I'm going to start thinking it's me. Every time I like something it gets discontinued. Like L'Oreal Quick Stick foundation makeup. My absolute favorite makeup in the history of the world, and they discontinued it. I have yet to find something that comes close to it. It's been about ten years and I'm still not over it, such was my affection. Also? Maybelline's Lash Expansion mascara. Wonderful stuff. Great brush, lush lashes. Gone. Basis Face Wash. Bye-bye. And now? Google Reader.
I'm sure you've heard by now that Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1. I thought it was a wonderful Google product, and I cannot fathom why they would do away with it, but they are. At least they gave us plenty of time to find other reader services, as well as to alert our followers that things are changing. I don't know if this affects Google Friend Connect and thus what shows up on your Blogger dashboard. I hope not. Anybody know?
Anyhoodle--I've been on the lookout for other reader services that I like and can share with you. You can already follow me via GFC (which will hopefully stay put), or via email. I've got a way for you to follow me via LinkyTools in the sidebar, but I've never checked out that service as a reader (and to be honest I only added it as an option once GFC wasn't going to be available to non-Bloggers). I signed up with Bloglovin' (you can follow me there via the button in the sidebar) but as a reader I'm not entirely thrilled with it. It was insanely easy to import my info from Google so everything shows up nice and tidy. I'm not crazy about the format, though.
So I've tried something else called Feedly. They also make it insanely easy to import the blogs you follow from Google. The reading format is very nice, and their mobile app is glorious (at least on my Android phone it is). Bloglovin' has an iPhone app, and I think I found it on Android but it got very low ratings so I passed on it. The only negative for me (and I'm sure they'll get to it once the mass influx to their site calms down) is that they don't offer a 'follow me' button that you can add to your blog. I like when a blog makes it easy to find a follow option, so I try to provide the same ease to my readers.
Have you been looking into new readers? Anything I haven't mentioned that you think is good?