Top ‘o the morning to ya! What are your St. Patrick’s Day festivities today?
In case you completely missed the news, like I normally do, we have a new pope – Pope Francis I. While I am absolutely thrilled that the cardinals finally chose a non-European pope, I cannot help but remain concerned about everything else about the new pontiff. Not only is he 76 years old, he has one lung. The pressures of the office are not going to do him any favors. In addition, he is extremely conservative, having caused more than one kerfuffle among the Brazilians with his stances on popular controversial topics. My fear is that the College of Cardinals are going to pat themselves on the back for selecting the first Pope from outside of Europe and then use that to prove how progressive they are. My thoughts are we have a long way to go before the Catholic Church could ever be deemed even remotely progressive. It will be interesting to see how Pope Francis guides the Church in the months and years to come.
Was anyone as surprised as I was by Google’s announcement they are ending Google Reader? Does this seem particularly concerning to anyone else? We’ve been expecting the demise of Feedburner for a while, but it seems that Google skipped over that little function and went right for the big guns. Are they seriously expecting the millions of people who use Reader to switch to Google+? I was actually thinking of deleting my account with Google+, not move all of my subscriptions to it. So, like the rest of you, I need to find a new RSS reader. Have you found any good ones?
Calling all SoCal bloggers! I’m on the hunt for a good blogger meet-up. Want to join me?
Reviewed this week:
- The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
- Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
- Unremembered by Jessica Brody
I hope everyone has a safe and fun St. Paddy’s Day!
I've looked at Feedly and Bloglovin but not in great detail. I have some time but am just frustrated with the entire situation.
As for the Pope situation, yes I can see how it might not have that much effect on you not being Catholic. Historically though, it is a fascinating situation. Imagine if those walls could talk.
I have a Google+ feed, if only because I couldn't find a way to delete it without disrupting everything. I definitely don't use it the way it is intended to be used and I have never seen the reason to start doing so. I have a feeling that the declaration that RSS feeds are a thing of the past is a bit too premature.
I'm not that impressed with Feedly either. I'm just frustrated at the fact that I now have to spend time finding something that works as a replacement. It isn't as if we have the time to do so. You know?
Google does suck.
We will adapt but at the same rate, it sucks that we have to do so. I just don't agree with the idea that RSS feeds are a thing of the past.
I've been using the Mac app Reeder for a while now, so I'm really, really hoping that they develop something that does not rely on RSS feeds from GR only. I've looked at Feedly too but have not been too impressed.
Not meaning to sound shallow, but the Pope thing just makes me think of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. LOL! I'm not Catholic so I don't think it will really have much effect on me, although it is important on the worldwide scale, I suppose.
GR didn't really upset me too much. I haven't really been using it because it's too overwhelming. I like getting posts via email much better. I will probably move my feeds over though, just in case. I'm thinking about either Feedly or Bloglovin'. Those are the two I've heard are pretty good, but we shall see.
Stupid Google Reader. I'm taking Feedly for a test drive, and since I've tweaked the settings of it a bit, I'm finding it to be a passable alternative. However, I am still aggravated by the whole situation, and I'm definitely less likely than ever to even consider the possibility of joining Google+. If they're just going to willy nilly get rid of the things that people are using, why would I bother getting attached to any more of their stuff? (/grumbling)
I posted about GR today, too – and my future blog plans. I am looking for a new reader, too. I know a lot of people are saying they like Feedly, but I find the layout intimidating and don't feel like taking the time to figure out how it works. I'll let you know if I find anything.
Ha! I started today's post the same way and complained about Google Reader too. Google, you suck.
"My thoughts are we have a long way to go before the Catholic Church could ever be deemed even remotely progressive." Amen, sister! 🙂
As for Google Reader going bye bye, I'm trying Feedly for now and so far, I'm liking it. I think we all just have to adapt to whatever works for us.
I'm so mad about Google Plus.
I'm trying Feedly and BlogLovin.
So far I'm in love with neither.
Let us know what you try.