Thursday, June 6, 2013

Important changes to Blogger that 97.3% of you already know by now

Hi Friends!! As most of you likely know by now, Google Reader is going kaput on July 1st. As in, bye-bye, see you never again.

This doesn’t mean anything changes on YOUR blog – everything stays the same. What changes is that you will lose the blogs you follow via Google Reader (and they will lose you if they follow you that way) unless you migrate your followers to another site.  Most people are doing this through BlogLovin. I did it yesterday and it literally took me five minutes. Easy as pie! 

They will automatically transfer your Google Reader and GFC list over so you can keep getting updates from your favorite bloggers.

Bloglovin will also send you an email update every night (if you wish) with all the current blog posts.

So if you’re looking for a Google Reader alternative, hop on over to bloglovin through this link

My bloglovin’ link is directly to your left. No…your other left. 

98 comments:

  1. I'm using both Bloglovin' and Feedly. (Although Feedly is winning at the moment.) I'd already hooked up Linky Followers last year and can use that as well. Go ahead, Google Reader - implode!

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  2. I didn't know about this until I read your post. Thanks for the heads up, I'm gonna sign up into Bloglovin right now. Thanks Keith:)

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  3. I get updates for the blogs I follow on my dashboard. This won't change, right?

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    1. Weird! Why would they do this?

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    2. Won't change!

      "You've probably seen my twitter feed explode as of late with information on Google Reader. Earlier this week, Google announced that reader would be retired in July. I think there's been some miscommunication that I want to clear up. Google has not announced that they are retiring Google Friend Connect for Blogger users - so worry that GFC will disappear on July 1st can be put on hold. Google Reader and your Blogger Reading List are two separate things. When you click to "join this site" or follow a blog via GFC it automatically adds that blog to your Blogger Reading List and Google Reader. Google Reader is pretty much a place where you can follow blogs via RSS feed. The Blogger blog list is similar but different. The Blogger Reading List is Bloggers way of following blogs and there's been no announcement as of yet that says they plan to discontinue this. So, what will change? The only thing that will change is that you will no longer be able to follow blogs via Google Reader. You will not lose your GFC widget or your Blogger Reading List."

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    3. Well that's awesome then!! So our dashboards will still show the posts of the blogs we follow?

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    4. Yep, but I am hearing it is going to be the next thing to go, but for now it should be good.

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    5. Great! This answers a lot of my questions. Thanks.

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    6. yea i am always using the dashboard to check up on blogs that i follow.

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    7. A lot of people have been confused over this - I don't use google reader myself but will people who use Wordpress still be able to see Blogger posts?

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  4. Oh boy. I'm not good with blogger changes. I will try your suggestion and pray I can follow the directions. :) Thanks!

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  5. Glad to see you on BlogLovin, I have a much easier time keeping up with the blogs I follow on there!

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  6. GFC is NOT going anywhere, yet, at least. Blogs will still update just fine in your blogroll come july 1. So google reader can die all it likes, never used it anyway.

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    1. See there's conflicting information on that then - I read another blog post recently that linked to an article talking about Google Reader and GFC both going away. I hope you're right!

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    2. Good, because I don't understand it anyway. LOL

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  7. Thank you for that information :)

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  8. Thanks for the info! I'll have to check out that link.

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  9. Well, I didn't know of this, so thanx for the heads up.

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  10. I am on BLoglovin and I have you on mine - the only problem is from now until you go over and use it - if you add on GFC they don't update it like Feedly does which I think is harder to use. So just bring over all your new ones from this date until the blog reader is closed. Sandie

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  11. I would just stick with my blogger list but I use Reader to keep track of things other than blogs. If BlogLovin can do that then I'll be happy to use it. If not I'll just use the Blogger Dashboard to keep up with blogs.

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  12. thanks so much, I'm not current with these changes at all. Will try this.

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  13. Feedly has been working great for me, but I don't like it for my iPad. I am using FeeddlerPro for that and I understand since they get their updates directly from GR that it will cease to function as is. Supposedly the developer is working on an update. At this point I'm really frustrated with the Google brand and worried about Blogger.

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  14. I've never understood what the change really means, but I've already joined Bloglovin' to take care of whatever I'm supposed to be losing.

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  15. I never fully recovered when AOL dumped us from Blogland and now Google Reader is going kaput! I don't know what the hell is going on, but - of course - I pretend like I do....
    Thanks for the info.
    (I looked to my left and saw your Bloglovin' link. I'll have to try it)

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  16. Guess it's time for me to move on to something new then. Maybe next week. Thanks for the tip.

