There has to be a better way.

A long time ago I used to use Google Reader to keep up with all of my favorite blogs. Then Google did away with Google Reader and I couldn’t find another way to keep up with the blogs I love and so I gave up. Well, not really. If somebody would post their blog post on Facebook or Instagram I would go there. But it is a very unsatisfying way to read blogs. I needed something better.

A little over a week ago I asked Kat what she uses and she said Feedly. So I googled around to see if I could find something different because I don’t really like to just do things because somebody said so. So, after that waste of time I went back to Feedly and made myself an account.

Here’s what I love about it. You can organize your blogs by topic. You can mark posts to come back to. You can mark them all read and they go away. The app on my phone is awesome and easy to use.

There’s really nothing I don’t like about it. You can have different feeds and boards (which I don’t really understand) but you can follow up to 100 blogs for free! 100 is a lot. I think if you read blogs Feedly might be a great option for you.

Do you have a reader that you use to keep track of your blogs?



11 thoughts on “Feedly”

  1. Thanks for sharing what you researched. Any idea of how Feedly compares to Bloglovin?

    1. Beth

      I don’t love the app as much but it might be great if you are searching for new books to follow.

  2. Adam

    Feedly has been really useful for me. I more or less immediately switched to it when Google halted their Google Reader service. I don’t use all of Feedly’s features (or more specifically the features that are newer) but I still really like it.

  3. I use Newsblur ( newsblur.com ) which allows you to organize your feeds any way you like with folders. You can set up the display several different ways to fit your preferences, save things for later, and mark feeds/topics as favorites. I follow 400+ sites and it’s been great. It’s only free up to 60 feeds, but the $24 yearly fee is well worth it. I’ve used exclusively since Reader bit the dust.

  4. Bex

    I love feedly, in fact I am writing you this comment from the feedly app on my phone.
    So many good things about it.
    Glad you’ve found it too.

  5. I didn’t like Feedly, but I only tried it for a couple days and pretty much was just pouting that it wasn’t Google Reader. I tend to save blog post reading for my Dreamwidth feed. I don’t think they have an app, so I do it on my computer. *shrug* Not ideal, but it works.

  6. Bettina

    I am reading this on Feedly as we speak. Switched to it when Google reader went away. I love the ability to categorize blogs (yours, naturally is in my Spinning section). It allows me to just read topic specific blogs, or more if I have more time.

  7. Hi Beth, I don’t know whether you’re a Mac person or not, but when Google Reader closed I switched to the desktop app Vienna which I’m really happy with. I have installed an RSS button in my browser (safari), if there’s a feed on a blog (which there almost always is) then I can just press that button to add the feed to Vienna.

    1. Beth

      Not a Mac person. But that’s a great tip for the people who are.

  8. Joanne

    I also use and love feedly. I can also follow my podcasts with it. Love it!

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