Google Reader Update and Changes This Week at GeneaBloggers

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Here is an update on changes at GeneaBloggers due to the demise of Google Reader on July 1, 2013:

  • My RSS Feed Reader: I’ve decided to use Feedly ( as my own personal RSS feed reader.  I’ve compared other programs and right now Feedly comes closest to replicating the Google Reader experience.  I’ve also seen improvements in terms of speed and access compared to last month when I first tried Feedly.
  • Google Alerts: One task is to migrate the tech blog feeds and Google Alerts over to Feedly.  I’ve done my research and determined that Feedly does not allow two accounts so I need to use categories to group those items for easier access.
  • Backing up Google Reader: As a backup so I don’t lose any information in the transition to Feedly, I’ve used the Google Reader export feature and opened the XML file in Notepad and pasted the contents into a Microsoft Word document where I am doing some cleanup. Tedious, yes, but it gives me peace of mind.
  • Blog Types: I am looking at several ways to consolidate multiple RSS Feeds into one feed and then use a mechanism to display those posts and blogs in a widget. I don’t want an open system where any spammer can submit their blog or post and have it appear. On my radar are Yahoo Pipes, ChimpFeeder and WidgetBox.
  • New blogs: For the next two weeks, I won’t be adding newly-discovered or submitted blogs to the list at GeneaBloggers until I set up a system and routine that works.

I’m hoping for as smooth a transition as possible, but members of GeneaBloggers and readers need to realize that there may be some glitches and hiccups along the way.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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2 thoughts on “Google Reader Update and Changes This Week at GeneaBloggers

  1. Thank you, Thomas, for your diligence to keep the geneabloggers’ history and blogs all in tact as you move geneabloggers to I moved my RSS feeder from Google Reader to Feedly early on after your past notifications about the shut down of Google Reader. I am still learning to use it, but am satisfied that this transition is the best for me.

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