Tuesday, February 24, 2009

To Blogline or not to Blogline?

I need a little advice - I have used Bloglines as my blog reader for a good long while, but recently it is acting up more than usual. All of a sudden I see I have 700 unread posts. On closer inspection, 200 posts are from one blog, and these are posts I have already seen. A related problem is that if I check in with Bloglines several times in one day (I often use blogreading as a procrastination technique, so I will read 3 or 4 or at a time, then go back later for more) the feeds I have already read show up again as unread.

Then there is the problem of blogs not appearing on my feed. A couple of my favorites disappear for days, only to have the posts updated en mass at random.

I'm annoyed and ready to give up Bloglines. But what would be better? What do you use, and do you like it? Do you use Blogger's new "blogs I'm following" service? From what I have seen, it looks like that could be a bit annoying for someone who reads dozens and dozens (and dozens) of blogs. 

I would love to hear any advice or know how you read blogs - I am ready to make a jump but want something to jump to before I leave what I've got. 

15 comments:

  1. DEFINITELY Google Reader. I was a Bloglines user who grew tired of the intermittent lapses in service. Too many bugs.

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  2. Ditto! I love it and have been introduced to so many wonderful blogs through it's suggestion gadget.


    leslee

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  3. Google Reader. Hands down . . .

    When I first started blogging, I used the built-in reader in IE, but it kept crashing my system. Not sure what was up there. Then I switched to Firefox, so I needed a new option. Reader has been my reader ever since . . .

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  4. Also a fan of Google Reader.

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  5. I also use blog reading to procrastinate and I also use Google Reader.

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  6. I recently (like, since the beginning of the year) switched to Google Reader. I don't love it, but it has some advantages, like a reasonable interface for the iPhone in case I want to read blogs on the train. Interestingly though, I find that I click through to the actual blogs a lot less often - I don't know why.

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  7. I have a terrible system, so not advice, but wanted to say that my blogger reader is also acting up which is very annoying.

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  8. I highly recommend Google Reader. I like the All Items feature, which is why I'm probably commenting on a slightly old post of yours. I use All Items to read through the unread stuff in my blog chronologically.

    I also like the suggestion gadget and it works nicely if you want to read a few, go away and then come back to read a few more later.

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  9. Another vote for Google Reader!

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  10. I'll pile onto the Google Reader lovefest as well.

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  11. Thanks to you all for the input. Looks like we have a near-consensus! I will make the switch.

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  12. I use google reader, too. If you're on a Mac, I've just started using Event Box, which is a client that you can read feeds, your google reader content, plus twitter, facebook, and flickr in a single app. Plus it lets you mark all that stuff as read, so you can see what's new. It kind of made my day to find it.

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  13. I read hundreds (hence me commenting a week late) and I use Google reader.

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  14. I read hundreds (hence me commenting a week late) and I use Google reader.

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