Goodbye Google Reader, Hello A Bunch Of Awesome Alternatives!

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You will know by now that Google Reader bids adieu on Monday, July 1. 

This means, if you subscribe to my blog via RSS and use Google Reader to ‘receive’ this feed, then you will need to move your subscription to another reader. That is, if you wish to continue to read my blog, and I sure hope you do.

There are several options alternate out there. First, I’ll like to point you towards BlogLovin’, which is a nifty site that emails you your daily blog subscriptions. You can also just head to the site to catch up on blog reading there, if that’s your preference. You can go in there and group your subscriptions just as you would with Google Reader. To follow Writing, Wishing, you can click on the button below, or in the sidebar. 

Follow on Bloglovin

Next, is my preferred way to subscribe and read blogs, Feedly. I like it because it’s closer to the Google Reader experience, and it’s so pretty! You can also group the blogs you read any way you like, as you would in Reader. What I really love about Feedly is, you can share posts from there, without clicking out (although some bloggers may be horrified that I just recommended you share without clicking over to the post, thus affecting statistics, but that’s how I roll, just being straight with you!).

Feedly, an alternative to Google Reader

You can create a free account, and it’s an easy one-click to move all your Google Reader feeds over. For future new blog subscriptions, you can click ‘+Add Content’. Easy!

There are also a few more alternatives out there, but I won’t go into them as I haven’t had any personal experience with them. 

If RSS subscription is not your thing, you can subscribe via email: 

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Or like my Facebook page for post updates and other shenanigans:


Or follow me on Twitter:

Or on Pinterest:

See you everywhere, okay?

If you’re a blogger and you’re on BlogLovin’, let me know in the comments so I can add you there!



Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • June 27, 2013 Laura

    I think I follow you everywhere now. Except in real life. You’re way too far away to stalk.
    Laura recently wrote…Book Review: The Comfort of LiesMy Profile

    • June 27, 2013 Alison

      I wish we were closer! Our boys would be such great play mates.

  • June 27, 2013 Ilene

    Thank you for laying out the options. And yes, I’m on bloglovin!
    Ilene recently wrote…The Good NeighborMy Profile

    • June 27, 2013 Alison

      I’ve got you on both BlogLovin’ and Feedly – talk about stalking πŸ˜‰

  • June 27, 2013 Julia

    Thanks for the information I have check out both of these sites.
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    • June 27, 2013 Alison

      Do, Julia!

  • June 27, 2013 Kim

    Great info, Alison! I admit that I haven’t committed to a new reader yet. I resist change in most things – and apparently how I read blogs is no exception, I have set up Feedly and Bloglovin’ – but neither feel comfy yet. I’ll adapt, though – I always do. (Eventually.) πŸ™‚
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    • June 27, 2013 Alison

      You will adapt! I have both but I use Feedly more. Just more intuitive – for me.

  • June 27, 2013 Tamara

    ha! What Laura said – I do follow you everywhere but not real life. I’m here in rainy New England with the photos to prove it. I am on BlogLovin but I’m still not entirely sure what that means. All I know is that an account was made!
    Tamara recently wrote…It’s a Flood or It’s a Drought.My Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      It’s a start! I have you on my list on BlogLovin’. πŸ™‚

  • June 27, 2013 Andrea

    Hi Alison!
    I’m on Bloglovin, since you mentioned it… I’d love it if you’d follow me!

    Have an awesome day!

    Andrea recently wrote…Sneak Peek! Artwork in Progress…My Profile

    • June 27, 2013 Alison

      I’ve gotcha, Andrea!

  • June 27, 2013 Michelle

    I follow you on BlogLovin. It’s great to have some alternatives laid out this way — what would we do without an easy way to get our blog favorites delivered (and organized)?!
    Michelle recently wrote…Buffalo Chicken Dip with Texas Pete’s Buffalo Wing SauceMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for the follow, Michelle!

  • June 28, 2013 Katie

    Oh I’ve got you in my feedly. And my facebook. And my twitters. and my pinterest. Anything else? I probably have you there too.

