The closest experience to Google Reader is Bazqux. Literally two clicks and I had an account with all of my Google Reader feeds imported (since I created an account by logging in via the same Google account that my RSS feeds are linked to).
There’s a $30 free trial, and then it’s $9 (or more if you like) per year.
The website is super fast, it has the same general feel that Google Reader does although it’s missing some of the customized functionality that I got used to in Reader (or at least in a few minutes of playing I haven’t found it yet).
Only downside is that it doesn’t have its own mobile app, it’s feeds are compatible with other apps but there’s no ‘Bazqux’ I can download in the Google Play store.
The other great replacement, it seems to me, is Newsblur — you can have a limited (up to 64 feeds) free account or $24 a year for premium. They do have iOS and Android apps.
Both are more functional, and more navigable, than Feedly which became immediately popular. I just don’t like feedly.
Google Reader goes away July 1. That’s a big deal for me, because it’s the way that I keep up with a myriad of blogs — both miles, points and travel and also others of interest to me.
Some blogs will benefit. It’ll mean more people clicking on their websites, instead of reading their feeds, so they’ll make a bit more on display ads. Other sites will lose out — simply because people who read them in RSS won’t read them anymore. Their Google Reader subscribers won’t come back. This is especially true for blogs that don’t update regularly (who remembers to check in on a blog once a week or once a month? a subscription put the new post front and center).
I have a pretty good number of readers who follow me via RSS, and I hope all of you continue to read in a form other than Google Reader after the end of the month. There are several ways to do it — checking in here at ViewFromTheWing.com of course, following me on Facebook or Twitter, subscribing to my daily emails, or selecting a new RSS reader.
For those of you that have been Google Reader users: what is your post-June solution?