The online world gasped when Google announced that it was phasing out Google Reader. Everyone asked why? and some are still wondering. As often with relationships though, sometimes there is no good answer. Google Reader is walking out the door and we’d just best get on with our lives and move on.
I know some of you have dealt with it by doing it the new hairstyle, image change way, and have switched to shiny, fresh-looking Feedly. Others have gone for stability and familiarity and have jumped into the arms of Bloglovin’. Others have stubbornly refused to upgrade, and The Old Reader has got you. These three seem to be the favourites among bloggers that I follow.
For now, I’m simply adding everything to the distinctly function-light WordPress Reader that I didn’t really use in the past. I’m still a bit bewildered that Google wants to deprive me of a feature that just did what it says on the tin. No frills, no sparkly buttons or chirpy graphics. I loved Google Reader because it let me see your posts clearly and independently. It didn’t try to airbrush a brand over the top of them so that they look like they are all in the same magazine or frame them in a community of blogs which is kind of what WordPress does as well (not that community isn’t a good thing).
Life goes on. It’s funny how easily we get used to things though, and take it for granted that they will stick around.
Dear Google Reader, I’m glad we met, and I’ll remember all those comfortable times we shared, cosily reading through blogs together. Now the time has come to say goodbye, I don’t know where you’re going, but I’m glad to be able to keep reading those blogs. I hope their writers stick around and keep doing what they do so well…
Happy weekend everyone!