Thursday, March 14, 2013

They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot

When I started blogging a little over four years I'd never heard of Google Reader. Google Reader is the feature of Google where I can see a list of all the Blogger blogs that I follow. I look at it on my desktop computer and on my phone. I follow a lot of blogs. Some I visit often and some I stop by once a week or once a month. During the weekends I try and see all the new posts and catch up with my bloggy friends, via Google Reader.

I haven't thought much about this marvel that has let me easily follow blogs I enjoy, until this morning when I read that Google Reader will be history as of July 1, 2013. Bye bye with tears, Google Reader! I am hoping that the recommended replacement, Google Takeout, will work well, but right now I'm concerned that nothing can take the place of my beloved Reader.

Of course, if you had asked me a week ago or a day ago what my thoughts were about Google Reader I would have told you it was fine, nothing special and not given it a second thought. But in the words of the Joni Mitchell song that is the title for this post, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Isn't that the way for so many things!

I'm going to do some research about replacements for Reader. Is anyone using Google Takeout or found a different way to keep track of the blogs they follow? I can do email subscriptions, but I find I don't keep up with blogs as much via email and rarely comment. I'm open and grateful for any and all thoughts.

On other fronts, work is busier and busier. Our big project launches in nine days. I've worked on this for over two years and we're down to nine days. The few days of spring we've had has returned to winter and I can't find my gloves or hat. Luckily I've kept track of my wool socks and turtlenecks.

Wishes for a warm and cozy Friday!
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