Math = Love: Bloglovin (And a Google Reader Rant)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bloglovin (And a Google Reader Rant)


Sorry for the rant you're about to read.  Google Reader has been gone for ages.  But, I still miss it.  

Every.  Single.  Day.    

Why Google?  Why?  Why did you have to take away something that worked so well for so many people?

When something was part of your daily life for so long, life without it is just not the same.  I tried to fill the void with The Old Reader.  And, it worked to some degree.  

Then, this week happened.  A nice little bar popped up at the top of my Old Reader Window.

You are currently using 623 of the 100 subscriptions available for your plan.  You should consider an upgrade to premium.


They were now offering a premium version.  I usually ignore these things.  Except this time, they weren't really giving me a choice.  I either had to upgrade to premium and pay them $60/year to keep up with all of my favorite math teacher blogs OR I had to choose only 100 blogs to subscribe to.  When you currently subscribe to 623 blogs, that is a definite problem.  

So, once again, I'm changing feed readers.  I'm trying something new.  It's painful.  

I'm hoping I love Bloglovin.  We'll see...



17 comments:

  1. I love Bloglovin!! I have an add-on to Chrome to tell me when there's been new posts, plus I have the apps for my phone and iPad.

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    1. I didn't realize there was an add-on. I'm going to have to look into this! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. You might consider tiny-tiny rss (tt-rss.org). I use tt-rss running on my own home mac as my feed aggregator. It works quite well. It takes more work to set up than bloglovin or the old reader, but I am in complete control, and there are no fees or ads, of course. The set-up would be easier on a linux computer than a mac, probably. It's not supported on windows.

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    1. Wow! This is over my head, but I hope it might help someone who is more tech-savvy than me. I don't know the first thing about Mac or Linux... I'm glad that you've found something that works for you, though. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I feel your pain! I suffered through similar grief when Feed Demon began to slow down my PC as it began to show its age. I tried Feedly, which many people recommend, but the picture friendly format slowed down my smartphone and on the PC it wouldn't let me add new feeds after I imported the old feeds from Feed Demon. Checked out Bloglovin's website and it looks great, but I worry with its similar picture-focused design that I may have similar smartphone issues so for now I'm thinking I will stay with g2reader (fingers crossed!).

    Glenn
    Blog:
    autismplusmath
    Latest post:
    Math teachers, start baking your Pi Day pies early
    http://autismplusmath.blogspot.com/2014/02/math-teachers-start-baking-your-pi-day.html

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    1. Yeah, it's taking a lot longer for things to load on Bloglovin than they did with The Old Reader. I'm trying to force myself to give it more than a day before I switch again, though. :) If you've found something that works for you, stick with it! I'll keep g2reader in mind if I decide to switch again!

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  5. I hardly even remember Reader anymore!! Bloglovin despite its corny name is really good!

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    1. I'm hoping I like it. So far, I only know that it's different than what I'm used to. I have to keep reminding myself that different isn't necessarily bad!

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  6. I'm finding feedly to be my reader of choice. I also have bloglovin but rarely go there.

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    1. I'll keep feedly in mind if I can't get the hang of bloglovin. I just hate change. lol

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  7. Hi Sarah

    I too lament Gogle Reader


    I used Feedly but it kept crashing on my 1st edition iPad. I would love an iPad Air but I am a poor teacher? The crunch came when they put out an update that crashed as soon as I tried to load it. I have been trying out Newsify and really like it

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that misses Google Reader!

      I've got mixed feelings about bloglovin' so far. It's not as terrible as I expected, but I'm getting a lot of DNS error issues while using the site. I don't know if it's a bloglovin' problem or a Google Chrome problem. I do know it's very annoying, though.

      I may have to look into Newsify if my problems persist. I'm glad you've found something that seems to be working for you!

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  8. I'd like to recommend InoReader. It's very similar to Google Reader and the Old Reader. You can have unlimited subscriptions for free. No need to download anything.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! If bloglovin' doesn't work out for me, I'll be sure to check into InoReader. It sounds like it has everything I'm looking for!

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  9. I registered for all three of the ones mentioned. I've stuck with Feedly and while the picture focus can be a bit of an issue, I've changed the settings to just show me titles so that pictures do not slow the read. Bloglovin seemed to have a lag time for me.

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    1. I'm about ready to give up on bloglovin myself. I keep getting a silly DNS error message that makes me have to constantly refresh the page. Uggghhh...So frustrating. Is it too much to ask for a RSS reader that works efficiently all the time???

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