Monday, April 8, 2013

Google Reader Being Eliminated & Advise

 
 
Hi everyone!

 
 
I have been thinking of leaving Blogger for a while and switching to WordPress.
 The news that Google Reader is shutting down on 7/1/13 is just the push I need
 to sever ties with Blogger.  I do need some advise about switching though and
hope you can help with the questions below.


 
 
 
Is WordPress.org or WordPress.com the best option.

Is writing a post basically the same and
do I need knowledge of HTML? 
 
Will I lose GFC followers and what options are
available for following?
 
Can you recommend someone to make the switch
for me?

If not WordPress then who do you recommend?
 
 
Thanks for your help and I appreciate you letting me know the
good and bad of each.   

 
Hugs,
Sherry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


33 comments:

Cindy said...

I was looking forward to the comments, I have some of the same questions as a very new blogger.
Cindy@ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

Hi Sherry...
I have a blog on wordpress.com which I haven't been back to in a while, but what I can tell you is that there definitely is a learning curve involved. I am not the most technical person so please keep that in mind. I think that blogger for me at least is a little bit more user friendly, however I do have some bloggy friends who do use typepad. Whatever you end up doing please share with us the details of this process. I think at some point most bloggers are faced with this decision. Enjoy a wonderful week!
XO Barbara

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Can you tell me where you heard about Google? I can't find the info anywhere and wondering if one of the other companies started the rumor. I'm not wanting to change until I have to. Thanks, Lynda

Suzan Sweatman said...

Hi Sherry - I too panicked when I first heard about it - but it's only the " reader " they're eliminating - and no one I know uses the reader anyway ( which is why they're getting rid of it I believe ) I use my dashboard to read blogs.
Also - I signed up on Bloglovin' for those that want a " reader " type platform to read all the blogs they follow! So I'm going to stick with blogger ( I'm so nervous of the unknown, it's ridiculous LOL )
Good luck with whatever you choose!
Hugs,
Suzan

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Hi Sherry.

Upon hearing about the demise of Google Reader, I recently moved across to Bloglovin' to continue following the blogs I read.

Switching from Blogger to Wordpress is something I am also considering, I'd be interested to hear what people recommend.

Paul

Junkchiccottage said...

I am with Lynda on this where did you read about this with google and blogger. I have not found anything either. I had heard too it is a rumor started by Wordpress. This blogging world is hard enough and now not sure what is going on it truth or rumor. I have gotten comfortable with Blogger and hate to change too. So if you could let us know where you heard or read this about google that would be so helpful. Thanks Sherry.
Kris

An Urban Cottage said...

I'm no expert by nay means but this is what I've gleaned. The end of Google Reader will affect anyone will reads blogs through the Google Reader. If you're a Blogger blogger and you read other blogs from your Google Reading List, I believe those will go away. From what I understand, Sherry, you can look at your Feedburner subscriptions and see how people are reading your blog. If they're reading your blog through Google Reader, they will no longer get your new posts. I see that you already have an option for people to subscribe to your blog via e-mail and those people won't be affected. It seems like people are
switching to Feedly or to Bloglovin' to set up their reading lists and I have yet to do it myself or to ask my readership to switch to something else.

In any event, if you were to switch to WordPress, you'd be starting from scratch with no readership at all anyway so I'm not sure it's the best solution unless you're really frustrated with the way Blogger works. I'd probably pack it in and find a new hobby if I had to start from scratch.

I'm just starting the process of finding a new solution to read blogs and then I guess I'll be better able to help my followers find a new way to get updates on my new posts. If I find anything exciting, I'll let you know.

AntiqueChase said...

I read my blogs on blogger homepage.. will I still be able to do this? and yes, I wonder about my GFC followers too :(

Lorraine said...

Sherry, I just switched over less than 2 weeks ago. I had someone switch me only. The cheapest option. I never missed a beat...she was done almost in one day. I now can add some WP plug-ins (as they're called) when I am ready. I can also hire again for smaller things I want....which I plan to do. Email me and I'll tell you more.

An Urban Cottage said...

