Saturday, March 16, 2013

So, it turns out it's easier to transfer everyone to Bloglovin than I thought...

Hey all you gorgeous people!

I know this isn't my normal type of post, but I thought that in light of all the drama about Google casting us off the raft and into shark infested waters, I'd just take the opportunity to share a link to the page that lets you transfer all your Google Friend Connect favourites to Bloglovin in one easy push of the button.  Just go here and the clever clogs at Bloglovin have set it up so we don't all drive ourselves to distraction about this whole Google reader issue.

Thank god, I was thinking about how I was going to do it and had just about decided to commit seppuku instead and save myself the trauma.  But now I don't have to ceremonially spill my own intestines, so yay!

Alternatively (or in addition), feel free to follow me on Twitter.  I finally worked out how to do the whole syndication thingamabob, so it's another option.

And remember kiddies, just because we're losing Google reader and possibly losing GFC, it's not like it's the end of the world ... if anything bears more of a resemblance to a post apocalyptic wasteland where we all battle for control over natural resources.

Dibs on the stockpiles of bottled water!

48 comments:

  1. Thanks for this info! I just bumble along on my own and then as soon as I have something figured out, it disappears!

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    1. Yeah, the technology for blogging is a bit like that. I just get one thing worked out and then they tell me I have to learn something new. Damn it, I don't want to learn new stuff! I just want someone to do it all for me and leave me alone to look at cute cat videos on youtube!

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  2. I'm with J--I can't figure anything out! But I WILL be stockpiling chickens in case of the apocalypse....:)

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    1. Great, I'll know who to see if I need any chickens. How many bottles of water for a chicken?

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  3. Excellent post Kellie. It is crazy around here tho. One thing I have done is just not use Google Reader. I have my own method and I just so happened to decide to do it all on my own about 2 weeks ago. Hmmmmm, makes me wonder if I really AM lined up with the universe. hahahahaha.

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    1. LOL! Obviously your psychic powers kicked in and you foresaw what was to come!

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  4. Phew! An alternative that sounds like it's simple to transfer to and use, for us techno-idiots. Thanks, Kellie!

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    1. You're welcome! It seems to be the option most people are choosing, and it's simple enough to transfer. The only part I don't like is that there doesn't seem to be an option to see who's subscribing to you. But I guess beggars can't be choosers.

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  5. I just learned what a google reader is about five seconds ago. Thank you for the public service announcement. I'm assuming I'm going to have to do it. Let's see if it works...

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    1. Ok, that took about 10 seconds. Done. I have no idea how to follow or get followers without GFC, so I guess I'll be anxiously awaiting your post on that, my nerdy friend.

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    2. LOL! I'm glad you were able to figure it out. Don't forget to grab the code and put the button in a widget on your side bar. To get it you just go to Bloglovin, hit the "account" button, then select "follow buttons" from the pull down menu. That way people will be able to subscribe to you from your site.

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  6. Yeah I just added it to my arsenal as well. I like the little follower box, it makes me happy to see all the gravatars/photos. My little digital army of like minded insomniacs, goofballs, or hair divas. I hope it doesn't vanish.

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    1. Me too, but the rumour mill is saying that it will so I'm going to plan ahead. I'd hate for them to take GFC away and lose all my subscribers.

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  7. Does this mean we can no longer read from the dashboard? I rarely ever use the Google reader option.

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    1. I think we can still use the dashboard for as long as GFC is still active, but if they get rid of it like it's rumoured that they will, then I guess the dashboard will be a thing of the past too.

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  8. Google is going away?! Or just Google Reader? God, why do they have to keep changing things all the time!?!?

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    1. No, it's just google reader, although the rumour is that GFC is also at risk. If we lose that, then we lose all our subscriptions. I'm just transferring them all over to Bloglovin too so I have a backup.

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  9. I was sad about Google Reader, for a few minutes... then I started looking around and transferred all my feeds to Feedly. It's awesome, so far... I really think I'll like it. It's visual, and easy to edit out feeds, add new ones, etc.

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    1. I haven't heard of Feedly, I'll have to go have a look.

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  10. I did it, but didn't know what it was or what it means or that it was even happening. This is when it's great to have geeks for friends! Thanks.

