I think it is safe to say that most bloggers had a moment of severe panic whenever they heard about the demise of Google Reader. Google Reader is probably a huge part of why I have people who read what I have to say. When I first found out I was dumbfounded.
It was a lot to take in. Then of course, came the next stage.
After which, I felt incredibly shallow for caring so much about numbers. It was never the point of getting this started. The idea of losing readers does stink though when you work really hard to attain them.
And thus I went through the stages of mourning Google Reader. When I started to look into my options though, I started to feel tons better. There are so many options available for people looking to switch readers. I looked into a couple of them.
A super popular reader to switch to is Feedly. I check it out. It's actually pretty awesome. You can categorize posts into folders, mark articles for later use, and it is well organized. Appearance-wise, it's super clean-cut and you can change the colors for your preference. Another cool thing about it is that it has apps for your iPhone, Andriod, and Kindle.
Next there is bloglovin' which I have seen become pretty popular as an alternative. The set-up is much more Tumblr-like. You have the options to sort by blog or date, much like Google Reader. Apparently they now have handy apps that you can download and the landscape is much like what many of us are used to. I know that I personally have added the option to follow through bloglovin' on my own blog.
*ATTENTION BLOGGERS* If you want this to be an option that you can track, you need to get your blog set up on bloglovin'. It's super easy, but you will have to make that step.
Both of these options can connect with Google Reader and import all of your blogs that you follow. Both of them will give the option when you are setting up. Luckily Google gave us some time to find our perfect fit for an alternative. You have till July 1 to get all this done. I am not sure whether you will have the quick and easy option of importing your blogs from Google Reader after that date. As a precaution, make sure that you get all of your information using Google Takeout. That way, if you decide later to use something like NetVibes, all you will have to do is import the Reader OPML file to get all that info into your next reader.
There is still so much information. I found these two articles to be incredibly helpful in my "research" to find the next great reader.
I hope you found this helpful! Just be sure not to wait till the last minute!