    I’m such a stalker…er…good bloggy friend πŸ™‚
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Thank you for all the stalkin’ πŸ˜‰

  • June 28, 2013 Tracie

    I have finally decided on Feedly for my new reader. I’ve really been making myself use it this week, and now that I’m sued to it..I might even like it more than Google Reader.
    Tracie recently wrote…I Was An Almost-LibrarianMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      I definitely prefer Feedly to Google Reader!

  • June 28, 2013 Nina

    I love the “see you everywhere” because I usually do follow people everywhere. If it’s someone who doesn’t follow me I end up feeling like a total stalker.

    This is all really helpful! I tend to go through “blog friends” list on Twitter and make my way through everyone’s newest posts. It’s probably not the most effective. I will consider one of your suggestions here. I had not used google reader. Can you believe it!?
    Nina recently wrote…Getting People to Read Your BlogMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      If you have a system that works for you, that’s good enough!

  • June 28, 2013 Jennifer

    I love BlogLovin’. I tried Feedly, but couldn’t get into it.

    Great post!
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Both are great, whatever works for you, Jennifer!

  • June 28, 2013 Christine

    I’m pretty sure that I stalk you everywhere…I’ve been using Feedly too and have been pretty happy with it (and love that I can share from the reader!).
    Christine recently wrote…Yoga for RunnersMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      The sharing thing is super awesome!

  • June 28, 2013 Leslie

    I am so late to the game on switching over. Lately, I’ve just focused on using my blogroll and the SITS roll call…there are so many great blogs over there that I’ve always found something to read. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out.
    Leslie recently wrote…I’m Back!My Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Whatever you feel keeps you best organized! πŸ™‚

  • June 28, 2013 Andrea

    Hee hee hee. Love your FB updates. Just followed you there, too!
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Heh, thanks Andrea!

  • June 28, 2013 Maureen

    Thanks for this list Alison! Feedly looks pretty neat. Off to check it and stalk my favorite blogs πŸ™‚
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      It is pretty awesome!

  • June 28, 2013 Elaine A.

    I thought you had to pay for Feedly for some reason. I don’t use a reader (I know, EGADS!) but I know SO many people do. I did the blog lovin’ thing last week and I guess I need to let people know!

    And of course I will follow you anywhere, my friend… πŸ˜‰
    Elaine A. recently wrote…Talkin’ ’bout my girlMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Thank goodness for free Feedly!

  • June 28, 2013 tracy

    I’ve never set-up a Google Reader, so this whole thing confuses me. I think I follow you everywhere though – like, hi, I’m right outside your window right now. xo
    tracy recently wrote…Why I Still Shop At Abercrombie & FitchMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      I don’t mind at all! Love you. xo

  • June 28, 2013 vanita

    these are awesome mama, thank you. bloglovin i recognize, gotta go check out feedly!
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Let me know how you like it!

  • June 28, 2013 Alexa (katbiggie)

    This is a really great post. I love how easy you made it for everyone to follow you everywhere!! πŸ˜‰
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Just want to make sure I don’t lose anyone πŸ˜‰

  • June 28, 2013 another jennifer

    I’m liking Bloglovin’ right now, but I’ve also heard good things about Feedly. I think I’m following you pretty much everywhere. πŸ™‚
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  • Look at you and all the info … beauty and brains xxxx
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Funny lady.

  • June 29, 2013 Kristin

    ::Sigh:: I should probably stop burying my head in the sand and write a post like this, but I just have so little energy for blogging these days. So, in the words of the great Scarlette O’Hara, “I can’t think about that now. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” And by tomorrow, I of course mean three months from now.

    Maybe four.
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    • June 29, 2013 Kristin

      I can’t believe I just misspelled Scarlett O’Hara. I must now go give myself 40 lashings with a wet noodle.
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      • July 1, 2013 Alison

        Pretty sure that most blog readers will know how to follow their favorites, don’t even worry writing about a post, there are plenty out there, fortunately!

  • June 29, 2013 Jennifer

    I’m mostly using Feedly too. And hey great minds, I wrote about the same thing.

