I know, it’s a gorgeous, if windy, day out there. I took my time doing chores this morning, enjoying the feel of the sun, but the wind has really come up since. My sinuses have been bothering me the last few days and this morning I feel like I am getting an earache. Yuck. Hope it’s not a cold or a sinus infection, but this time of year is crazy and I frequently feel allergies coming on well before the cold weather is over. It doesn’t seem fair!
More discomfort in life: Google Reader is going away sometime around the end of June. Being a creature of habit, I have been using the Google Reader tool for a lot of years to keep track of all the blogs I read. The majority of the heavy hitters are library-related, but I also read a growing list of farm, fiberart, and foodie blogs. Such a great world of people out there sharing their interesting lives and all the amazing things they are doing, making and cooking. Blogging has really opened up the world of sharing art, craft and life choices. It can be addicting reading, just like serial programming of other kinds. So when I realized that Google Reader (the one-stop place that collects all of the blog feeds I subscribe to) was going to be leaving, I began looking around for another feed reader to experiment with before I find myself without a way to organize these subscriptions. (For anyone who is unfamiliar with RSS feeds, see this article).
I had recently read a few blog posts reviewing some of the alternatives to Google Reader. Last week I decided to get serious about this and experiment with the one that seemed to jump to the surface in most of the ‘alternatives to GReader’ lists, Feedly. Some of the reasons I decided to experiment with this one is that it’s been around for awhile, it automatically syncs my GR subscriptions the first time I sign into Feedly with my Google login, and it also has a nicely-formatted app for the iPad, which was important to me as well. I am happy to report that the pain of the changeover has not been too serious, for which I am grateful! I am still getting used to its interface, but I am beginning to like it. It’s a little easier on the eyes than GR as posts and blogs are separated in a very pleasing fashion, and there are thumbnail images from each of them that are highlighted as the newest in the feed. There are a number of different ways that you can organize the feeds which I have not experimented with much yet. So far it’s working for me, so I hope that when GR fades into the sands of technology time, I won’t miss it at all. As a matter of fact, I am not missing it much already :*)
Note: Many of the blogs that I subscribe to and read regularly are listed in the ‘blogroll’ in the sidebar of my blog home. But not all of them have made their way there, so following is a pretty current list with links, if anyone is interested!
Farming blogs I follow: Butting Heads Farm, Blueberry Hills Farm, Catherine Friend Farm Tales, Fort Pelham Farm, Hatchtown Farm, Future Farmers Live Here, Getting Stitched on the Farm, Henbogle, The Kitchens Garden, Losing Sleep Counting Sheep, Sugar Mountain Farm, (not so) Urban Hennery, 10 Year Challenge, Welsh Hills Again.
Fiber blogs: The Panopticon, Cast-On (also a podcast), Cluck Cluck Sew, iMake (also a podcast), Knit Knit Cafe (also a podcast), Knitmore Girls (also a podcast), @Romi’s Studio, Mollywobbles, Sailing Knitter, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Yarn Harlot, Yarn Spinner (Joanne Seiff), Wolf Den, And She Knits Too, Romney Ridge Farm.
Foodie blogs: Kitchen at Camont, Domestic Diva M.D., David Lebovitz, Former Chef, Food in Jars, Susan Can Cook, Kayotic Kitchen, Krista and Jess, Witty in the City, Smitten Kitchen, View from Great Island, Yankee Pantry.
If anyone is interested in the library blogs I follow, I will make that list another time!