I noticed that Google Reader was going away as of July 1 last night when I logged into my account, but didn’t think too much about it. Yes, it requires that I move over my blog subscriptions, but a five-minute fix is hardly worth crying about. There are a million other RSS readers out there, so I’m simply moving on. Here’s how to do it “New Girl in the Air” style.
1. Go to Google.com/Takeout. It may not be delivery, but it’s still easy.
2. Click on Services and Choose Google Reader, then Create Archive.
3. Download the Zip file.
4. Open the Zip file and locate your subscriptions XML file. You’ll need this soon.
5. Sign up for a new Reader account with a different service. I chose Bloglovin, since that’s what I do, but of course you can choose anything you like.
6. Import your subscriptions file. With Bloglovin, you’ll find the option at http://www.bloglovin.com/import. Don’t be concerned that Bloglovin asks for an OPML file; the XML file works just fine.
Of course, you could manually re-subscribe to all blogs you read or just wait until July 1 and hope the Feedly transition moves as seamlessly as it suggests, though this morning when I went to try it out, I got error messages just trying to access the page.