It was a sad day when Google decided to pull the plug on its feed reader back in July 2013. I had to find a replacement and wanted something similar to Google Reader because I love the simple, no-frills interface. A friend recommended Feedly and I’ve pretty much stuck to using it since then.
I’ve tried many different feed and blog readers in the past, from Bloglines to Bloglovin. But Feedly is a lot easier to use and I follow the specific RSS feed I want without much fuss. Bloglovin tends to pull in user profiles to follow and I just find it a tad bit confusing for my simple brain. Also, I follow many blogs in various topics of interests and Bloglovin doesn’t provide me an option to categorise my feeds. I think it’s more a “social network” feed reader, if that makes sense.
Here’s how I organise my Feedly. I split them into categories, which makes it easier for me to view specific areas at a glance. There is the “Mark as Read” option in each category and it always stays on the page you’re viewing, without the need of scrolling all the way up to mark it. These are the two main features I like about Feedly.
Reading the post is also pretty easy. You can view it within the reader or on the actual post page. There are also options to save, share, send to, or view later, if you like a particular post or if you want to read it offline.
I don’t really do anything fancy with my feed reader and just use it as an area to read posts from blogs I subscribe to. Quite often I will discover new blogs based on Feedly’s suggestions that will pop up in the right corner.
Overall, I have been enjoying Feedly but it did take me about a week to get used to the interface. Google Reader was very straight-forward and yet was a powerful tool in organising and viewing feeds. I’ve dabbled a bit into The Old Reader, which in terms of look and feel is probably closest to Google Reader. But the service is only free for up to 100 feeds and I subscribe to more than that.
Which feed reader do you use and what features do you like about it? Or do you prefer an email subscription so posts are delivered directly to you? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to gather some feedback on how you read blogs.
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