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RIP Google Reader … you gave me a connection to the blogosphere

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly | Commentary/Opinion

Sorry Night Owl Cards and Waxaholic. I’d like to extend an apology to 2 x 3 Heroes and It’s like having my own card shop, along with the 300 other or so trading cards I follow on a daily basis.

Google is getting rid of Reader, its RSS newsfeed where over the years I inputted as many card blogs as I could. Blogs kept growing in the past couple of years even after I stopped writing on A Cardboard Problem and eventually created Cards by Sooz.

But one thing that never changed in my blogging world was reading the other blogs that are out there and I was able to do this because of Reader.

Starting July 1, I won’t be able to do this anymore because Reader is being taken out of Google’s rotation of products.

I’m sorely disappointed.

Even with all the trading posts that never seem to end, I still enjoyed seeing them because it reminded me just how close knit this community is. There were days I opened a pack or a box of cards and I sorted cards by who I was going to send them to.

I had my little pile on the side and cards for other team and player collectors taking up the chunk of my desk. I know many still do this.

If anyone knows of a suitable alternative, please let me know. I don’t want to have to comb through every single blog individually. It will become tedious and eventually I’ll just stop doing it.

I hope Google changes its mind. I don’t want to lose touch with the hundreds of blogs out there.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

6 Comments

nerfderfy

TheOldReader.com is fairly decent. Just sign in with Google and it’ll automatically import your feeds.

Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
James

You have very little idea about how RSS feeds actually work, do you Sooz? You won’t lose your ability to do any of the stuff you enjoy. You’ll just do it on a different site or with a different app. All your feeds will still be there. And there are apps and sites much better than Google’s version, so if anything, this’ll improve your productivity.

Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

I didn’t think all was lost but I found Google Reader convienent and easy to use especially with the Chrome plugin. Do you have an alternative?

Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

I’m in the same boat as you. Right now I’m testing out feedly. They have a firefox and chrome plugin and you can seamlessly import your feeds. I’d love to know of others rss readers to try out.

Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
Sport Card Collectors

Dont lose us fellow Yankee and Giants fans :)

Posted March 14, 2013 at 7:22 am | Permalink
Randall

James, you are coming off too harsh (not sure if that was intended). Nice article, Susan. I don’t have a suggestion but I think this articles does show how card collectors are its own little community online.

Posted March 14, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

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