right sidebar. It's okay, but I'm not all that impressed with it for now. Last night in fact I could not get into the login...and I found out that there was too great an influx of those that decided to carry on with the Reader and transfer their followed blog list to BlogLovin, which made their servers go berserk! I'm sure that in the future this would be a hindrance all too often. Altho, it may improve after July....who knows. Thing is, I have to go out and login to THAT site in order to read the blogs I choose to follow. That, in itself, is an annoying extra step to have to take. Especially when I'm logged into my own blog admin in another window. So, I have to then bounce back and forth. AND!!!---if anyone wishes to continue following me, they would have to subscribe to the very same. Blah, blah, blah. Again, too much hassle. So, when I went out to read some more this morning...I found one that works with my browser, Firefox. It's an add-on extension. And it works wonderfully for what I want and expect in performance. Afterall, I AM using Firefox from the get-go, and all I have to do is check the tools/add-ons and voilà...my blogs I'm following is right there; handy for ME. It seems to be, for a Firefox user, much more user friendly.
Google's excuse to discontinue the Reader is for the fact, or so we're told, that the Reader isn't as active as once was. I'm sure they're doing this to push upon us Google Plus which I feel is nothing better that Facebook and Twitter...more a social networking kinda style I detest. All I want to do is read blogs, not really do much networking with a bunch I don't really know that well. Y'know? There are several options out there. I've only experienced the two mentioned above...BlogLovin and FEEDLY for Firefox browsers. Of those two, Feedly has what I want, hands down. If you're interested, and use Firefox faithfully, the steps to take are TOOLS/add-ons/ --- you'll then be at your Firefox add-ons manager page. From there, in the top right hand corner, there is a 'search all add-ons' [with a magnifying glass icon...type in Feedly, and do your thing, transferring your Google Reader list!! Once you get Feedly up on your browser window, just add it to your add-ons folder. You may have to reboot Firefox, before the blogs you follow show up.
as on the sidebar, BlogLovin has you claim your blog with publishing their code.
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