Goodbye Google Reader!

So Google Reader, which has been a popular way to follow all your favorite blogs, is shutting down on Monday, July 1st.  This news has been circulating for a long time now, so if you use it, I’m sure you’re already quite aware of what this means.  I haven’t really been paying much attention because I never used Google Reader to manage my blog subscriptions!  But it seems like it’s a big deal to a lot of people, so probably worth mentioning.  From what I understand, if you’ve been using Google Reader, you probably should have saved all your subscriptions and switched over to a new reader by now.  Buuuuut, if you’re a super procrastinator like me, maybe you haven’t!

Well, get on it!

If you’re trying to figure out how to continue following this blog after Google Reader goes bye-bye, OR you’re new to this whole blog thing and want some suggestions on how to keep up with all these posts, here are my recommendations based on what I use and love, and also from what I’ve heard from friends and what is popular in this community.

bloglovin

I’ve been using bloglovin’ as a blog reader for as long as I’ve been following blogs and I really like it.  Since I haven’t used any other services, I can’t really compare, but it’s easy to understand and manage, so I recommend you check it out.

feedly

I haven’t used feedly myself, but I’ve heard really good things about it.  In fact, I feel like it’s the most recommended replacement for Google Reader.  My buddy, Kristin, (who I basically stole this entire post from) mentioned in her post that feedly has a “how to import your feeds from google reader” tool, which seems handy, but I’m pretty sure you need to get on that ASAP if you want to use it.

facebook

Facebook is another easy way to keep up with what’s going on here, especially if you’re already a regular FB user.  “Like” the you & mie page and you’ll get links to recent blog posts, sneak peeks at current projects, links to awesome giveaways, inspiration, sales and other happenings around the sewing world that I think fans might be interested in, and other random questions, news and funny moments as I go about my day 🙂

emailIf you don’t follow a ton of blogs and like the convenience of new blog posts delivered instantly to your email inbox, you can also follow this blog via email subscription.  To be quite honest, I don’t really understand how feedburner works, but I guess you can use it to subscribe to the site.  You can also look over in my sidebar to the right and there is a “subscribe” box where you can enter your email address and subscribe pretty easily as well.

And if you are an Instagram junkie like me, you can follow me @youandmie to see what I’m up to, both sewing and otherwise.  And now IG has video too!  Just got even more addicting.

Anyways, I hope this helps a little bit.  I also just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who follow this blog – no matter how you do it – it really means a lot to me!  I love being able to share this part of my life with you all, and feel like I’m not just talking to myself all the time 😛

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back with some new sewing projects next week!

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