As part of a”Spring cleaning” announcement, listed are changes Google is making, one is in regards to the widely used Google Reader:
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”
The announcement left many angry, upset, with more questions than answers and scrambling for solutions.
So first and foremost, to be clear:
This ONLY applies to readers who use the Google Reader.
So let’s look at the change from two perspectives:
- A user/reader of blogs via the Google RSS reader
- An Outdoor Blogger who has readers subscribed to their blog via a Google Reader.
User of the Google Reader:
It’s going to be ok! There’s comfort in familiarity and it’s always painful when things change and I know you’re thinking of all the blogs you’ve collected up over time and added to your Google Reader.
You don’t want to lose your blog collection and you don’t have too…
Google Takeout is your escape.
You just need to export your RSS Feeds from the Google reader and add them to a New Sparkly reader. You have a lot of options out there and instead of re-writing the information others have compiled, I suggest visiting these links:
Once you’ve exported your RSS feeds and imported them into a new reader, you’re all set and you haven’t lost a single RSS feed/blog.
Look for your new RSS feed home now. Don’t wait until the last minute and risk losing your information.
As an Outdoor Blogger who publishes an RSS Feed:
The first concern anyone who writes a blog should ask in regards to this change is… How will it affect my readership?
I believe everyone will lose a small percentage of readers based on this change, namely the people who rarely check their Google Reader or those who ignore the impending change and don’t export their feeds from their Google Reader to a new one in time.
BUT…with some proactive measures, we can preserve the majority of our readers that see our content via the Google Reader by letting them know what to do.
Let’s help our readers out! They read our blogs via the Google RSS Reader, so what better way to let them know about the changes than by writing a post in our blogs alerting them to the change and how they can fix it. The helpful post you write will pop up in their Google reader and then it’s up to them to take action.
Feel free to copy and paste any of the above information I’ve wrote in a blog post of your own. Readership is hard earned and here at the OBN, we don’t want any of you to lose a single reader!