Friday, July 12, 2013

Where have all the blawg posts gone?

I must confess, it wasn't until late this week that I realized I was hopelessly behind with what was happening in the blawgosphere. I've been so busy with trial prep and trial this week (and figuring out why my phone wasn't picking up my emails) that I didn't notice I hadn't been keeping up with Simple Justice, Gamso for the Defense or Mark or Murray's blawgs.

Up through the end of June I was so used to my phone alerting me to new posts through my Google Reader app. Now, thanks to the incredibly dense decision by the master of the universe to kill off a very simple and effective tool, I have to remember to check Feedly - and, as my daughters will attest, I'm not the best at remembering little details.

I'm sure Google Reader wasn't Google's biggest money maker - maybe there wasn't a good way to create a matrix of readers and blogs to target ads as narrowly as possible. It certainly wasn't sexy. The interface on the computer left a lot to be desired visually and the feel of the app was very utilitarian.

But it worked great. I could pick and choose which blawgs I wanted to read and there they would appear on my phone as soon as a new posting went live. Maybe I couldn't watch the video clip on my phone and maybe it took far too long for a picture to download. But all those posts were right there on my phone - just like presents stacked up in the corner of the living room.

Now it's going to take a little more work. A little more thought. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon enough. But, for now, I really missing Google Reader. Bad move, guys.

I imagine I'll have a bit of catching up to do this weekend.


Shanna Pharis said...

Have you tried Bloglovin? That's been nicely taking the place of Google Reader for me--in fact I prefer it! You can import your Google Reader subscriptions and get a daily e-mail of posts.

Murray Newman said...

I'm telling you -- try Feedly. I actually like it better than Google Reader.

Of course, that doesn't help me about not having much to write about these days.