Morning Peeps, there seems to be lots of talk going around blogland regarding Google Reader being disabled on 1st July and as I'm something of a dinosaur with anything outside my normal blogging comfort zone and not a social networker, it got me worried so I've been scouting around the tinternet.
I can see loads of people have already changed to something called Bloglovin but not sure what this would give me because as far as I can tell I don't view blogs in Google Reader because when I see new posts from those I follow pop up on my dashboard there is a button to the right which says "View in Google Reader". If I click that it gives is totally different formal to my norm.................I did say I am a dinosaur, so lots of you might grin at this comment. But I hope I am assuming rightly that means I don't actually use Google Reader.
Anyhow, for those of you who remain as confused as I am about it all, this is what I found from Google Forum:
"Your blog won't disappear. Your followers won't disappear. Your list of blogs that you read now might disappear if you use Google Reader but we all have plenty of time to switch to a new reader and truthfully, it's not as big of a hassle as it sounds
The reading list on your dashboard is based on the feed of the blogs you are reading and their feeds are not going away. If you have items in your reading list on the dashboard that are only there because you added them through Google Reader and they are not Blogger blogs, they might be removed from the list when Google Reader goes away but any Blogger blog that is on your Reading List because you used the "following" gadget on another blog to start following it, should remain intact.
GFC is already a basically discontinued product, and the removal of Google Reader will not affect its status. So if you clicked "follow" on a bunch of blogs, your blogs will still be on your dashboard after July 1st."
It must have been about this time last year that the dashboard interface changes were imposed on us all and seems to me Google is driving us towards fee based blogs, I'm sure it's only a matter of time. There was also similar talk about following and followers all disappearing and many peeps added a different follower gadget, but nothing actually changed on that front Google wise.
I think there is a good degree of tinternet hype and opinions being voiced at the moment as to what we should all do and this leads to panic reaction, but it worries me how much is actually based on fact and would prefer to be able to make an informed decision.
Your views and thought greatly appreciated........................