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  17. I've been doing things really inefficiently actually...simply going down my list of blogs I follow and visiting those that post within the last day or so. I am amazed blogger hasn't come up with a better idea than using other services...why don't they have one native to blogger I wonder.

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  18. Thanks for this, Keith. I've been putting off doing anything, and I didn't know what to switch to. I'll try the BlogLovin' switch tonight.

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  19. thanks for the heads up...i have yet to make the move but guess i need to do it soon...every year google/blogger tweak and make it that much harder...

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  20. Oh Keith I so have to get on this I really am a procrastinator. I will try your bloglovin site hopefully tomorrow I will get it down. Why is life so busy?:) Thankyou. B

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  21. I have had weird stuff happen with Google changes in the past and at least this time I'm aware, thanks for sharing Keith

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  22. i switched to feedly and am very happy with it.

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  23. I like Feedly better and I've got you in there. I'll be following you right along.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  24. I'm using GFC and have tried Feedler which is apparently different from Feedly (?) I'm so confused. I just want one place that provides a feed - no email - I really don't want any more emails... argh

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  25. I am using FEEDLY, which I like because I can also use it on iPad and iPhone. It is user friendly. I haen't used Google Blogger in a month.

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  26. I'm glad I never used google reader because I'd be in a tizzy right now! I use the blogger dashboard reader (not really sure what it's called...) for the blogs I follow and comment on through GFC and I do follow a few on bloglovin. Also I follow a few through email but I try to cut down on the emails I have to weed through. Thanks for the reminder!

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  27. Almost as soon as I started using Google Reader they put out the notice saying it was ending, so I switched to bloglovin. I like it so far.

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  28. Seems you have to be on facebook in order to join Bloglovin' ... hate face book ... will never join ...

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  29. Iam not even sure what google reader is. Blaah. Still learning here.
    lol.

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  30. 'No…your other left.'

    :)

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  31. Hey Keith, I think the updates will still appear on the dashboard. They are getting rid of Google Reader, not Google Friend Connect. Not for now anyway. I would not use Bloglovin' since I don't like Facebook. I refuse to use Twitter, too. Life is too precious to be spending too much time on the computer or smart phone. Hope you get out and enjoy the day :)

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  32. Thanks Keith! Every day, something new to learn!

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  33. I used to use Google Reader but now I just made another blog where I just have blogs I follow.

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  34. Okay, I need to look into this, then. You say it's easy. I would happily delete everything if I had the choice. I don't like how blogger is working and changing, but I love blogging too much so I'm not going to quit. Thanks for this.

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  35. *blinks* How did you know I headed due right after that directive?

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  36. I never used the reader, and this shocks people, I don't know why. It is just so easy to go down my sidebar and comment, without the need of any program to do it for me. Changes like this make me nervous, I hope Blogger does not go away.

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  37. Well, I'm in the 2.7% who has known nothing about this! Were to have received some sort of notification?

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  38. Keith, I'm clueless here. There's a column on my dashboard that is headed "Reading list | All blogs". It has current pics and text snippets of blogs I follow. I click on them to visit the site. Is that going away? I used to have a thing called "Google Reader" that had whole texts and was accessible from my Gmail. Haven't been able to find that for a month or two, but seldom used it when I could. Figured that's all I was losing. Is this something more?

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    1. According to my blogging friend Patt, that is not going away yet - though it may be in the future. So we should still see the blogs on our dashboard for now.

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  39. I am glad GFC isn't going anywhere yet... I am going to save my fave blogs in an excel format ... I would hate to lose some of my fave blog links... some of my personal faves might blog only a couple of times a year, I would hate to miss them:) I have Bloglovin:)

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  40. Huh. I'm not sure if I get exactly what's happening, since I don't use Google Reader. When I follow a new blog, I add them to the Blog Roll widget on my sidebar -- and that's how I follow blogs. They appear on the blog roll, and I pick which ones I want to read.

    If all my followers disappear or my blog roll goes empty, then I guess I will wish I was paying attention to all this ... :D

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  41. I refuse to live in fear of losing my blogger friends....where there is a will there is a way :)

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  42. Good deal! I am following you on there and I have added a button to my blog, woohoo!

