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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I feel like somebody has taken away my favorite toy. Or ripped the carpet out from under me. Or sipped the last sip of my favorite Syrah.

I’m so upset about the death of Google Reader and a bunch of you have jumped on this weeks ago but I waited till the very end. I loved it because it sat on my iGoogle home page and I could get all the latest posts popping up right away and much to my delight, like Melissa’s fab new lamp and vignette from yesterday. I’m so set in my ways that change in this arena is difficult, but necessary. 

dashboard pop up

 

After much procrastination, I migrated my feed earlier this week and now I use two: the first is Flipboard for when I’m thumbing through on the iPad or iPhone. I like that it “flips” like the pages of a magazine and you get an image teaser – this is my favorite way to read articles at night on the iPad or when I’m stuck somewhere and on my phone.

flipboard for ipad reader

The downside is I can’t Pin from Flipboard unless there is a ‘Pin It’ button, so I have to email myself anything I want to pin or mark it to read later. If you’re on Flipboard too, here’s how to migrate your Google Reader feed in the next few days.

I tried Pulse but didn’t like the black background or the limited settings, maybe I’m missing something but it wasn’t very user friendly to me.  I tried Bloglovin’ and it was pretty good, the import of my favorites was easy. 

bloglovin import

Pinning worked only for the blog url, not the article url for me, is that true for any of you?  The whole blog can be viewed inside Bloglovin so you can see the entire blog layout if you prefer that.

Oh and I found out you can download through Google Takeout all of your Reader subscriptions just in case you want a backup.

google takeout

 

I tried the Feedly service and it’s the one I like best – it has a clean aesthetic and sensible settings and feels the most like Google Reader.

feedly

 

I also like the “preview” function, which allows you to comment on a post inside the Feedly, yay!  Google Reader didn’t have that so I consider that a bonus for Feedly.

preview reply

And you can create categories (woot!) for the different kinds of blogs you read, travel, DIY, design, whatever!

If you follow this blog with a reader, you can subscribe in Feedly or Bloglovin or your reader of choice – or subscribe via email too (see Subscribe tab on blog home page). The posts automatically post on Facebook as well if you like CG there.

So friends, there’s still time. Five more days. What about you? Where did you send your feed subscription?  What do you like or dislike about your new reader? Any convenient settings I should know about?

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Four Years Old!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

number fourHey there friends, today CG turns four! February 15th marks the day four years ago I logged into Blogger, picked this url, and started this adventure as a hobby in the beginning and now it’s a job, I never would have imagined such a thing could happen.

Along the way I’ve made some amazing friends and been blessed with incredible opportunities, I’m so grateful for each one, but I must say the thing that keeps me coming back to the keyboard each day is you and I mean it with all sincerity.

Your comments motivate me to share my ideas, designs, and thoughts on a regular basis so I have to start with a big thank you to all of you who continue to read each day. I’m not going to analyze the blog traffic in numbers but I will say they long ago exceeded my expectations.  

Every year I write a summary of what I’ve learned so I’m doing it again this year but first I thought it would be interesting to see what four years into this gig the readership looks like – thanks to thousands of survey answers, here’s a breakdown of the numbers which reveal who YOU are.

This cracked me up but I really wasn’t surprised. Hello to you male readers out there, I love when you comment!

male or female

 

In the age group, I broke down the younger crowd into 5 year categories but then mistakenly grouped the over 40 crowd into 10 year groups (gaffe!) and you all left some great comments about that!  

age of cg readers

  

A majority of you have college degrees, you smart people you, and I love when you catch my typos and grammatical errors, which is at least one per post. 

education

 

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