Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Take Me With You!!

Raise your hand if you are reading this right now with Google Reader.

Ok, so I can't see any hands because this is a blog and I'm writing this a couple days before it actually show up on your computer screen so really that was pretty dumb on my part to start this post that way.

Why do you even read this stuff?

Quite frankly, I have no idea why most of you read my little blog.  I know that some of you stick around just to see cute photos of the boys (Grandmas, I'm looking at you) and I'm fairly certain there's a good deal of folks who are here mostly for Project Life goodies.

No matter what brought you to my little corner of the Internet, I am so glad you're here.  The thing is, I would kind of like you to stay here.  Or rather, I would like for you to bring me with you when Google Reader goes bye bye.

As of July 1st, Google Reader will be no more.  So if you're one of the lovely folks who uses this little gem to read this here blog, can I take the liberty of lighting a virtual fire under your butt to figure out what you're going to do so you can still keep up with all the stuff you read online?

I've tried out Feedly and I know several people are really digging that platform.  It just didn't work for me from a design standpoint.  I had a hard time quickly scrolling to see what posts I wanted to read like right now versus what I wanted to save for later. 

For the past couple months, I've been using Bloglovin' as my new blog reader and I totally LOVE it.  I like how I can see a nice big picture and a little snippet from each post so I can preview it quickly and decide whether I want to read it immediately or wait until later.  You can categorize your blogs and see everything easily at a glance and I like that when I click on the preview for a post, it takes me to the actual blog post live on the site so I can still see video content, linkys (linkies?), and any other script content that Google Reader sometimes had trouble with.  Plus, it's just nice to be able to actually see the pretty designs that bloggers put time and money into, you know?

Here's how to get it set up.  There's a great post HERE on how to move your Google RSS feeder to Bloglovin'.  It really takes a matter of minutes to set up and you'll be good to go when Reader sleeps with the fishes next week.  You can also click the Bloglovin' button you see below to quickly follow Arena Five.

Follow on Bloglovin

I hope you'll take a couple moments to make the switch so you don't miss anything.  Remember, Google Reader is gone as of July 1st!

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