The Times? They Are Already Different

by Jessica Anderson on March 18, 2013

in Memes & Miscellany

The Bluestocking Society

Much ado has already been made about the closing of Google Reader. I’ll admit that I was not that concerned when I first heard. Disappointed, yes, but not necessarily concerned. There are other options, yes?

But I do want to take action to make sure that I can continue to keep track of all of the blogs I love to read and that you can continue to keep track of me. I also found myself scrutinizing the other providers and services I use here at The Bluestocking Society – chief among them, Feedburner. After pondering all of this, these are the decisions I have made:

First, I have switched from Google Reader to Feedly. They are promising that the transition from Reader will be seamless, and I actually really like the feel of it. I also did some excellent spring cleaning of my feeds, reworking my folders, getting rid of defunct blogs, and adding in a lot of new blogs. So, I’m all set to keep up with you.

RSS Icon blueNext, I’d love for you to keep up with me! To this end, I have decided to close my Feedburner feed, and to use my native feed. With the demise of Reader and the deprecation of FeedBurner, I don’t want to be at the mercy of Google’s whims anymore. I want to be in control of my feed. Unfortunately, this may require a small bit of effort on your part.

If you follow The Bluestocking Society via some kind of feed reader, you’ll need to make sure that you have the correct feed:

Old, Soon-to-be-Defunct Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/thebluestockings/

Permanent Feed: http://thebluestockings.com/feed/

Update: You can check to see which feed you subscribe to in Google Reader by doing the following: in Reader, click on The Bluestocking Society. Then, under the “Feed settings” menu, click on “View details and statistics.” If that comes up with the Feedburner feed, you’ll need to unsubscribe from it and resubscribe using the correct feed of http://thebluestockings.com/feed/.

If you follow The Bluestocking Society via email, you do not need to do anything. There will be no disruption to your emails, though, after this post, they will be sent by MailChimp rather than Feedburner.

While change is always hard, I’m excited by the new things I’m learning and the new services I’ve found. I hope to still meet you in the blogosphere, often.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Suey March 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

So… if I follow you using Google Reader, will your feed change there? (Or do I still not worry about it when it switches to Feedly, which is also what I’ll be using.) This feed burner business always confuses me.

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Jessica March 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

You can check to see which feed you subscribe to in Google Reader by doing the following: in Reader, click on The Bluestocking Society. Then, under the “Feed Settings” menu, click on “View details and statistics.” If that comes up with the Feedburner feed, you’ll need to unsubscribe from it and resubscribe using the correct feed of http://thebluestockings.com/feed/.

I’m sorry it’s such a pain!

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Suey March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Yep, that’s what it says! The right feed is already there. Cool.

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Jessica March 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Yay! Thank you for taking the time to check.

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Jenny March 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I’ve never really liked or used Google reader so its disappearance doesn’t really bother me. I hope I don’t lose readers because of it, though.

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Jessica March 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

Yeah. I think people who use Reader a lot will find an alternative. Hopefully, no one will lose too many readers.

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Care March 28, 2013 at 4:34 am

I think I’ve already lost readers due to GR’s announcement, but … whatever. I’ll keep posting and see what happens. I don’t use GR anymore anyway, but I think I will go old fashioned and print out a list just to check on everyone every so often.

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Jessica April 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Printing out a list is a great idea. I’m going to do that.

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Arti March 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

What a surprising action with Google, and inconvenient to say the least. On another note, a while ago you stopped by Ripple Effects and indicated you’d like to join us on a Proust read-along. It’s just started now. Still interested? Hope you can. ;)

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Jessica March 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

‘Tis rather inconvenient. And yes, I am still interested in the Proust read-along! I’m off to check it out…

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