So after the last post, I realized that I’ve actually had two RSS readers.
The second one has been, believe it or not, Livejournal. I’ve had (and used) an LJ since 2002, and believe I’ve been using it for feeds for longer than a dedicated reader. Reliability is (increasingly) not LJ’s strong suite, so at some point I migrated all the essential/time-sensitive feeds to Bloglines/Google Reader. But the nonessential personal blogs and webcomics remained on LJ.
But Livejournal’s days are over. Fandom moved to Dreamwidth (an LJ clone) and Tumblr (sure, why not) and friends moved to Facebook (boo, hiss) and LJ is simply… fading. (A lot of this is its own fault, but that’s neither here nor there.) And quite frankly, LJ is not the greatest venue in the world for feeds, but it was one that was useful to me for quite a while.
I’ve migrated some sites I follow to Feedly, but mostly I use it to follow actual breaking news, and it’s getting crowded. It’s not the best place for sites I want to read at my leisure. (I’m notoriously bad at going back to look at things I’ve marked to ‘read later.’) So… I’m trying Bloglovin’.
I rejected Bloglovin’ as a Reader replacement early on. It was just not going to work for the massive amounts of sites I must keep up with. But for my casual reading, it might just do the trick. I like how it opens the actual pages, how it gives you a little countdown of posts you have yet to read in a top frame… It’s perfect for design and home blogs, where the blog’s own look is often an important part of the experience. (The entertainment blog and news sites I follow in Feedly are almost universally horribly designed, so who cares? And I certainly don’t need to actually click through to every single post about Vin Diesel’s mystery meeting with Marvel.)
Bloglovin’ itself seems highly populated with fashion and mommy bloggers, which makes their recs nearly useless to me, but I don’t need them them anyway. And the post-Reader influx may even help diversify the site.
Still, my point: If you’re not an RSS power user, if the sites you follow number in the dozens instead of the hundreds, Bloglovin’ – stupid name and all – may be a good option.