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    1. LOL! Sometimes it's best not to think too hard, just to go ahead and do it. Either way, it can't hurt to have a backup of your subscriptions on a second reader.

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  11. Once I hear the word 'New' when it comes to technology, it has me running to the hills. I've just heard about this Google Reader being stopped in July, so I've contacted another blogger who does tech stuff to find some different options, so she'll be doing a post about it soon.

    I've just taken a look at your bloglovin link and it looks so easy, but knowing me, I will in no doubt mess up my blog big time first before I get anything right.

    If I decided to use bloglovin, does this mean that I'll loose all my GFC followers who are listed with their avatars on my main page of my blog?
    Or can they all be automatically transferred?
    And would it be just as easy for any new followers to subscribe in the same way too?

    Thanks for any help Kellie.

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    1. No, you shouldn't lose anything at all, at least not until goole gets rid of GFC. Until then, it's really just backing up your subscribed blogs to another reader.

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  12. Is it me or are the powers-that-be trying to push bloggers back into the shadows? I usually follow people on Twitter to keep myself updated on their blogs so i'm off to follow you right away!

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    1. I'm not sure what their motivation is, but I'm guessing they've decided they don't want to deal with the maintenance involved. Oh well, we're a tough bunch. They can't dissuade us that easily!

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  13. In June I'll have been blogging a year, but I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing half the time! I have never used Google Reader, just read blogs through my blog roll...that's two different things, right? And what do you mean by the syndication thing? Urg, my brain!! :)

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    1. I feel like I know just enough about this stuff to realise I don't know anywhere near enough to manage it all effectively. I figure if it's something really important, someone will mention it and I'll get on the bandwagon before it's too late.

      As for syndication, it's a way of setting up an automatic feed to another social media site, like Twitter or Facebook, where a post gets put up there automatically every time you post something to your blog. I'm using Twitterfeed, which seems to work pretty well.

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  14. I'm with Kianwi. When I read the headline in the news, I started to freak out like my blog was going to go away, then I was confused, then I drank too much to compensate as usual.

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    1. Sounds like a helpful way of dealing with things. When in doubt, turn to alcohol.

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  15. Thank you sooo much for the follow.^^
    Follow you back on bloglovin.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  16. WOW... I am right there with Rum Punch Drunk & In The Coop: Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

    Thanks for the info, Slu

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    1. It's definitely a bit scary when you don't understand what they're doing and why, but you know damned well it's going to impact on you.

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  17. I'll check out bloglovin. Thanks for the tip.

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  18. Sounds like a good idea I wondered what we were all going to do.

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    1. From the looks of it everyone's going to Bloglovin. Lets hope they're up to the task of handling the increased workload!

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  19. Thanks for the heads-up, Kellie! I'm pretty much clueless with all the technology stuff. Most of the time my solution to things is to turn off my computer and turn it on again. :) And believe it or not, there are (rare) times when that actually works. But thanks to this great post, it's over to Bloglovin' i go! And i should probably also get a tent for the coming apocalypse. I haven't slept in one of those since i was ten. You know, all the bugs and what-all. But it sounds like the end is nigh! :)

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    1. Ah, the good old restart method of computer maintenance! I've solved many a problem with that one ... or at least successfully ignored it.

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  20. I'm oblivious to all this, but I'll follow your advise anyway 'cause you're much smarter than me. Thanks. :)

    S

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    1. LOL! It's really just a precaution at this point, kind of like doing a backup of your subscriptions list. But if they do decide to retire GFC then I think we'll all be glad we started transferring over earlier rather than later.

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  21. I am not so happy with the idea of shutting down google reader. Following on bloglovin' :)

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    1. It's definitely causing some drama. No one likes it, but I expect it will result in a lot of people leaving Blogger. A lot of people only stick around because they don't want to lose their followers. This will solve that.

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  22. Oh my goodness, THANK YOU! I knew google reader was going away, and I was a little worried about re-following all the blogs I try and keep up with. But this was awesome! Thanks!

    Madison
    atthedogparkblog.blogspot.com

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  23. I don't even know if this affects me, but am happy to know how to fix it if it does...I clearly lack and tech-knowledge!

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  24. Thank you for the information :)

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  25. I've been hearing a lot about Bloglovin & Feedly and feel good that there's an alternative. My concern now is GFC widget. :(

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