Friday, September 10, 2010

Bloglines Off Line?!

It has just come to my attention that Bloglines, the feed reader I have been using for quite some time now to stay up to date with the way too many blogs I follow will officially shut down on October 1st.

While annoying at first to think about transferring all my feeds elsewhere (Google Reader?), I have come round to realizing this is a good thing.  As I said at the beginning of this post, I read too many blogs.  Or rather, I am subscribed to way too many blogs.

Why so many?

The answer is simple.  There is a lot of good stuff out there . . . in all kinds of genres.  Friends and family have blogs.  Crafty people have blogs.  Clever people post clever ways to help me keep my home more organized.  Funny people make me laugh.  I have a slew of Indie Biz classmates who are off making their dreams come true as I read along.  All of my Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee buddies have blogs and it's fun to stay up to date with their projects and lives.  There are some yummy food blogs to follow.  Some are inspiring.  Some are spiritually uplifting.  Some give me great ideas for stuff I can do with my kids.

Basically, getting all my blogs updated in my feed reader is like having the best FREE magazine subscription EVER.

But, there are not enough hours in the day for all this and I have been meaning (for some time now) to pare down.  And I can't help but feel much of the time like I need to do a bit less reading and a bit more doing.

I know that others feel the same.  Why, in the last 3 days I've lost and gained and lost and gained and lost a follower (maybe the same one who just can't decide if reading my blog is worthwhile,  or different people dropping out and others joining in?)  Either way, it's ok with me.  Truly.  I do understand.

And for the 86(!) people who do publicly follow me, you guys rock.  Thank you for counting my projects, quips, and photos worthy of your subscription.  :)

So yes, I'll go figure out where my new feeds will live (any recommendations would be sweet), but I probably won't be transferring them all.  Instead there will probably be some that I visit for the last time and then say goodbye after bookmarking a post or 2 . . . or perhaps adding an inspirational image to my Pinterest.

BUT

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite blogs with my readers as I do.

SO

Stay tuned for that.  :)

I'll try to keep them separated by genre because I'm good like that.

And if anyone has any MUST READS (I should not be saying this because what did I just say??  PARE DOWN?!) let me know in the comments.  As I'll be lightening my load of the blogs that have fallen off the face of the earth, I may have a wee bit of room in my new reader for a few new VERY GOOD blogs.  ;)

Oh, and if anyone wants to de-lurk and let me know they're a follower . . . say, "HI!"  That would be lovely. 

4 Comments:

Kathy September 10, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Look forward to your listing of Favorite Blogs (that you're keeping). Seems I'm always finding more links in your "Playground" - and have added LOTS of new bookmarks. But you are right -- we definitely could use more hours in the day - or maybe an extra day in the week that could just be for fun, crafty stuff. Wouldn't that be perfect!

CraftyMummy September 11, 2010 at 2:25 AM  

Thanks for the heads up - I didn't know Bloglines was stopping! I, like you, have way too many blogs in my reader! Will have to get started on the shift... (hope you won't lose my blog as you pare down ;)

Hearthandmade September 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

I use google reader to keep up.. I follow loads of blogs and separate the folders into blogs I like to look at for inspiration and ones I want to comment on!

Skooks September 11, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

K - Oh, believe me, I'm definitely looking forward to the highlight blog reel I'm going to be posting. Hope everyone reading is able to find a few new ones that they inspire them. :)

CM - Don't worry. You're staying on the list. ;)

HH - I realized that because I'm already a follower on a bunch of blogs I already had a bunch of subscriptions hanging out in my Google Reader that I didn't even know about. LOL. It's easing the transition, but there are still a bunch that I don't "officially" follow (either because they don't have a followers widget or because I've forgotton to, or whatever) so there's still lots of transferring to be done.

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