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  43. I'm not a huge fan of change, so I'm hoping Pat is right about the dashboard blog roll staying as is. (for now)

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  44. Thanks for the information Keith. I hope I can get it all figured out. :-)

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  45. I've also heard good things about Feedly. although as I don't use a RSS feed or reader at this point the changes don't really effect me :)

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  46. Done and done! Thanks for the info. Hope you'll follow me back as well. Although I do know where you live on Facebook... Mwahahahaha!

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  47. You're so kind to tell all this:).Thank youh!:D

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  48. They always have to go and screw with a good thing

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  49. Thanks Keith. I am using bloglovin now.

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  50. Many thanks Keith. I am using bloglovin now.:)

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  51. I use FeedDemon for feeds :)
    keeps me updated in real time :P

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  52. Hm,thanks Keith for reminding us of this.It sure is something I've got to check!
    Many greetings :o)...

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  53. I'm glad the dashboard won't change. That's what I use to keep up-to-date. Phew!

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  54. Following you on bloglovin now :)

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  55. ok- I'm in the dark- what is Google Reader?

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  56. Thanks for this information! I had no idea! All done now! :) Happy weekend everyone!

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  57. Thanks. I guess I am out of the loop and would have been lost.

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  58. I don't understand any of it, but I have followed all my blogs on bloglovin and put the symbol up on mine. Now all I have to do is hope for the best!

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  59. I don't use Google Reader, so I'm not affected.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  60. As long as they leave my blog alone, I'm not really bothered. Thanks a lot for the info.

    Greetings from London.

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  61. As long as I can see the posts in my dashboard, I am fine then ~ Thanks for the info Keith ~

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  62. LOL - I'm forever getting my left and right mixed up. Always have. Always will. Just not every time.

    I need to check out bloglovin'.

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  63. Sometime pointed this out to me about a month ago, but I don't use the Reader... the blogs I "follow" appear on my dashboard on the left side (the Blog Roll, as someone put it).

    I would be extremely upset if Google stopped blogger entirely, which I hope will never happen. It shouldn't, there are so many people using blogspot. It would be horrible if that discontinued. :(

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  64. Good tip! I know a lot of folks are using Feedly. I need to take time to compare.

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  65. Yeah, I've been pretty torn up about this one. Would it kill Google just to keep it up? (That's right google, I'm talking to you! Grr...) =)

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  66. Noted, Keith. However, you have "follow by email" application on your site which I subscribe to. It makes it easy to notice when a posting is up.

    I would ask folks to stop using the Google+ application. I click on a lot of folks' icon to get to their blog and I go on the mystery tour which is most time consuming.

    Good weekend to you.

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  67. I definitely have you on my Bloglovin!!! =) I look for your new posts every week!!! =)

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  68. Seems to be the choice a lot of bloggers are making, going to Bloglovin.

    I'm reverting back to my "old" method of blog visiting, via my blogroll and returning comments from my 4 blogs. It worked before!

    Happy Week Keith!

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  69. I'm following you now on BlogLovin'. I didn't know you could transfer your Google readers over. I'm going to go check that out. Thanks for the FYI.

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  70. Great conversation here, thanks for bringing this up. I don't use Google reader myself but realize this is problematic for many. I've been hearing news of Feedburner kicking it pretty soon too, that will be trouble. I'm intending to start a Facebook page to give people another way to reach me but curious about all the other services available.

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  71. I am following you on bloglovin. I have to see how to transfer my google reader over. Thanks for the heads up!

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  72. I have downloaded the blogger list. But I don’t believe anything could be easily like the google reader connected with google account we use for many activities

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  73. I need to add you on bloglovin. Will have to wait until next week though. :)

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  74. well poop! just when I was getting good at it! So glad I read this..I have been rather absent as of late...to pretty outside!

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  75. Thanks for the heads up Keith...although I am so tech dumb...I have no idea what Google reader is...guess I'll have to research that one...oops.

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  76. Yep I knew that. I'll have to get that button up. I'm on there though.

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  77. Ugh. That's kind of inconvenient... maybe I'll make a bloglovin'. Maybe...

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  78. Reading the comments was very helpful, thank you for bringing this topic up, Keith. And I follow you on Bloglovin, too:)Love your blog and that your posts makes me think.

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  79. Thank you for this Keith. Life as it is has temporarily got in the way of blogging and so not long read this helpful post - now signed up!

    Thanks again.
    Anna :o]

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