As soon as I left your blog, I looked very quickly at Feedly and Bloglovin'. It looked like I had to download software to use Feedly so I signed up with Bloglovin' (you can sign up with your e-mail address or your Facebook account) and once I verified my account by e-mail and signed in, I was asked if I wanted to import my Google Reading List. It did everything automatically within a few minutes and it couldn't have been easier. I now have a reading list of my favorite blogs in Bloglovin'. It seems weird not to be in Blogger but I guess I'll only need Blogger for writing my own posts (and managing my spam!).

NanaDiana said...

I will be interested to see what people say here- I hate to change but I know a lot of people have done so. xo Diana

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I was reading Betsy Spert's blog last night. She did a post about how to avoid people reading your posts in reader because you don't get the click for advertisements.

So...it dawned on me that they may be shutting down google reader for advertising purposes! This makes sense since google is all about revenue from advertising.

Just my 2 cents. I'm staying with blogspot until they actually make changes I don't like. I guess I'm like Scarlet O'Hara saying I'll worry about that tomorrow!

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Dear Sherry - First of all I received my sea fan in the mail and I'm thrilled! My husband and I are heading out to look for a see- through frame this evening.

Secondly, I agree with everything Suzan said about Bloglovin'. You can head over to her blog and join the Bloglovin' Blog Hop too!

Third, If you do switch over to WordPress, Jones Design Company has a complete step-by-step program online that will walk you through the set-up. They offer lifetime support and it is very reasonably priced. I actually set up a WordPress webpage when I first started blogging but I haven't done anything with it because, as a newbie, I found it to be a lot more difficult than Blogger. I may someday go back and make the switch though.

Lots of good advice from all your friends.
Blessings,
Patti

Sandra G said...

It is just Google reader going away, I was using it to read all of my blogs, when I signed into in one day there was a notification that it would be going away and the date it would no longer be accessible, I don't remember the date though. I know that it is not a rumor started by another company. I started using bloglines, I like it so far.

Mary Redo said...

Brenda at Cozy Little House made the switch some months back, she did the job herself, I think that way is rather difficult. There are many things about Word Press she loves. Hope this helps, Mary

Marti said...

I'm glad you brought this up. I've been considering the same thing. I did try a wordpress.com blog for awhile and after blogger, it seemed much harder. However, it has so many more options that I think it will be worth the hassle to change. I'm just not sure I can do the migration myself to save my old blog posts. I've read that other people had someone do all that for them.

Karen Albert said...

Hi Sherry
It is probably just me; however I have this fear of messing with my blog. I really don't know how many of my followers are reading my blog through Google Reader or not.

I know I like to go directly to a Blog Site. It just feels more real. Due to my health issues; I have not been able to visit, read, or comment as much lately.

Love and Hugs,
Karena
Art by Karena

Maria said...

Like Lynda and Kris I only heard about this from other bloggers who started writing about this about a month ago. I also wondered 'how they knew' and then I wondered whether it was actually Google reader that I used to read the blogs I follow...I honestly haven't a clue and just stumble on, and things seem to work for me...terrible thing to admit huh! lol

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Everyone I know that moved to Wordpress lost their followers. The list of followers does not come with you so you have to hope your readers will make the jump and follow. I understand Typepad is real good about helping you if you have a problem. They actually follow up and help out. It's around $15 a month though. I don't use the google reader I just go through my blogger homepage. Apparently from what I reader Google Reader was hardly being used and thats why they're dropping it. This is the link from google about it: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html

Lana said...

Hi Sherry,
I would go with wordpress.org not the .com for sure. I did a lot of research before starting out initially and chose wordpress over blogger as it seemed most people eventually switch to wordpress. I don't have any suggestions as to who to use to switch over. the .org gives you a lot more flexibility. You do not need to know any html to do a post. And I have found it very easy to use. I do have very basic html knowledge though.

Kathleen said...

Hi Sherry~ As already mentioned, it is only Google READER that is going away July 1st. It does not affect Blogger, so no worries there! I use(d)Google Reader to read all my blogs. I just did a post on switching to Bloglovin'. It was the easiest thing to do. It literally took 2 minutes and it imported all the blogs on my reading list! They've made it super simple for all the Google Reader's! Smart business move!Good luck!

Cyndia said...

