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Feedly sucks. What do you use?

Written By: Jenn - Sep• 17•13

I’m really mourning the loss of the iGoogle widget I used to use for following blogs. It was one of my 3 homepages (pages that load as soon as I open my browser), and now I don’t bother because there’s nothing valuable left to see for those widgets, and iGoogle is going away as of November 1st.

I REALLY don’t get why Google would do away with one of the only really nice features they’ve got. I tried – I mean I really tried – to like Google+. It’s just fugly, folks. It’s clunky and not at all enjoyable. I’ll stick to Facebook, thanks. I just don’t like anything Google oriented unless I’m searching for something. In that one case, Google is unparalleled. More power to them for continuing to develop new things, but they’re clearly not doing it with me in mind, because nothing else that they do holds any interest for me. Pity. Could it be because I’m 39 (+7 anniversaries of that birthday – and yes, I completely ignored it this year due to the nonsense with Coke, which was more important) and past the age they want to cater to? Maybe.

Anyway…! What prompted me to write today was the lack of really good RSS readers out there. At least, I haven’t found any that strike my fancy. I tried and I’m still using Feedly, but… it really sucks. I don’t like it at all. The interface is boring, and I need something that alerts me to new posts so I’ll actually go and read them! That little green static button beside the address bar? Doing nothing? So easy to ignore. I usually forget to go and look for new posts, so consequently, I haven’t been catching up with all of my bloggy buddies! If that button did a little dance, or emitted some sort of glow when there were new posts? I might actually pay attention to it.

Look at it!


BO-RING! Oh, and yes, I’m using Waterfox now – what a great browser! Fast and no issues in the months I’ve been using it. I’m in tech-love with it.

The last few months I’ve been on a bit of a blog hiatus – I just didn’t have much desire to write, so I let it lapse. That means – since I’ve let readers down – a total of 3 people might actually read this post! I figure if blogging becomes a chore, then it’s not worth doing anymore, because the enjoyment is gone. Take a break.

On the off chance that I haven’t lost 100% of my readers, I’d like to hear from you! What RSS reader do you use? What’s good about it? Where do I find it? What are we having for dinner tonight? (…thought I’d throw that in in case you wanted to cook for me)


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  1. I’m here :). Sorry to say that I can’t help you about feeds.
    The only thing that I know is that mine are subscribed to Feedburner… But, I don’t like the surface very much either.

    Relating very well on the blog hiatus statement here… So many things can happen that you just have not the right spirit and mind. Hope everything turned out well.

    Just found out that there’s no more Sensational Haiku Wednesday :(

    Thanks for hosting it all this time. Though, I wasn’t able to participate in many due to certain circumstances… it always gave me great joy :)

  2. Rachael says:

    I just use Google Friend Connect and then I am able to view the list of updates on Blogger Dashboard. If someone doesn’t have a GFC link on their page I can just put the blog address in on my dashboard and it shows up.

  3. jazzbumpa says:

    You got your 3.

    I don’t know nothin’ ’bout no RSS readers. I have a list of blogs I read regularly, and have links to them on my blogs that get updated by some transparent magical process.

    I’d be happy to cook for you tonight, but I have to be back home for a meeting by 7:00. I don’t think the logistics are manageable. Anyway, it was just going to be rye toast with peanut butter.

    Now, what about Haiku Wednesdays?

    Also, any haiku mavens that land here – check out Carpe Diem.