After months of frustration with Bloglines and an increasing array of bloggers reviewing Google Reader very positively I decided a couple of days ago to make the switch – at least temporarily to test GR.
I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and am getting used to it’s features.
- I do like that it marks things as read as you scroll (although part of me liked the way Bloglines did it too)
- I would like to see it speed up a little (particularly on feeds with a lot of unread items)
- I do like the layout more than Bloglines (smaller fonts etc mean I’m now seeing a lot more items at a glance)
But one thing I’ve noticed is the different order that my feeds now appear. I still have folders and the same feeds in them – however they are now arranged alphabetically rather than in the order that I subscribed to them in.
My previous set up placed older blogs at the top of my feed and newer ones at the bottom. At times I would start at the bottom for a more ‘youthful’ read.
With Google Reader I’m finding I’m reading a different set of blogs more regularly – namely those that start with ‘A’. In a sense my new ‘A-list’ are actually blogs which are blogs starting with ‘A’.
Perhaps I’m missing the feature in GR that lets me rearrange the order blogs are arranged in – but I wonder if this will lead to blogs doing what businesses have done for years to get at the front of phone books and naming themselves “AAAAAA+ Business Name”?
Perhaps I should change ProBlogger’s name to ‘A ProBlogger’s Guide to Making Money Online’ :-)