I just want to add for your bloggers that if you don't have an email option you are losing potential readers. That's the only way I read blogs. I usually click over to the page via my email but I want to start from my email. I don't want to rely on readers that may or may not always be around.

freddyandpetunia said...

Well, I guess I'm the odd-man out on this topic! I STARTED ON WP!
I didn't know aNYthing, my cousin put me in WP saying this is where I should be. AND, to watch and see how many others would make the switch when they realized too~that was late 2010.
--I want to add that I tried to set up a blogger blog for my mom just recently thinking it would be easier for her (since I always hear it IS so much easier).
I HATED IT--THOUGHT IT WAS CONFUSING AND LIMITED! I bailed and created a WP blog for her after a week.

My take-away~ I think it's all a matter of where you start and what you learn on!
AND btw--I don't wAnt to chase down my favorite blogs to see if they have anything new posted.
I SUBSCRIBE so it comes to mE automatically--if I'm too busy or it's not a topic of interest, I delete.
Catherine

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Sherry, I'm self-hosted on wordpress.org. I didn't start out on blogger, so I don't know the difference. I use Windows LiveWriter to write my posts, makes it much easier than writing from the wp dashboard. Kristi Linauer does blog design and migrations from blogger to wp. She also has an ebook that will walk you through the steps to switch, if you want to do it yourself. If you email her, I'm sure she would answer your questions. addicted2decorating (at) live (dot) com

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Here's an article that indicates that Google has not completely done away with Reader, but is integrating it into their social platform, Google Plus. http://grownupgeek.com/google-integrates-rss-reader-into-google-plus

Tina @ The Primitive Junkie said...

There are several WordPress Designers that can help you make the transition from Blogger to WordPress a breeze. I have used Kristi from Linauer Designs and Addicted 2 Decorating. She is very knowledgeable and affordable. Goodluck! Tell her Tina from The Primitive Junkie referred you :) No, this isn't an affiliate link :)

Sally said...

I am a BLOGGER blogger, and I'm the one person nobody ever heard of (I guess) that USED Google Reader. I will keep my blog on Blogger for as long as I can because I love it. As to a new "reader," I have checked out Bloglovin' (which only gives you a post excerpt and a photo) and The Old Reader -- which is VERY SIMILAR to Google Reader (if you are the second person that nobody ever heard of that USED Google Reader - LOL. You can read full posts on The Old Reader if a blogger has it set up that way. Also, at this time, there are no ads on The Old Reader as there are on Bloglovin'.

Art and Sand said...

I don't have any answers for you, but I will be following along with your move. My son is a web designer as a side job while he is in grad school. He wants me to move over to Word Press, but I hate change.

thepaintedapron.com said...

hi Sherry, I use wordpress.com and have loved it. I have had to figure it out as I go, but their tutorials are good and you can get lots of help on the web by googling questions. I just added bloglovin which I think is meant to replace google plus. I'm sure it's scary to change but if I can figure it out I bet you can too!
Jenna

tablescapesbybev said...

I cannot compare blogger and wordpress, since wordpress is all that I have ever used. I have liked wordpress a lot and find that it is not very difficult to use. If I have a problem, I can google the question, and always get an answer. As for .com or .net, I use .com (the free one). I see that there are more options available to be more creative with the paid one. I would like to switch to that one eventually, but for now I do not plan on spending any money. Overall, I have been very pleased with wordpress and highly recommend it.

Hartwood Roses said...

I don't understand what moving your blog has to do with Google Reader? The Reader is a way for folks to get your blog posts in a centralized place, it has nothing to do with how you produce or publish your blog. With everything else that you have going on in your life, I suggest that you don't go looking for trouble by moving your blog unless there's a definite advantage in doing so. Those of us who follow you will be here to read every word you write, just like always, whether we get your posts in Google Reader, by email with an RSS feed, or (like I do) by going down the blog roll on my sidebar to see when my favorite blogs have new content.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Sherry, I have a lot of the same questions! I don’t have advise but I hope you will share your switch. I just bet a lot will follow.........

~Emily
The French Hutch

SHERRY HART said...

Complicated order! Lord this techno stuff is gonna kill me....I'm on blogger and of course like any one else...change scares me. I will only leave blogger if someone makes me :)