    PS I love the share from Feedly thing too. Shhh.
    Jennifer recently wrote…Saying Goodbye to Google ReaderMy Profile

  • June 29, 2013 Nicole

    Already got you in my Bloglovin’ feed! I’m joining your growing group of stalkers…er, I mean followers!
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you, Nicole!

  • June 29, 2013 Greta

    I guess I have to do this, huh? Well, I don’t “have” to, but I’d probably regret it….even though I haven’t opened my reader in months.
    Greta recently wrote…Dirty GirlsMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      I’m sure you (and your blog readers) will be fine!

  • June 29, 2013 jasi

    i remember absolutely freaking out (inside, of course) at the announcement that google reader was to be ‘no more’. i quickly signed up to bloglovin’ and feedly. it took awhile to get used to either but i find myself subconsciously reaching for feedly. it’s become my favorite and now i can’t even remember why i stuck with such a boring and buggy google reader for so long. =) so it’s a good thing i think. i’m glad you’ve made the transition easily too.

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Feedly is awesome!

  • June 29, 2013 Sue

    Hi stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest.

    I am on bloglovin, but hadn’t heard of feedly – thanks for the info.

    BTW I followed you on bloglovin, twitter & facebook
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the follows, Sue!

  • June 29, 2013 Betty Manousos

    h9 alison,

    thanks for the great info!

    wishing you a wonderful weekend~
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Hope you had a great weekend, Betty!

  • June 30, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I love how you made it all come to life with screen grabs.

    And you know I will follow you everywhere. πŸ™‚
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    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      I appreciate it, Jennie!

  • June 30, 2013 Elizabeth

    So sad about Google Reader. I’m still not over it. Trying out Feedly, Feeder, and Bloglovin – someone’s gotta win.

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      We’re actually fortunate that there are so many good alternatives.

  • June 30, 2013 Poppy

    You can follow people on Bloglovin’? Apparently I need a more in depth tutorial πŸ™‚ I signed up, but have done nothing with it!
    Poppy recently wrote…Tabata Training Is Highly Effective But it Might Make You PukeMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, you can search for blogs there, or just add in your favorites, plus you can group them too. πŸ™‚

  • July 1, 2013 Kim Green

    Great info, Alison!

    I am still adjusting ( not a fan of change, no matter how small! ) and using both Feedly and Bloglovin, and, of course I’ve got you on both!

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Awesome, thank you Kim!

  • July 1, 2013 Caylie Price

    Hi Alison,
    I’ve just found you through the SITS Community LinkUp on Facebook. I wrote a similar post recently (although I really, really loved Google Reader). You can follow me on BlogLovin’ from here:
    Can’t wait to read/see more of your work!
    Cheers, Caylie
    Caylie Price recently wrote…Artful Business Conference 3rd & 4th SeptemberMy Profile

    • July 1, 2013 Alison

      Hi Caylie, thanks for coming by! I relied heavily on Google Reader too – but since I started using Feedly 3 months ago, I have to say, I haven’t missed Reader πŸ™‚ I’ve gotcha on BlogLovin’!

  • July 3, 2013 Janice

    Hi Alison. I’ve been looking at all the alternatives out there – there’s so many! Who knew?! Haha!
    I think it’s a bad call for Google, but oh well. They need more people on G+, I guess.

    Anywho, I’m on Bloglovin’ too. But like you, I prefer Feedly. I just got the Feedly button! I thought they didn’t have one, but they do – over at Button Factory: I love the different layout options and how it’s fast in loading the posts I want to read.

    Finally, just like your other “fans,” I stalk you everywhere too. Let’s just say that I’m glad to see you wherever I go. πŸ˜‰
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    • July 3, 2013 Alison

      Cool, thanks for the Feedly button link!

  • July 8, 2013 Alma

    Thanks for the info on Feedly I have heard others using it as well recently. Thanks!
    Alma recently wrote…About IndependenceMy Profile

    • July 8, 2013 Alison

      I hope you like it!

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